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The MiM2011 Scavenger Hunt is OFF!

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24 study groups, 141 LBS hoodies, 240 tasks, 1 capital city… and 5 hours to cover it in! This is the first year that the MiM Programme Office has run such an exercise, which aims to foster strategical and team-building skills within students’ new study groups. With tasks ranging from nabbing a photo of the team with an A-list celebrity to securing the business card of a CEO from a FTSE 100 company, the teams have their work cut out: they need to be back at Laing House by 1600h to submit their findings – or face disqualification. Will anybody find an A-list celebrity? What is a ‘lido’? Where is Platform 13 3/4? How does a MiM2011 go about getting ‘on air’? All these questions and more will surely be answered by our bloggers in the coming days but, for now, wish the teams luck and follow their progress, exceptionally, at http://twitter.com/mimscavengrhunt - particularly advisable to MiM2010s, as a photo with one of you scores a whopping 100 points!

Best wishes,

The Masters in Management Programme Team

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CNN broadcast of British leadership debate

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Last night, CNN broadcast live from London Business School, to get the views of our students on the third Prime Ministerial debate, focussed on the economy. 

For those of you who were unable to watch the live coverage last night, catch the CNN report at http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/04/29/ctw.foster.biz.students.reax.cnn?iref=allsearch 

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CNN broadcasting from campus tonight

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As part of the current series of Prime Ministerial debates taking place on British television, international broadcaster CNN will be broadcasting live from London Business School on Thursday 29 April to get the views of our students on the leaders, the issues and the forthcoming General Election as they watch the debate unfold.
It will be broadcast across the world, so tune in if you can! If you are watching in the UK, it starts at 19.30 BST.

Broadcast timings for other regions:
PT:   12.30 (Thursday)
ET:   15.30 (Thursday)
BST:  19.30 (Thursday)
CET:  21.30 (Thursday)
New Delhi: 01.00 (Friday)
Hong Kong: 03.30 (Friday)
Sydney:  06.30 (Friday)

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If you are considering applying for the autumn 2010 intake, the Stage 2 application deadline is Wednesday 6 January 2010 at 17.00 (UK time).  Please give yourself plenty of time to submit your application and try not to leave it to the last minute. In the hour or so before the deadline the server is extremely busy. Stage 2 candidates will receive notification of whether they have been selected for interview via email on 09 February, and Stage 2 interviewed candidates will receive their final admission decision on 25 March.

If you experience any difficulties in submitting your application please follow the Help links within the online application form, or contact our Admissions Office directly at apply.mba@london.edu or telephone  +44 (0)20 7000 7525         

Winter closure dates

Please note the MBA Admissions Office will be closed from 17.00 on Tuesday 23 December until 09.00 on Monday 04 January. 

Common applications questions

Q. Do you require original copies of my transcripts?

Yes, but not yet. We only require copies of your academic transcripts at this application stage. If these documents are not in English then you should provide a translation. If you are extended an offer we will require an official paper transcript and a certified or notarised English translation if not in English. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to retract an offer of admission already made if there is any discrepancy between the transcript copy and the original.

We do not require transcripts for courses that did not contribute to a degree.

We prefer applicants to submit transcripts online. Full instructions can be found within the application form. 

Q. Can you confirm receipt of my GMAT/English test score or other supplementary information?

Please do not contact the Admissions Office for confirmation that your references, university transcripts, GMAT or English test scores have arrived.  We receive hundreds if not thousands of items of post during the run up to the application deadline and to confirm the receipt of these would dramatically slow the admission and reviewing process for all candidates. Once all of the information has been opened and collated, should an application be missing any documents the candidate will be contacted by the Admissions team. 

If you are curious as to the status of your references, this can be checked by logging into your online application account and viewing the Referee Status.

Q. My references / transcripts have been delayed and will not arrive until after the deadline. Will you still accept my application in this stage?

If you submit your application by the Stage 2 deadline, we will accept supplementary materials that arrive during the week following this deadline.  If an item is delayed by more than 1 week your application may be moved into the following Stage so that it can be reviewed with using the full information, but you will be contacted beforehand if this is the case. If you do not hear from the Admissions team you should assume that your application is proceeding in Stage 2.

Wishing you a happy 2010 and the best of luck for your application. 

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If you are planning to apply in Stage Two (deadline: 06 January 2010) then today (Monday 21 December) we’re giving you the opportunity to put your questions to members of the admissions team. Find out all you need to know about transcripts, GMAT scores and references from the comfort of your desk during our online chat.

