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PRESS RELEASE
6 MAY 2021: FOR IMMEDIATE ISSUE

Higher education provider bucks the trend for UK employment

Global Banking School (GBS), the fast-growing higher education provider in the UK, has launched its biggest-ever job recruitment drive, searching for fresh talent across the country.

GBS is poised to take in thousands of new students to study in the fields of healthcare, business/finance and management across its six campuses this year – and is now looking for a host of new people keen to take the next step in their careers in higher education.

GBS specialises in offering flexible courses in these areas to help students achieve industry-relevant qualifications, which will make a real difference to their lives.
The vacancies are available at the organisation’s three London campuses (at Greenford, Olympic Park and Docklands) as well as its facilities in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. In particular, GBS is looking for:

• Lecturers
• Customer Relations Officers
• Student Support Specialists
• Admission Officers

Benefits of working for GBS include:

• Competitive salary
• Performance related bonus
• Flexible approach to work life balance
• Employee discounts and recognition platform
• Opportunity to develop within a growing company

Professor Ray Lloyd, Chief Executive of GBS, said: “For anyone in these areas, GBS has something new and different to offer you.

“We have flexible teaching arrangements fitting in with the modern ways students now work, utilising the best technology to facilitate that. Our campuses are state-of-the-art, providing a happy teaching and learning experience for tutors, staff and students alike.”

He added: “With a new and modern management structure, there are plenty of opportunities for career development – and for the right candidate with enthusiasm and passion, the joining package could meet and exceed expectations. We are proud to say that we are an organisation that both values and rewards high performance.”

Ray concluded: “This is the perfect time to join us as we continue to rapidly grow and develop, and the chance to shape your environment in a way that few have had the opportunity before. We urge anyone interested to get in touch as soon as they can.”

If you are interested, please visit https://globalbanking.ac.uk/jobs where you will find the procedure for applying and a full list of all vacancies.

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Notes to editors:

Global Banking School (GBS) is an innovative higher education provider working in partnership with several UK universities to deliver vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in banking, management and healthcare to students often seeking a change in career or a second-chance at education – a chance to ‘create their own futures’. GBS has five campuses with plans for two more in the UK and overseas.

Press release contact:

Rodney Kumar, Senior Communications Manager
T: 020 4534 0838, E: RKumar2@globalbanking.ac.uk
Social media:
Facebook – facebook.com/gbsknowledge
Twitter – @GBSknowledge
Instagram – @GBSknowledge
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/gbsknowledge/

Higher Education provider Global Banking School continued its ‘An interview with…’ series into 2021, hosting its first guest of the year: literary journalist Suzi Feay.

Feay, who is the radio and TV critic for the Financial Times, spoke to GBS Communications Director and Editor of The London Magazine Dr Steven O’Brien about a host of topics, including the differences between writing and editing, the importance of reading newspapers and books in an age dominated by social media, some of the famous people she has interviewed – and even what she looks for in a CV.

In addition to writing regularly for publications such as the FT and the Guardian, Feay also teaches journalism at Brunel University and initially worked as a sub-editor before the writing part of her career took off. She stressed how important it is for students to shift to “editing mode” once they have finished writing their work, adding that it was essential for everyone – students, and even professional writers such as journalists and poets – to edit their written work before submitting it.
Speaking of the turbulent events of the past year, Feay lamented the decline of the traditional print newspaper. In an age where people are increasingly getting their news from social media, she believed the traditional media forms could offer a more sane and sober antidote to the plethora of misinformation.

“A newspaper will have a health correspondent who has such an array of experts at their fingertips,” she said. “That is what newspapers have traditionally done… they will have an education correspondent… an environment correspondent – people who are really at the top of their field.”

Feay also urged GBS students to pick up – and read! – novels, describing them as “empathy machines” and “agents for social change”. Simply by reading great works of literature, she said, students would improve their writing, vocabulary, and punctuation: “The magic works even if you hate it. With great works of literature, they read you.”

