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Meet the MBA Programme Office team

With our year of MBA 50th anniversary celebrations now underway, we asked Senior Programme Manager, Barbara Bryla, to introduce the team that is moving the programme from strength-to-strength.

Life@LBS: The MBA programme team is quite large, isn’t it?

Barbara Bryla: We are the biggest Programme Office team, dealing with more than a thousand students per academic year.

Q: What does your team do?

BB: We are responsible for a wide breadth of activities, covering everything from producing student letters and sending weekly bulletins, to working with other business schools on the exchange programme, setting up leadership skills and language sessions and providing pastoral support to students. We also ensure the smoothest experience possible for our students, working closely with other departments such as Central Services, the Career Centre, Recruitment and Admissions Teams.

Q: Can you share some information about the team’s background?

BB: We are a diverse team of 16, with varied interests and skills. 

Countries we are from: UK, New Zealand, Greece, Poland, US, Japan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Philippines, Hungary, USA and France.

Languages we speak other than English: French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Polish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Lingala.

Our hobbies: Reading, hiking, CrossFit, floral design, swimming, socialising, music and arts events, cooking, travelling, video games, camping, watching football and playing guitar.

What’s your biggest strength/ the best thing about being in the MBA programme team?

For me personally it is the pace of the programme, the innovation and the lovely and diverse team of very dedicated individuals. We always seek to improve the programme, the processes and simply do the best for our students. But don't take it from me, here is what the team has to say:

  • ‘Working as part of such an amazing, eclectic, ambitious, committed team - all working together to deliver the best programme we can! It's a team full of different characters with different backgrounds(Caroline)
  • ‘Contributing to world-leading educational programme’ (Marc)
  • ‘The diversity of people, both students and staff’ (Aki)
  • ‘Seeing students’ growth’ (Phillipa)
  • 'Being part of a transformational experience for an exceptional group of students and keeping track of where that takes them in life post-LBS' (Fiona)

Q: How will this year be different for you all?

BB: This year is very special for us because of the MBA 50th anniversary. Also we are implementing our new MBA programme. We are very excited to offer our students new 'tailored core' courses in addition to their business fundamentals and electives. One of the highlights is LondonCAP (Core Application Practicum), where students will be able to immerse themselves in a live project and experience first-hand the diversity and dynamism of the London business community.

Q: Why are we dedicating this year to celebrating the MBA?

BB: It's a very important anniversary and it's interesting to see how much the School’s MBA programme has evolved over the last 50 years. We went from the first class of 39, mainly male British students, to the most recent class of MBA2019, which has the highest number of women (39% of the class) with very diverse backgrounds. The fact that we are now implementing a new programme also shows that we never rest on our laurels but adapt to the ever changing world around us and we will continue to do so.

Q: What should we look out for/look forward to in the course of the next year?

BB: From next week, everyone will be able to see the campus branding, more information about the anniversary on our external website and we are also working together with the strategic events team on a number of events.  We hope to provide our colleagues with a fresh view of the MBA programme and are excited to expose the School community to the new innovative curriculum.

You can meet the MBA Programme team at the networking event following the next School Meeting at 9.30 on 30 November at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).