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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

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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: (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

London (England), 27 July 2020 (12:00)—Higher education provider Global Banking School (GBS) announced today the appointment of Professor Ray Lloyd as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Professor Lloyd will assume the role beginning September 2020.

Professor Lloyd joins GBS from Leeds Trinity University, where he has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2013. A leading sports scientist, Professor Lloyd has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals (specifically in the area of human athletic performance), and previously worked with prominent sporting organisations such as Leeds United FC, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the LTA Regional Academy in Leeds, and the Botswana Athletics Association.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Lloyd as our new CEO,” said Dr Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman of the Executive Board. “Professor Lloyd has been a lifetime coach, great academic, and savvy administrator. The GBS community looks forward to benefitting from his experience as we move to the next stage in developing both international collaborations and furthering our work in widening participation.”

Dr Rana will remain on as GBS’s Chairman of the Executive Board.

Before joining Leeds Trinity University Professor Lloyd held academic posts at the University of Abertay (where he was Dean of the School for Social and Health Sciences) and Leeds Metropolitan University.

He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Sport Science from Leeds Beckett University, a PGCE from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Manchester.

Commented Professor Lloyd: “I am delighted to be appointed as CEO of GBS and look forward to contributing to the School’s growth and development as it seeks to offer high-quality educational opportunities to even more students from communities typically under-represented in higher education. I am particularly impressed by GBS’s student-centred approach and its focus on maximising the return on the investment of time and money made by students, and I hope to build on this further.”

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all safe. I wanted to take this opportunity first of all to thank you for your continued hard work and good spirit during these unprecedented times. I also wanted to share with you briefly some highlights of GBS’s response since the UK Government announced new COVID-19 measures on 23rd March 2020:

  • GBS was able to switch to 100%-Live online teaching within four business days of the Government lockdown announcement.
  • I had pledged with all of you when I addressed you that GBS will be standing with you in this difficult time, even though we had very little information of this unfolding disaster, and I am happy to report to you that we have stood together. During the last two months GBS has paid full salaries to all employees; this included employees who were sick during this period for more than four days and would ordinarily have received statutory sick pay (SSP).
  • GBS has not signed up for the Government’s ‘furlough’ scheme and has not claimed any taxpayer money from the UK Government during this time. This is our way to say # THANK YOU!

Following our Prime Minister’s address to the nation, GBS will remain alert and maintain social distancing at work. Please note that you are more than welcome to work from the campus if required. HR team will be sharing more information on transitioning back to the office during this week.

We are observing the same level of engagement from our students, and I take this opportunity to say thank you to you for maintaining the high level of teaching and individual support, in order to keep them moving forwards in their studies without interruption.

Best wishes,



Lady Gabriella Windsor, a consultant, writer and philanthropist has joined the advisory board of higher education provider GBS.

Lady Gabriella holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University.

As a consultant, she advises Latin American companies expanding into the UK, and vice versa. She draws from her experience living in the region and from her work with Latin America’s public and private sectors over the past twelve years.

As a writer, under her byline Ella Windsor, Lady Gabriella contributes to The London Magazine (literary periodical). She has also written for The Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Monocle Magazine amongst publications.

Lady Gabriella is involved with several philanthropic ventures. She is an Advisor to the AMA Foundation for marine conservation in Mexico and a Board Director of the Playing for Change Foundation, a global non-profit organization promoting music and arts education. Lady Gabriella is also a Director of Toucan Ventures, which supports creative entrepreneurs.

“GBS is keen to develop a diverse board, with representation from different sectors beyond financial services,” said Dr. Vishwajeet Rana, Chairman of the Executive Board. “We are delighted and honored to be joined by Lady Gabriella, who will bring her unique background and experience. We look forward to working with her and benefiting from her counsel and input, which will no doubt strengthen the Board and bolster GBS’s commitment to changing lives through education.”

Higher Education provider GBS announces the appointment of Dr Melissa Willby as Dean to its Executive Leadership Board, augmenting its governance and administration.

Dr Melissa Willby brings with her 30 years’ experience in both American Study Abroad and UK Higher Education sectors. She is accomplished at developing quality programmes that bring businesses and NGOs into the classroom to enhance learning.

Dr Willby was formerly Academic Director of the Mountbatten Program in London where she oversaw the day-to-day running of academic programmes, managed Student Services and maintained Mountbatten’s accreditation with the BAC. Prior to this, she was Dean at Hult International Business School where she oversaw the successful and rapid expansion of the academic programme and launched the Entrepreneurship major, keeping Hult competitive.

She was previously the Internship Director of Syracuse University’s London campus, where she developed an internship and service-learning initiative and introduced a community outreach programme. Before this, she was a lecturer at Richmond, the American International University in London. Her passion for education also manifested in her role as Director of the educational charity, the Rudolf Steiner Book Trust, for over twenty years.

In her current role as Dean at GBS, Dr Willby is responsible for the School’s academic administration and external relations. She supports and promotes the highest quality educational programmes, research and public service.