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Hannah wins £15,000 MBA Challenge

Published: 4th October 2011

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A PROJECT manager working for the NHS has been named Manchester Metropolitan University’s MBA Challenge winner.

Hannah Lowry wins a full £15,450 scholarship for the part-time Executive MBA programme, and will begin her studies in October at the Business School.

The University’s launched the MBA Challenge in July, and offered a full scholarship to the winner, and a £3,000 scholarship to each of the two runners up.

Twenty hopefuls were shortlisted to take part in a series of business challenges designed to test their business and leadership skills. The Challenge culminated in an award ceremony, which took place at Mint Hotel in Manchester on 28 September.

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Hannah, 36 from Stretford, said: “I wanted to take part in the MBA Challenge as I’d been considering studying for an MBA for quite a while, and the Challenge looked fun and interesting. The four challenges were all very different, and I particularly enjoyed the ‘enterprise’ element, where we had to write a business case for a company.

“Taking part in the Challenge was thought provoking for me as it helped me to think about business development and decisions in a different way. Being able to investigate business issues out of the context of the workplace really helped me to consider how I might apply them to real scenarios, and gave me the thinking space to do so.

“The Challenge gave me a real thirst for knowledge, and a taster of the subjects I could learn about on an MBA at MMU, and I’m keen to carry on with my professional development.”

Daniel Sheratte, MBA Programme Manager at MMU’s Business School, said: “Hannah was a worthy winner of the MBA Challenge, as she demonstrated strong team awareness, robust business acumen and an innovative and exciting marketing approach.

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“After speaking with all of the finalists, I think it’s fair to say they all enjoyed the challenges, and we hope that many will consider studying for an MBA as a meaningful and useful way to continue their professional development.”

Professor Ruth Ashford, Dean of the Business School and Pro Vice Chancellor, added: “The MBA, with its Association of MBA accreditation, is a flagship programme for the Business School at MMU. This competition was designed to engage the talent in the region and seek out the best – which it certainly did in finding our enthusiastic and very gifted prize winners.”