School of Business and Economics


19 Feb 2016

SBE's Executive Education Team and the BSA nominated as Finalist for industry training award

Robin Fieth speaking with current delegates

A bespoke Masters programme developed by the Executive Education Team at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University with the Building Societies Association (BSA) is at the heart of the BSA having been shortlisted as a Finalist in the 2016 Association Excellence Awards.

A finalist in the ‘Best Training Initiative’ award category, the team at the SBE who develop and deliver Executive Education programmes have said they ‘feel proud and delighted by the nomination’.

The Postgraduate Leadership and Management programme, designed in partnership with the Building Societies Association (BSA), is aimed specifically at customer-owned financial services firms, starting with building societies, but with the potential for expansion to other mutuals in future years.

Vicki Unwin, the School’s Business Development Manager, said:

“The BSA MSc being shortlisted as a finalist in these awards is a real confirmation of the hard work and creativity we have put into this unique programme. We are proud to support mutual organisations, partnering with building societies across the UK, big and small, to help grow leadership and management skills and talent identification.”

Robin Fieth, Chief Executive of the Building Societies Association, said.

“The first cohort is now well underway with 26 students from 17 different building societies.  The collaborative approach shown by the SBE’s Executive Education team means that we have all the intellectual rigour and content you would expect in any Leadership and Management MSc, but with debate, insight and information about the customer-ownership model woven in.  We see this programme as an essential part of future talent development in our sector.”      

The Association Excellence Awards 2016, which will take place in London on the 26th of February, have been developed to recognise excellence and exceptional achievements in trade and professional associations.  The Building Societies Association is the trade body for all 44 UK building societies and two credit unions.

Building on the success of the launch event in 2015, when more than 40 association leaders and 300 association professionals came together and enjoyed a fabulous awards ceremony hosted by Michael Portillo, the 2016 Awards promise to be bigger and better.