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Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email morwenna.carr@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activity

During Welcome Week you will complete a short project with a group of your peers. This is designed to help you get to know other students on your course and to give you a chance to get used to doing some academic work again after the summer. Our September 2021 starters found it useful – they told us it increased their confidence and helped them to meet people.

You’ll get feedback on your project to help with your studies, but it won’t be officially assessed (so it won’t be a part of your grades).

You can see the projects below – have a look at yours and think about the question. You might want to write down your thoughts or have a look at the news or the companies involved so you feel prepared for your Welcome Week Project!

Accounting and Business Management BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation on the topic below. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Please read the article ‘3 Strategic Recovery Priorities for Management Accountants’ by Nick Jackon, Financial Management.

Questions

1. What are the ways in which Jackson suggests that accountants can contribute to companies’ resilience during and after the Covid-19 pandemic?
2. The article suggests that ‘businesses are increasingly looking to invest in finance technology that gives them visibility of their productivity and supply chain challenge’.


a) What do you think this financial technology might look like?
b) How might the financial technology you imagined above change the way a business operates?


3. In a post-Covid-19 world, accounting may be less about numbers and more about technology and relationships.

Think back to when you chose to study a business course before the pandemic began – how do you think the role of an accountant might be different now to how you imagined it to look then? What additional skills might you need to demonstrate when you enter the post-Covid-19 workplace?

Business and Management BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation on the topic below. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Identify a company/industry/field in which Covid-19 has been a business disrupter. Explain the effects of the disruption for the company/industry/field and for the consumer or user of that company/industry/field.

Questions

How has Covid-19 disrupted the company/industry/field?

- what are the effects of that disruption on the company/industry/field?
- What are the effects of the disruption on the consumer?
- What do you think the long-term effects might be on consumers and wider society?

Human Resource Management BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation to help Aisha, the owner of a start-up firm named ‘Caricips’, to solve the following problem. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Scenario

‘I wanted to start my business by selling my drinks at my local market. This was to raise brand awareness and also to do market research and get feedback on the products. I needed £1750 to purchase a gazebo, tables, trademark, bottles, ingredients and equipment. I had recently started a new job and didn’t have this kind of money to spend. I needed to raise this amount within a month as I planned to do the market in 2 months.

If you were in this situation, what avenues would you explore to raise money for your brand?’

Entrepreneurship and Innovation BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation on the topic below. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Question

Identify the challenges and opportunities Covid-19 has created for achieving employee work-life balance? You might want to consider:

- How did Covid-19 changed the world of work?
- What are the effects of Covid-19 on the work-life balance of parents?
- What are the effects of Covid-19 on the work-life balance of single employees?
- What do you think the long-terms effects of remote working will be on employees and the wider society?

International Business BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation on the topic below. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Identify a company/industry/field in which Covid-19 has been a business disrupter. Explain the effects of the disruption for the company/industry/field and for the consumer or user of that company/industry/field.

Questions

How has Covid-19 disrupted the company/industry/field?

- What are the effects of that disruption on the company/industry/field?
- What are the effects of the disruption on the consumer?
- What do you think the long-term effects might be on consumers and wider society?

Marketing Management BSc

Working in your groups, you will submit a three-minute presentation on the topic below. You will submit EITHER a recording of yourselves delivering your presentation OR no more than four slides and accompanying notes.

Identify a company/industry/field in which Covid-19 has been a business disrupter. Explain the effects of the disruption for the company/industry/field and for the consumer or user of that company/industry/field.

Questions

How has Covid-19 disrupted the company/industry/field?

- What are the effects of that disruption on the company/industry/field?
- What are the effects of the disruption on the consumer?
- What do you think the long-term effects might be on consumers and wider society?