Phil Megicks mission and vision interview

What is the Mission and Vision for the Plymouth Graduate School of Management?

The Plymouth Graduate School of Management is dedicated to providing an excellent learning experience for postgraduates in general business and its distinctive areas of expertise founded upon a critical, analytical approach to management education. Our staff and students undertake rigorous and relevant research that has impact, and makes a positive contribution to wider society locally, nationally, and internationally. We offer a continually evolving range of applied learning opportunities for our students who are stimulated by the intellectual contributions of our academics, and engagement with our corporate, professional and community partners.

We aspire to be recognised as a leading international management school that has built a reputation for the excellence of its graduate education, its world-class research, and its constructive interaction with business and the professions. We aim to grow our global presence by attracting students and working with high quality partner institutions from across the world. Our intention is to promote sustainable innovation and robust management solutions through ensuring that our research has impact, and our education enhances the effective decision-making of future leaders.

How do the learning experiences provided by Plymouth Graduate School of Management prepare its students for their future careers?

We offer a range of masters programmes in general business and specialist areas of management expertise which meet the diverse needs of students looking to pursue different career paths. In addition to offering opportunities for progressing in management generally our portfolio includes masters level qualifications in finance, marketing, human resource management and leadership, and international shipping, logistics and supply chain management.

All our programmes are delivered by international experts in their field who are academically and professionally qualified as well as having practical experience as managers or consultants to businesses and government organisations.

We offer an applied learning experience underpinned by a critical, analytical approach to decision making. To enable this we provide our students with the essential knowledge of the discipline and develop their ability to generate and use evidence to solve problems. Wherever possible we use live client contexts and case studies to embed the practical aspects of graduate learning. We also ensure that all our masters students have the opportunity to build strong leadership and team-working skills.

Our doctoral students that study for PhDs or professional doctorates are supervised by experienced, internationally recognised scholars in their discipline areas. Our expertise covers all areas of management and business. Students are provided with theoretical guidance and generic and specific training in research methodology and methods. Many of our formers students have taken up academic posts in business schools in the UK and throughout the world. Details of particular areas in which our academics have supervisory expertise can be found on the website pages of our three research centres details of which are provided below.

What are the research history and the current research opportunities at Plymouth Graduate School of Management?

The School has developed its research activities over the past two decades and now ranks as one of the foremost new universities in the UK in terms of its research outputs and impact in management and business. Plymouth University is ranked amongst the top 300 Universities in the world, and is the top-rated new University in the UK under 50 years old. It has achieved this through the strength of its research income and outputs, and especially the citation of its publications. There is a strong research environment in the School which engages its staff and students in a range of projects which are funded by research councils, national and European government, private sector businesses and professional bodies. Our research is organised through three research centres: Centre for Research in Sustainable Leadership, Governance and Policy (SLGP); Services and Enterprise Research Centre (SERC); and Centre for Maritime Logistics, Economics and Finance (CEMLEF). We have opportunities for research students, visiting scholars and potential collaborators to work with us on projects that relate to our areas of research expertise that exist within our Research Centres.

How do you see the role of Plymouth Graduate School of Management at the local, national and international levels?

The School aims to make an impact in its education, research and external engagement at all levels.

Locally we provide opportunities for students to study for postgraduate qualifications that are relevant to the needs of business and government; we provide research that focuses on regional issues and has practical value particularly from the viewpoint of industry sectors such a marine and maritime, agriculture and food, and healthcare; and we engage with the many SMEs and government bodies providing them with executive education opportunities to strengthen their capabilities in increasingly difficult economic and competitive circumstances.

In the UK we offer masters programmes for students wishing to enhance their career particularly if they do not have a management, discipline–based, or specific professional qualification which will enable them to maximise their chances of employment and enhance their earning potential. We also provide research studentship opportunities for undergraduates to gain a doctoral qualification and potentially pursue an academic career. Our researchers undertake projects that have outcomes which can influence government policy and commercial practice in various industrial sectors as well as in professional bodies. Much of this work has a real impact on the national economy and wider society through improving performance across large private and public sector organisations, SMEs, and social enterprises.

Internationally we provide graduate education opportunities for students from around the world who join the school to study a general business masters programme or one of our specialist postgraduate qualifications. Many students from diverse backgrounds come to study with us in Plymouth and this year they will benefit from the new dedicated teaching facilities of Mast House located on Sutton Harbour overlooking the historic Barbican and Plymouth Sound. In addition we offer our programmes at various locations throughout the world including from mainland Europe to the Far East. We also have a strong presence in Europe in terms of working with other Universities and organisations on government funded projects. This extends to all parts of the world in terms of collaborating with research colleagues on various projects that are often funded from commercial sources. Furthermore we have an extended global network of organisations that we deal with in terms of offering applied research and consultancy. Notable areas of expertise include logistics and supply chain management particularly with regard to shipping and the marine sector, fundraising and non-profit marketing, the creative industries such as cinema and music festivals, and financial services.

How is the Plymouth Graduate School of Management developing to meet the challenges of the future?

The School faces the challenge of increasing competition both nationally and internationally and ensuring that it meets the needs of a growing student base in terms of providing the graduate educational experience that is relevant, rigorous and offers enhanced career prospects. The School’s approach of embedding applied learning opportunities and critical analysis all its programmes is designed to maximise the value it adds for its students which will make them more effective managers and decision makers. The School also continuously reviews its programmes to ensure that they remain contemporary being informed by the most recent research, and business and professional practice. We also seek to attract the very best academics and practitioners from around the world that will enhance our reputation for world class management education and research. In addition we will continue to engage with a wide range of different organisations to ensure that we are meeting their needs as a provider of management and leadership talent, as well as having an impact through our research on how they operate in an increasingly more dynamic and complex global environment.