For those students starved for time, Feay recommended poetry or short stories for a speedier dose of literary cultivation.

For those students seeking new professional roles, Feay, who during her career has had to plough through countless CVs, recommends highlighting unique interests – even if yours are clog dancing! – in one’s application.

“A lot of CVs are virtually identical; people seem exactly the same and they often seem equally brilliant…So it’s good to stand out, even be a little bit odd, be a little unusual.”

[ENDS]

Press Release Contact: Rodney Kumar, Senior Communications Manager, GBS
Date: 7 May 2021
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7539 3548
Email: RKumar2@globalbanking.ac.uk

Greenford

Greenford

PRESS RELEASE

28 APRIL 2021: FOR IMMEDIATE ISSUE

Fast-expanding higher education establishment gets ready to open in Greenford this summer

Global Banking School (GBS) is all set to open its brand-new campus in Greenford in London this summer, the latest in its fast-expanding roster of teaching facilities across the country.

GBS offer flexible, quality higher education courses in the fields of banking/finance, healthcare and business management. The organization has taken great care to provide industry-relevant courses that maximise the chances of gaining their dream career, starting a new business or expanding their existing business.

GBS has taken over 68,759 sq ft at 891 Greenford Road, and has spent the past few months transforming it into a modern and welcoming learning facility.

The Greenford campus will allow another 5,000 students to benefit from studying with GBS and comprises a host of well-equipped classrooms and lecture theatres.

Other facilities include cafeteria, student common rooms, study areas, learning resource centre, computer labs, library, multi-faith prayer room and cycle park.

GBS takes pride in its approach to the welfare of its students and its goal to integrate into the communities it establishes in.

In the past two years staff numbers within GBS have grown from 50 to over 300, and the organisation is still actively seeking to fill numerous additional vacancies including teaching and customer service personnel.

The Greenford campus will become GBS’ fifth facility in the UK, alongside the Canary Wharf and Olympic Park campuses in East London, the Universal Square campus in Manchester and the Fazeley Street campus in Birmingham.

Professor Ray Lloyd, Chief Executive of GBS, said: “The opening of the Greenford campus is great news during a time that has been so difficult for the nation, providing jobs for the community and a modern learning facility for our students.

“We firmly believe that GBS is different in that we see our campuses as a part of the neighbourhood they are in, offering employment and study opportunities for the local communities. We want to fully integrate into our surroundings, as well as do what we do best – offer flexible courses for those wanting to take advantage of the opportunities education can bring.

“I am certain our students, neighbours, local community leaders and staff will all find a warm welcome when they set foot inside the Greenford campus.”

The Greenford campus will open fully as soon as Government Covid-19 guidelines allow.

For more information about job opportunities at GBS please see https://globalbanking.ac.uk/jobs or visit our website at https://globalbanking.ac.uk/

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Global Banking School (GBS) is an innovative higher education provider working in partnership with several UK universities to deliver vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in banking, management and healthcare to students often seeking a change in career or a second-chance at education – a chance to ‘create their own futures’. GBS has five campuses with plans for two more in the UK and overseas.

Press release contact:

Rodney Kumar, Senior Communications Manager

T: 020 4534 0838, E: RKumar2@globalbanking.ac.uk

Social media:

Facebook – facebook.com/gbsknowledge

Twitter – @GBSknowledge

Instagram – @GBSknowledge

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/school/gbsknowledge/

Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) continued on 26 November its ‘An interview with… series, hosting renowned cardiologist Dr Mark Signy. 

Signy, who has spent four decades as a cardiologist, spoke to GBS Communications Director and Editor of The London Magazine Dr Steven O’Brien about the advances he has witnessed in the field during his long career. He also discussed the benefits of working in the healthcare sector and the new Covid-19 vaccines. 

