Essex Business School


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Our events programme

Essex Business School organises a variety of events throughout each year to engage students, colleagues and prospective students with our school aims and academic research.

Events include: research seminars; professional conferences; business networking events; executive education programmes and events; MBA conferences; undergraduate careers conferences as well as open days and applicant days for prospective students at both our Colchester and Southend Campuses.

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Student and alumni conferences

The Essex Business School Learning Team organise weekly careers, skills and support events for our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The flagship student event of the academic calendar is the Successful Futures Conference, a careers conference like no other where professional development is placed at the centre and students experience hands on the future of their world of work.

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Student conferences and events include:

Successful Futures Conference

Successful Futures is the student careers and professional development conference that is just for Essex Business School students. From bots to crypto-currencies, students gain hands on experience of the world beyond Essex.

Essex Business School is one of the only business schools to run an undergraduate focused conference and our students have this unique opportunity to engage in topical business debates.


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The Essex MBA Conference

The Essex MBA conference is an annual event for Essex MBA students, alumni, teaching staff and business stakeholders.

Each year we explore a different theme which reflects current affairs in business and the global economy. Delegates are encouraged to contribute to panel sessions, market reviews and workshop style presentations.

The MBA conference is an excellent opportunity for networking amongst our active MBA community.


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Skills Events

The Essex Business School Learning Team run a variety of skills and academic support services for our students throughout their Essex journey.

Additional to running the professional skills and modules for undergraduates and postgraduate students as part of the taught curriculum, the Learning Team provide a daily drop-in service throughout term time for all Essex Business School students as well as regular skills workshops and seminars.


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Careers Events

Current students (and recent alumni) are invited to attend regular careers fairs, events, workshops and seminars throughout each academic year.

Specifically designed to help current Essex students build a CV, practice interview technique, test themselves for assessment centres and more, the Student Development Team offer a full programme of extra-curricular events which are bookable through Essex CareerHub.


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Research seminars

Our research centres and groups organise weekly seminars which showcase the work of our academic staff and PhD students.

We invite speakers from universities across the world to share their latest research papers. Our own academics often take part too, sharing insights into their work to help our researchers collaborate and learn from best practice.


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Our research centres and groups run regular research seminars and events:

Essex Accounting Centre (EAC)

The Essex Accounting Centre is and interdisciplinary research centre which explores themes such as: religion, sociology, law, politics, government, organisational studies, accounting and economic development, accounting in the public and third sectors, regulation and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The EAC regularly runs research seminars related to these themes and more throughout the academic year.


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Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)

The Essex Finance Centre is an internationally renowned research centre which encourages teaching excellence and innovation in finance and banking and explore themes such as: asset pricing, banking, behavioural finance, commodity markets, corporate finance, financing of SMEs, financial econometrics, international finance, portfolio and risk management, and bank risk management using computational methods and Value-at-Risk models.

The Essex Finance Centre run regular research seminars and events throughout the academic year which support the centre's research aims but also to expose students, staff and researchers to new and contemporary research in finance and banking.


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Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS)

The Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) is an interdisciplinary research centre which combines innovative and critical thinking about the relationship between work, organisations and society while also considering critical social science research in areas such as: contemporary working lives, methods and strategies applied to the research of work and its organisation, the complex and dynamic nature of contemporary society and, within it, the broadly understood processes of organising.

CWOS organise regular research seminars and events throughout the academic year which showcase current and ongoing research to expand on the aims of the research centre.


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Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE) Group

The Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE) group is the academic research and teaching group based at Essex Business School's Southend Campus. An interdisciplinary group, MSE research focuses on two broad themes: management and science; and entrepreneurship and SME management.

The group's work on management science explores themes such as: supply chain and operations, strategy, complex systems, network analysis and applied economics and econometrics. While the group's work on entrepreneurship and SME management explores the themes of: marketing (such as B2B and CRM), internationalisation, innovation, product and network development of SMEs, the challenges faced by specific entrepreneurial groups, such as social, female an ethnic entrepreneurs, the development of 'intrapreneur' and how entrepreneurship can be delivered within education curriculum to increase entrepreneurial awareness, aspiration, intention and behaviour.

The MSE group run regular research seminars, workshops and events throughout the academic year to engage group members, students, researchers and visiting fellows.


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Academic conferences

Essex Business School plays host to several major academic conferences every year.


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Conferences include:

Accounting and Accountability in Emerging Economies Conference

The Essex Accounting Centre (EAC) and the Centre for Accountability and Global Development organise the annual Accounting and Accountability in Emerging Economies (AAEE) Conference which aims to engage those interested in how accounting and accountability debates might play a greater role in the economic and social development.

The conference is supported but the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (JAEE) and offers researchers the opportunity to discuss their findings in a peer led manner.

Essex Finance Centre Conference in Banking and Finance

The Conference in Banking and Corporate Finance is an annual conference organised by the Essex Finance Centre (EFiC) research centre.

Since 2016, the conference has grown rapidly in scale and has seen us welcome prestigious speakers such as: Professor Renée B. Adams, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; and Professor Hashem Pesaran, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Corporate Governance in Changing Institutional Environments

Essex Business School hosted the 5th annual International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS) conference on 11 to 13 October 2019.

The theme for the conference was Corporate Governance in Changing Institutional Environments and we welcomed Dame Inga Beale, former CEO of Lloyds, as the keynote speaker. 

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