Event details:
•    Date: Monday 21 December
•    Time: 16.00 GMT – 17.00 GMT
•    Register: http://www.careernomics.com/prs.php?s=MB4b2670db68283c

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Friday 6 November, Stage 1 interview decision

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Thank you for all the applications we received at Stage 1 for the full time MBA class of 2012.  The Admissions Team have been busy reading your applications over the last month and if you have submitted an application, you can expect to receive your decision by the close of business on Friday 6.

All applicants will receive an admissions decision by e-mail.

Good luck!

The MBA Recruitment and Admissions Team

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MBA TV – Episode fourteen

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In episode fourteen we watch the class of MBA2009 graduate from the full-time programme at London Business School. Graduation recognises the outstanding achievement of an MBA, giving students the chance to celebrate a life-changing two year experience with the life-long friends that they’ve made along the way. Our graduating MBA class are looking forward to bright futures, with many of them embarking on careers that will take them around the world.

In this episode:
- MBA Programme Director, Gareth Howells tells us his highlights from the past year
- Graduating MBA students and their families share their feelings about graduation and the MBA experience


Are you considering an MBA?

Application for the MBA class beginning in August 2010 is open from September 2009. For details on how to apply visit http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/applying.html

A wide range of scholarships are available to successful applicants who apply in Stages 1, 2 and 3. For more details visit http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/scholarships.html

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MBA TV – Episode thirteen

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The latest episode of MBA TV is here.
 
Any student at London Business School will tell you that their schedule is as hectic as rush hour at Piccadilly Circus, yet there is always one event which every MBA has in their diary.

During term time the ever popular weekly ‘Sundowners’ gives students the chance to meet up with fellow classmates and students from other programmes, whilst providing further opportunity to meet recruiters.

In this episode we speak to the team who make it happen and some the MBA students who’ve enjoyed Sundowners.

Visit our website to learn more about recruitment opportunities at the School.
http://www.london.edu/theschool/recruitourtalent.html

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Campus is noticeably quieter this week.

In the last few days we’ve waved goodbye to the 300+ graduating MBA2009s, and most of the MBA2010s have left to start their 8-12 week internships.

However, for the eight MBA2010s that make up the London Business School Consulting Team, our campus will become their office for the next 2-3 months.

Each year six to eight MBA students are selected by London Business School faculty and staff to form their own consultancy to provide high-quality, cost-effective solutions to a wide range of clients. Competition for a place in this team is tough! We took some time out to speak to one of its members to find out why.

Dennis Valdez (MBA2010, USA)
Pre-MBA: Eight years an officer in the U.S. Navy followed by a year at DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, a boutique management consultancy
Post-MBA plans: Entrepreneurship

Q. Why did you choose to apply for the London Business School Consulting Team?

A. We’re all here doing an MBA to broaden our skill set and fill in any gaps that we have identified in our first year. I was attracted to the Consulting Team because unlike traditional internships in management consultancy where you are given projects, there is a strong entrepreneurship element. We actually have to go out there, find the work and sell ourselves as a team. I’m really looking forward to working on a project right from the very beginning of the process all the way through to presenting a solution to the client at the end.

Q. What are the aims of the Team?

A.  At the start of the summer we collectively drew up a contract which addressed each member’s professional and personal goals for the summer and agreed upon our objectives as a team going forward. Unlike working in a management consultancy or most other internships, there is no one person in charge, and therefore our work requires a great deal of teamwork.

In previous years, the London Business School Consulting Team has had a successful track record both professionally and financially. Several team members have gone on to secure jobs at BCG, McKinsey and Bain. Last year’s team brought in a record £130,000 worth of business, and despite the current economic climate we’re on track to achieve this target again this year.

Q. How does the Team work?

A.  The Team is made up of eight MBA students and represents a diverse set of nationalities and professional experiences.  Only two members of the team have previous management consultancy experience.  Other backgrounds include financial services, construction, marketing and IT.

We have strong support from London Business School in terms of being able to leverage the brand. We can use faculty as advisors and sounding boards for ideas on projects, and we’re fortunate to have mentors from a top-tier consultancy. The Careers Services team also work hard to promote us to companies that approach the School.

The London Business School Consulting Team, the facts:

• 8 members, 9 languages spoken
• 50+ years of accumulated professional experience across 20 countries
• Access to word class faculty and a network of 30,000 alumni
• Previous consulting team clients include British Airways, WPP and Nokia

For more information on the 2009 Consulting Team view the brochure here or contact summer.consulting@london.edu

Read about the MBA summer options  http://www.london.edu/programmes/mba/programmedetails/internshipoptions.html

Recruit our talent http://www.london.edu/theschool/recruitourtalent.html

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