Dr Signy was initially interested in forensic pathologya branch of medicine often featured on detective shows. However, despite the “star appeal” of this specialityhe quickly switched his interest to cardiology, the branch of medicine which deals with diseases of the heart and blood circulation. 

Describing himself as a “sort of stent doctor”, Signy discussed one of the most significant developments that have taken place during his career: the use of stenting, a medical procedure often performed when patient is rushed to hospital with heart attack. Signy said the procedure has helped decrease the mortality rate among heart attack patients from 20% during the 1970s to 3-4% today.  

Addressing GBS students studying healthcare courses, and those considering working in the sector, Signy was infectious: “Tell all your students: they’re going to love their life; it’s brilliant fun.”  

Signy was also optimistic about the Covid-19 vaccines that have recently been announced“These vaccines look astonishingly promising,” he said, adding that if the vaccines can be rolled out quickly we should be able to return to a normal life next summer.” 


Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) continued on 14 October its ‘An interview with…’ series, hosting modern-day renaissance man Yogesh Patel, MBE.

Patel, an award-winning (trilingual) poet, journalist, writer, accountant, activist, and qualified optometrist, discussed a range of fascinating topics with Dr Stephen O’Brien, GBS’s Communications Director and Editor of The London Magazine.

Recounting his engrossing journey – from his arrival in the UK, when he was detained at Harmondsworth’s immigration detention facility, to the present day, when this year he was included on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to literature – Patel offered a plethora of invaluable insights and advice on career progression, perseverance, and how to live a full life.

Speaking of his initial difficult period in the UK, Patel said that “rather than sulk, I started thinking about the future” – and what he wanted to do with his life.

Within days of his release Patel had landed a job at luxury department store Harrod’s, eventually moving on to opticians chain Dollond & Aitchison where, despite being a certified optometrist, he took on a role he was overqualified for, as he had to wait until completing his conversion courses to practice optometry in the UK.

“Sometimes one has to compromise,” said Patel. “Changes in life happen, and you can’t just sit back. Some of your students might also come across this – in their careers as well. It’s just a part of life. The key thing is to get over it and start working on it.”

Patel then joined the pharmacy chain Boots, then set up his own practice and, in the 1970s, began writing poetry.

Since then he has published several poetry collections in English, Hindi and Gujarati, a collection of short stories, and a Hindi phrasebook. He has recorded four LPs, written for film and radio, and also been involved in activism, founding the non-profit organisation Skylark Publications, which seeks to promote and publish unrecognised diaspora writers and poets.

After a varied and exciting career, Patel offered this advice as his recipe for success:

“Basically, what happens is that in life everything is difficult – a struggle. One has to be able to adjust to changes. The key thing is to prepare, to acquire skills, to work hard, to learn, to see how others are doing things. All that adds to your repertoire. If you don’t do it, then the rest is just a dream.”

GBS’s ‘An interview with…’ is a series of interviews featuring a host of industry experts and leaders in their fields. It aims to provide inspiration, insights, and words of wisdom and encouragement for students and others. GBS promises a line-up of fascinating speakers and topics over the coming months.

Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) hosted on Friday, 13 November the final of its 9th Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad, an event that attracted hundreds of business students from around the world to compete in a gruelling three-stage contest for a coveted £1,000 prize.

The Olympiad aims to prepare students for a career in the financial services industry. In previous years, the competition was won by teams from prestigious universities such as the University of Cambridge, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, and the Polytechnic University of Milan.

This year’s competition was won by a team from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi – the first time a team from India has picked up the prize.

The first stage of the competition tested students’ theoretical knowledge in the form of an online assessment. For the second stage, teams were provided with a recent Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) case study, where they were required to produce an investment rationale including valuations and financial projections. Finally, the top 10 qualifying teams were asked to present their pitches for the panel of judges.

This year, due to the current global pandemic, final pitches were conducted online. GBS’s judging panel hosted the event live from its Republic campus in London, overlooking Canary Wharf.

