Cambridge Judge launches inaugural Recognition Awards
The inaugural Cambridge Judge Business School Recognition Awards took place last week, with the world-famous business school using the opportunity to thank five companies and organisations for actively engaging with and supporting the School.
Google, Barclays, the World Bank Group, Invesco and the Sainsbury family were honoured at a lunch in London to show Cambridge Judge’s appreciation.
“The involvement of external organisations is vital to the research, teaching and practical application that are all crucial components of Cambridge Judge Business School,” said the School’s Dean, Professor Christoph Loch, at the lunch event. “The support of our external partners is vital in helping us develop the business leaders of tomorrow.”
“This lunch is a celebration of all we have achieved together and is our way of thanking our corporates, NGOs and government organisations, and CJBS collaborators for their support and engagement with Cambridge Judge Business School,” said Donnell Roy, director of External Engagement at Cambridge Judge. “In almost three decades they have enabled us to advance real-world research and train the academics of tomorrow, support thousands of entrepreneurs, offer targeted training for top businesses, establish global professional networks for almost 10,000 alumni, become thought leaders in best business and management practices, engage meaningfully with the key issues of our time, and be ranked among the top 20 business schools globally. Their knowledge, energy, curiosity and commitment has allowed CJBS to become truly transformative.”
The five Recognition Award winners and their categories are:
Google – the Student Champion Award
Google was honoured for its consistent support of Cambridge Judge students, including providing our students with global consulting projects, hosting corporate trips to various Google offices, and providing speakers for numerous events. As a result of this close relationship, many of our students have secured internships and more than 50 Cambridge Judge alumni work at Google offices around the world.
Barclays – the Executive Education Elevate Award
Barclays Bank was recognised for two signature programmes that Barclays and Cambridge Judge implement together. The Compliance Career Academy, launched in 2014, transforms the Group Compliance function by fostering partnership, knowledge and career development for compliance officers globally. The Scale Up UK programme fosters and supports entrepreneurial startups in scaling up their businesses through an effective strategic plan that instils confidence and boosts skill development for senior management teams, enabling them to scale to the next level.
The World Bank Group – Trailblazer Award
The World Bank Group was recognised for its collaboration over the past two years with the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) in the area of global alternative finance market and regulatory research. Working with multiple teams, the Centre is in the process of co-creating the CCAF-World Bank Global Alternative Finance Market Volume Data Portal, which contains empirical data collected over the period 2013-17 across 185 countries and contains the most comprehensive data in crowdfunding and marketplace lending. CCAF and the World Bank Group are also working on the Global Alternative Finance Regulation Survey, which surveys financial regulators and central banks about their fintech regulations, and on other projects in Europe and Africa.
Invesco – the 360 Award
Invesco has committed to a 10-year research collaboration with Cambridge Judge with a primary focus on research activities that advance knowledge in long-term asset management, alternative finance and data analytics. Through this engagement, the global investment management company founded and supports a Chair in Asset Management and research support to three Centres at Cambridge Judge – the Centre for Alternative Finance, the Centre for Endowment Asset Management and the Psychometrics Centre. The engagement with Invesco embodies our mutual interest in advancing learning and knowledge for relevant and real-world topics.
The late Simon Sainsbury, the Monument Trust and the Sainsbury family – the Deep Roots Award
The late Simon Sainsbury, his partner Stewart Grimshaw and the wider Sainsbury family have, for almost three decades, shared a vision of a great business school at the heart of the University of Cambridge, and with their help, together with one of their charitable foundations, The Monument Trust, they have helped turn this vision into a reality. In the very early days of Cambridge Judge, Simon Sainsbury made it possible for Cambridge Judge to establish the business school on the Old Addenbrooke’s site, together with the late Sir Paul Judge and Lady Ann Judge. They have also generously supported scholarships for Cambridge Judge students to attend the business school and enabled the creation of our new building, the Simon Sainsbury Centre, which provides much needed facilities (lecture theatres, dining room, seminar rooms) that brought the whole Cambridge Judge Business School community together under one roof for teaching, research and deeper engagement.
The events team at the Judge was busy last week too, when the fifth annual Wo+Men’s Leadership Conference saw 150 people at the School focus on ‘Building Balance’ through gender diversity and better workplace policies.
Cath Kidston, founder of design and retail company Cath Kidston Limited, told delegates to “follow your gut” regarding their aspirations. “Just try," she said. "What’s the worst that can happen?”
Fellow keynote speaker Laurel Powers-Freeling, chair of Uber UK, said networking, mentoring and family support are very important for career development.
Topics for panel discussions chaired by Cambridge Judge faculty members focused on encouraging women to speak up and negotiate in male-dominated environments; work-life integration; building confidence to lead and navigating your career.
“This is the fifth year we’ve run the conference, and the third year it’s been oversubscribed, which demonstrates how important the topic of gender balance in the workplace is,” said Professor Sucheta Nadkarni, director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Conference.