A mature student in the Management Centre was shortlisted in the MBA Student of the Year Award, run by the Association of MBAs and The Independent.
Nominations were received from more than 30 of the 54 AMBA accredited business schools in Europe. Judges, including senior figures from the business world and the public sector, admitted that standards were higher than ever this year.
Glen Patterson, who completed his MBA with the University of Leicester Management School in September 2000, was delighted when the Management Centre nominated him for the prestigious award, and even more so to be shortlisted.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he had not undertaken a first degree, but had long held the ambition to go to university. It has been a busy year for him with a full-time course and the birth of his first child. He now looks set to achieve a high quality degree.
Students nominated for the award have to satisfy nine criteria, including academic achievement, team leadership, and ambassadorship for their business school and those who have risen to a personal challenge or faced a major career change are particularly singled out.
Quoted in The Independent, Mike Jones, Director-General of AMBA said: "All those who were nominated are strong personalities, strong leaders in their own right and fantastic ambassadors for the MBA as a qualification".
Glen Patterson admits that he embarked on the MBA course with very little academic self-confidence, and more than once in the early weeks almost gave up, but he is in no doubt that his persistence paid off.
He said: "I feel so honoured that the University should elect me. It's such a privilege to represent the University of Leicester in this way. When I was looking for an MBA programme, I wanted one that was seen as a good quality business school, with AMBA accreditation. Out of the possibilities I considered Leicester seemed the best fit for my circumstances. I have had tremendous support from the staff. My place on the shortlist is down to them and to the continual support I received from my wife.
"My aim in taking an MBA was to develop myself personally and professionally. The Leicester degree has been good for that. It was wide-ranging and I could build on my interests and strengths. I feel a different person now from who I was, and I want to carry those benefits back into industry."
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