Speaking at this year’s event, Dr Vishwajeet Rana, GBS’s Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “I would like to thank my colleagues who even during a time of lockdown managed to make this event such a success. As you know, many events this year have been cancelled, so this is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.”

“A great amount of credit also goes to the participants. We as an educational institution are mindful of how hard it has been for you as students to manage your studies during this time. I was very impressed with how well all the different teams collaborated and with their level of knowledge. You have all done great work, and from what I’ve seen today I would say that all of you are now ready to pursue a career in the financial services sector.”

Poorvi Gupta, the St. Stephen’s College team leader, said: “I think we all agree that this entire process was really wholesome and, at the same time, multidimensional. It made sure from the very beginning that we understood the concepts of finance and only then did the judges ask us to make the valuation models. So I think the way the competition is structured is really good. Overall, it was an absolutely great learning experience.”

GBS would once again like to congratulate the winning team:

St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (New Delhi, India)
Poorvi Gupta (team leader)
Shlok Bhartiya
Niranjani Saxena
Shreya Murarka

To find out more about the banking and finance courses we offer, please visit: http://www.globalbankingtraining.com/

Dear students,

I am writing to you following the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday, 31 October announcing tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday, 5 November.

So, what does this mean for you, our students?

The Prime Minister’s announcement has made it clear that schools, universities and colleges should remain open during this time and subsequent guidance received from the government has stated that there should be no changes to current provision.

Therefore, throughout this second national lockdown we will continue to offer both in-person and online classes exactly as we have been doing so far this term (unless different guidance is received from the UK Government). The exception to this is our Manchester campus, which has switched to 100% online teaching since last month following the Tier 3 restrictions announced in the city (this will continue until we review all campus provision at the end of the lockdown period).

We want all of you to continue with your studies, including attending lectures. We are of course aware that many of you are understandably concerned about the spread of the virus so we would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe at our campuses.

I know that this year has been tough on many of you, so I want to let you know that in addition to your education, your physical and mental wellbeing remains our priority. I therefore encourage you to take full advantage of all the pastoral support we offer.

If any of you are experiencing any difficulties during these stressful times and need any support, counselling, or even just a chat, please email our Welfare team at: welfare@globalbanking.ac.uk. (You can also take a look at the Student Space platform, which contains some information on how to seek support during this time.)

The Minster of State for Universities has written a letter that she would like to be sent to all higher education students in which she outlines the importance of us continuing to provide you with high-quality educational experiences and, in particular, the value of face-to-face provision. I have attached this letter to my email. Please do take the time to read it.

To continue our support for your learning we have added online catch-up sessions for all programmes in all subject areas and on all levels. These sessions are scheduled for Fridays. Please see your timetable for details.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful way you have conducted yourselves at our campuses during the past months and in following our Covid-19 measures. We could not have maintained the safety of our campuses without your help.

Stay safe,

Professor Ray Lloyd
CEO, Global Banking School

Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) has launched An interview with…’, a new series of in-depth talks featuring an array of industry experts and leaders in their fields.  

The serieshosted by GBS Communications Director Dr Steven O’Brien, kicked off with prize-winning author, environmentalist, and former politician Mr Stanley Johnson.  

Mr Johnson, who is also Chairman of GBS’s Advisory Board, discussed with Dr O’Brien a range of fascinating and timely topics including writing and the creative process; the future of UK higher education, post-Covid-19; climate change; and GBS’s current contributions to its students and the communities in which it operates. 

Commented Mr Johnson: I think GBS is a tremendously important institution, with a tremendously bright future ahead of it. I feel honoured indeed to be a member of the Advisory Board. The students have the whole of their lives ahead of them, and the kind of education they are getting at GBS is going to point them very much in the right direction. I also think that GBS is targeting sectors of society which are not always being reached by the other educational institutions we have in this country.”   

Mr Johnson also discussed two of his previous novels, The Virus (first published in 1982), a Cold War thriller about a viral pandemic with rather eery similarities to the present outbreak, and Kompromat, which deals with Brexit.  

