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Manchester Executive MBA Challenge 2015 launch

Published: 8th May 2015

Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, with last year’s winner Victor Padee and Alexandra Cook, Group Head of Development at Williams Group

BUSINESS leaders could be in with the chance of winning a £17,200 scholarship as part of the Manchester Executive MBA Challenge 2015.

One lucky winner will win the full scholarship to study for the highly respected Executive MBA at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School to accelerate their career.

Two additional runner-up scholarships of £4,000 and 17 worth £2,000 are also available as part of MMU’s Executive MBA Challenge, now in its fifth year.

Professionals from the private and public sectors will compete in a series of challenges running in July and September.

Candidates will have their skills tested to reveal their management and leadership qualities. Points will be awarded after each challenge and the person with the most points will be crowned winner.


Daniel Sheratte, MBA and Masters Development Manager at MMU, said: “The MBA Challenge is a great opportunity for experienced professionals to find out what are the demands and rewards of an MBA and test themselves in the company of similar leaders from a wide range of sectors and industries.

“Our 25 years’ experience of running MBA programmes is excellent testament to the quality, resilience and flexibility we embed in the programme, retaining relevance in an ever-changing commercial world.

“We are proud of our connections with industry and it is this robust relationship which plays a significant role in ensuring the academic rigour of our flagship Executive MBA programme has legitimate practical application in the workplace.”

MBA Challenge 2014 winner Victor Padee added: “It was an extremely tough competition that took you out of your comfort zone and challenged you - but that’s what the MBA is all about. All of the staff were fantastic and the Business School is a brilliant place to advance your leadership qualities on the Executive MBA.”

To enter the Manchester Executive MBA challenge, sponsored by Williams Land Rover, candidates must have a minimum of three years' relevant management experience and a bachelor's degree, or a minimum of seven years' relevant management experience without formal higher education qualifications.


The Executive MBA at MMU is accredited by the Association of MBAs, ensuring that students gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Teaching takes place in three-day study blocks in the Business School’s state-of-the-art teaching and research headquarters and the MBA programme includes an international study tour, a series of industry guest speakers and business visits.

Alexandra Cook, Development Director at Williams Group, the leading retailer of BMW, MINI, Land Rover and BMW Bikes in the North West of England, added: “As a family-owned business that prides itself on the development of its staff via bespoke training schemes including those for middle and senior management, we are proud to support the outstanding opportunities offered by the Manchester Executive MBA Challenge.

“If the North West of England is to maintain and enhance its reputation for producing the brightest and best business executives from academia and industry and most importantly retaining that talent, initiatives such as the Challenge need to be championed by the corporate community of the region.

“We wish MMU Business School all the best with its latest Executive MBA Challenge and say ‘good luck’ to all the managers and professionals competing for the scholarships on offer.”

Registration for the Manchester MBA Challenge opens on Friday 8th May and candidates have until Monday 22nd June 2015 to apply. To apply, log on to