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Taught Postgraduate Programmes

Mr Martin Dowling, School of Management Director of Teaching, awards the Certificate of Career Development 2014-2015 to Yajing Li.The MX (Masters Extra) Programme
Session 2015–2016

About the MX Programme

The MX (Masters Extra) Programme is an integrated programme between the School of Management, CAPOD and the University Careers Centre. It provides focused careers events and is open to all of our taught postgraduate students.

MX offers you the opportunity to enhance your career opportunities by participating in this programme while you study for your taught Masters degree. This series of Wednesday afternoon talks, workshops and professional development activities can lead to the Certificate in Career Development. To qualify for a certificate you need to attend (and sign in at) a minimum of 7 MX sessions across two semesters. Our photo above right shows School of Management Director of Teaching Mr Martin Dowling presenting the 2014–2015 Certificate to Miss Yajing Li. See more about last year's awards sessions: 2014-2015 MX Certificates of Career Development awarded.

Outline schedule information is below. Additional details are sent to students by email and posted here. Regular weekly sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm.  Semester Two location will be in the Gateway Building and you will be asked to register your attendance in advance.

MX Programme coordinator is Charles Lovatt.


Semester 1, 2015–2016: Outline schedule
Pre-sessional week

10 September 2015

Introduction by Programme Co-ordinator, followed by:

Alan Fleming – Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

· Orientation / Introduction slides (pdf)

Alan Fleming

Alan Fleming, of FX Simulation

Week 1 16 September 2015

Entrepreneurship as a Force for Good and Social Improvement
Larry Sullivan is Chairman and founder of COINS, a global software solutions company. In 2004 Larry co-founded the not for profit Stepping Stones, a school for children with hemiplegia, and has more recently established the COINS foundation to support projects that focus on building a more inclusive world.
· Larry Sullivan: links to web, books and presentation (docx)

Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan

Week 2 23 September 2015

Using your Masters in Management to kick start your Career
This session will give you an overview of the resources available to you in the Careers Centre and how we can support you in achieving your career aspirations.

Bonnie Hacking

Bonnie Hacking

Week 3 30 September 2015

Leadership in the financial industry – successful strategic and operative leadership approaches in globalised economies for the 21st century.
Harry Trummer is from Goethe University Frankfurt/House of Finance and Chief Executive Officer of Goethe Finance Association. He is an international expert in both leadership in academic teaching/research and leadership practice.

Harry Trummer

Harry Trummer

Week 4 7 October 2015

Plan! Focus! Attack!
Staying on top and in control of our work in this fast-paced world is becoming increasingly difficult. This seminar has been developed to help students effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support you as you focus on the important, plan your work effectively and attack it with confidence.

David Longstaff

David Longstaff

Week 5 14 October 2015

Taking on Trump

Anthony Baxter is director of You've been Trumped (2011) and A Dangerous Game (2014).
See his TV documentary "Dark Side of the Greens" about the development of luxury resorts with negative effects on the local environment - and how people are fighting back - on BBC iPlayer until 30 October 2015.

 A Dangerous Game (film) image


Semester 2, 2015–2016: Speakers schedule

Theme: Managing in the Real world

Week 1

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Tips from a life in advertising and recruitment: promoting your career
John Denholm,
Executive Chair of Denholm Associates, the Edinburgh-based marketing and brand management recruitment agency

Recommended, from Denholm Associates:
The right CV.
Show them your best side.
Personal brand impact.
Network for a new career.

John Denholm

John Denholm

Week 2

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Planning for the worst, hoping for the best: a career in crisis management

Penny Turnbull,
Marriott Hotels International

Penny Turnbull

Penny Turnbull, Marriott Hotels International

Week 3

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Women in Leadership
Abigail Deffee,
Coins Foundation CEO

Drawing on her background in international development, Deffee spoke about her experience of women in leadership and her views of leadership (and leaders) in general.

COINS Foundation - logo‌See COINS Foundation website for a report of the talk, with a link to the presentation.

Abigail Deffee

Abigail Deffee, CEO Coins Foundation

Week 4

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Let luck find you working – success in international business
Kate Smith

This talk outlined strategies for launching a business or career in uncertain times and turning aspirations into success. Smith gained her media expertise in the magazine publishing, communications and education sectors in such diverse settings as Moscow, St Petersburg, London, her native Edinburgh, and Harvard and Yale Universities.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Week 5

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Double session: 3pm start

Google and its digital landscape

Christoph Scherf,
Account Strategist, Google Europe

Christoph Scherf

Christoph Scherf, MLitt Marketing (2013)

The Advice I would give my 23 year old self

Alumni panel discussion:

  • Barry Millar, MLitt HRM (2014), working at 21c HR Ltd Consulting assignments with a focus on industrial relations in the oil and gas sector.
  • Mellissa Oliver, MLitt Managing in the Creative Industries (2014), working at Lyle & Scott Ltd in footwear and accessories marketing.
  • Kerstin Glöckner, MLitt HRM (2013), working at IT and management consultancy MHP – A Porsche Company.
    See Kerstin's presentation [pdf].
  • Jason Archer, MLitt Marketing (2013), independent qualitative researcher and consultant.
    See Jason's presentation [pdf - large file 32,325 KB].
  • Christoph Scherf, MLitt Marketing (2013), working at Google Europe, Dublin as an Account Strategist in travel and finance.

MX Programme Alumni Panel, February 2016

Week 6

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Leadership in a changing world
Ejaj Ahmad,
CEO BYLC Bangladesh

Ejaj Ahmad, University of St Andrews alumnus and School of Management Honorary Teaching Fellow, spoke about cross-cultural leadership, drawing on experience in countries including Scotland, USA, Dubai and Bangladesh.

Ejaj Ahmad

Ejaj Ahmad

Previous years: MX Programme archive