An interview with…’ aims to provide inspiration, insights, and words of wisdom and encouragement for students and others. GBS promises a line-up of fascinating speakers and topics over the coming months. 

GBS hosted its first online webinar this month (Wednesday 3 June) on ‘Clarity and Sophistication in Academic Writing’, in which guest speaker Dr Steven O’Brien shared his higher education experience and top tips for successful academic writing.

The event was well attended and received a high level of engagement and positive feedback from students who enjoyed the opportunity to view the very informative content provided by Dr Steven O’Brien.

The event attracted just over 200 registrations from GBS students.

The feedback reflected that they thoroughly enjoyed the webinar, scoring the event 4.5 out 5.0 and 100% of attendees said they would attend GBS events again in the future. Further feedback from attendees was that they thought the content and presentation style was excellent:

“Thank you for taking the time to do the lecture, very useful to learn about academic writing skills”
“Engaging speaker and relevant content”
“Education is the key to success”

Please click here for a short video clip of the event.

Following the success of the webinar, GBS plans to host a series of events covering a range of relevant topics. Our next event will be a virtual open day in July. More details and how to register for the event will be available soon.

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Dr Steven O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Portsmouth.  He is a poet, novelist, mythographer and essayist and is the editor of The London Magazine and of The London Magazine editions.   He is also a Visiting Fellow of Writing at University College Chichester, a Peace Ambassador for Iraq and an advisor to the Institute of Human Dignity in the Vatican.   

GBS offers exciting, rewarding and supportive approaches to its teaching and learning provision in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid -19) and is committed to looking after the welfare of its students.

Since March we have successfully migrated to an online teaching provision and invested heavily in technology. We have trained teaching and support staff to provide high quality and engaging methods of teaching and learning, together with excellent student support.

Following the advice and guidance from the UK Government and the Office for Students, GBS have taken the decision to commence the new term with online tuition. This provision will continue for the foreseeable future and until there is a change to Government guidelines.

When Government guidelines do change, GBS will be provide blended learning, which is a combination of online and campus teaching for all students. Whilst ensuring the safety of students and staff at all times and meeting Government guidelines, the following options are being developed in response to what GBS will be permitted to offer:

· Online teaching

· Blended learning with both online teaching and campus-based teaching sessions

· Online teaching with physical access to learning resources at GBS campuses

· Campus-based teaching with online learning resources at GBS campuses

GBS will continue to closely monitor Government guidelines regarding social distancing and the number of people allowed on campus at any one time. We will ensure the premises are kept clean and sanitised regularly with a deep clean each evening.

Whatever the circumstances, GBS is committed to ensuring that students have a rewarding, fulfilling and safe learning experience on their chosen course of study.

Student Protection Plan

GBS has produced a Student Protection Plan, which has been approved by the Office for Students and is designed to protect against any material changes to student’s study programmes.

The material change now affecting GBS is the closure of all or parts of its four campuses. This change is in response to UK Government advice and guidance and we are providing our teaching and learning as detailed above.

GBS is committed to ensuring its students achieve the best possible outcome from their studies. GBS will take all reasonable steps to minimise any disruption to our student’s studies during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

The GBS Student Protection Plan can be viewed here.

Making a Complaint

Students are entitled to make a complaint about any service offered by GBS. Where a student or prospective student expresses a level of dissatisfaction of a service offered by GBS, we do our very best to resolve the issue. In the rare event that an informal attempt at resolution does not resolve the issue, students can use our formal complaints procedure.

The GBS complaints Policy and Procedure, Complaints Flow Chart, Complaints Student Guide and Complaints Stage 2 Form (formal stage) are all available to view here on our website.

If GBS is unable to resolve a formal complaint satisfactorily you are entitled to take your issue to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. This is an independent body and more information can be found at https://www.oiahe.org.uk.