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Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing a number of “Meet the MBA Programme team” posts – to introduce you to just some of the people involved in the running of the course and whom you’ll meet as a student on the MBA programme.

First up, MBA/Offshore Operations Director Marianne Nimmo:

“I worked as an accountant for a number of years before moving into a General Manager position within a fast growing manufacturing and logistics business where often we didn’t have time to sit and think about strategy, we just had to keep the wheels moving. I put my accounting hat back on for a short time and became a Chief Financial officer and trouble-shooter for an engineering and manufacturing company specialising in capital equipment based in Canada that needed a makeover. At the end of this project I wanted a new challenge. I had many years of work experience in different fields and felt the time was right to learn more about how business all knits together and to learn and develop new skills in strategy. The Strathclyde MBA was the obvious choice being one of the top universities in the world that offers strategy classes on the MBA taught by world renowned academics.

Having completed the Strathclyde MBA, I am familiar with the hard work, dedication and motivation that are all required to succeed on the MBA. Being able to take time out from your job – whether studying full time. part time or through the  flexible route is such a luxury, being able to focus in different areas and reflect and  realise that what you may have been doing from a common sense approach in your company actually is a developed theory and has a name. This is great for managers who need that confirmation that they are on the right track and this helps build confidence as you go through the programme learning new skills and techniques. The strategy classes are outstanding and it is a great experience to learn these tools and techniques in the safety of the classroom environment  while working with real companies.

Then there is the other more personal and fun side to it – and meeting a whole new set of people that you see more often than you do your own family! The friendships formed and experiences gained will stay with me for the rest of my life.

The Strathclyde MBA - i loved it so much, i now work here!

The Strathclyde MBA – i loved it so much, i now work here!

Now I have made the transition to the other side and am the MBA Operations Director, overseeing all operational activity in the UK and at the 9 International centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain, Zurich, Athens, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. I really enjoy working with students from all over the world and helping them along with our excellent academics achieve their goals. I am especially proud attending graduation as the sense of achievement is amazing after an intense couple of years.

We recently introduced the Strathclyde MBA Highland Games during the Elective Summer School which was a really fun day out involving team work and some healthy competition! Events such a Tossing the Caber, Hurling the Haggis and Throwing the Wellie were a few of the games played – none requiring previous experience just a sense of humour to participate.

We appreciate the commitment that is required for the MBA studies but recognise it can’t be all work and no play!”

Tossing the Caber Quad biking! Tug-of-war