LBS Archive

Posts by LBS Archive

Can you believe the MiM, GMiM and MFA students have already started their second term at LBS? Time really does fly here on campus! Nevertheless, the end of Term One presents the perfect opportunity to look back and celebrate a few highlights from the term…

At the start of September, 321 fresh-faced Masters in Management, Global MiM and Masters in Financial Analysis students arrived at London Business School for the first day of Orientation, with the second day continuing at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. The students discovered more about the programme and the School through engaging presentations from speakers such as Lord Bilimoria (the chairman of Cobra Beer) and key faculty members such as Marketing Professor, Bruce Hardie and Finance Professor, Alex Edmans. MiM alumni made up a lively panel in the afternoon, sharing stories of their experiences and career journeys since graduation.


A few days later, the students ventured off-campus to brave the great outdoors at Gilwell Park Activity Centre for their Away Day. The day focused on team building and problem-solving with practical activities such as raft-building and climbing. Collaboration, courage, hard work and dedication were traits that were particularly vital here!


EC_Term_1_highlights_V2 EC_Term_1_highlights_06

After Orientation, Foundations Week began. This included the Career Skills programme run by the Career Centre, alongside worships such as “How to Work a Room”, Business Writing, Bloomberg Skills and Excel. The learning of additional soft skills continued throughout the rest of term with additional workshops such as Business Etiquette, Impact and Influence and Financial Industry Tools sessions for the MFA (such as Morningstar, Matlab and Factset).

Core courses began after an action-packed start to the year, with the MiM and Global MiM studying Finance, Leadership in Organisations, Data Analytics for Management and Financial Accounting. Meanwhile, the MFA students covered Asset Management I, World Economy, Analysis and Financial Statements, Corporate Finance, and Data and Time Series Analytics.

The Mentoring Scheme kicked off at the end of September where students were matched with their MBA and Masters in Finance mentors, allowing students to foster meaningful relationships with more experienced professionals in our community. We went live on our Snapchat account for the #LBSMeetYourMentor evening event.

Throughout the term, our students got involved with so many activities across the student clubs. MFA students from the Impact Consulting Club volunteered for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and MiMs and MFAs took their place on the dance floor, representing their programme at the annual Diwali Party.

EC_Term_1_highlights_07 EC_Term_1_highlights_08

In early December, 62 Early Career students travelled to Silicon Valley for the Global Immersion Field Trip (GIFT). They were welcomed by companies such as Pinterest, Electronic Arts, Google, Apple, Softtech and Singularity University. This GIFT allowed students to better understand the environment which fosters such significant levels of innovation through visits to some of the best known brands in San Francisco and the Bay Area as well as smaller and mid-stage start-ups, investors, incubators, and thought leaders. You can catch more information on our student blog here



So that concludes a short overview of the first term. The students have plenty coming up for Term Two, including Business Immersion Week and Global Immersion Field Trips to Milan & Munich, Paris, Barcelona and New York! You can follow us on our Facebook page for further programme insights.



Whether you’re at the crucial research stage or in the process of applying for our Executive MBA London (EMBA) programme, the Recruitment Team can offer you a wealth of support.


We understand that it can take weeks, months and even at times years, for candidates to decide on whether to embark on an EMBA and which school to choose.

Therefore we are here to answer any questions or queries you may have concerning the EMBA programme at London Business School (LBS). We can send you further details or any information requested to help you understand all of the great features and benefits that our EMBA has to offer. Simultaneously, we will share with you, what we look for in an EMBA candidate.

At this crucial research stage, we can aid you in differentiating between programmes. For example you may be deciding between the EMBA or our full-time MBA; we can help you understand the key differences and similarities between our programmes and which one might best suit your needs.


Secondly we can help decipher whether the EMBA will be the best programme for you based on your experience. We do this by conducting an informal CV review.

This is not an admissions decision, rather tailored advice based on reviewing your academic and professional background.

We also work very closely with the Recruitment and Admissions teams from the other programmes in our portfolio. So if we feel you may that your profile is better suited to another programme, we will put you in touch with the right person.


Having a phone conversation or one-to-one meeting will give us an opportunity to offer you tailored advice and support that will help you to submit a competitive application.

We also hold monthly information sessions on Campus where you can meet the EMBA Recruitment and Admissions Teams in person together with current EMBA students and alumni.


Whether that’s reminding you of the upcoming application deadlines, giving you some top tips on how to strengthen your application or sending you more information on the programme requirements; we are here to help you submit a strong application as smoothly as possible. We can also send you an application checklist which contains useful information on requirements such as the GMAT or the Executive Assessment and also details of our fast track application process.

At all points right up until you submit an application, the EMBA Recruitment Team is here and happy to help you begin your journey to becoming a successful student on the next class!

Get the conversation started today! Start your EMBA journey by getting in touch with us via emba@london.edu


shutterstock_347881685 [Converted]

If you are thinking of studying the Sloan MSc or have already received an offer, funding is one of your priorities.

I would like to remind you that London Business School offers a generous range of scholarships that cover partly or fully the tuition fees of the Sloan MSc. Some scholarships will automatically consider all candidates who accepted their offer whereas other scholarships require an application with various criteria. Ensure you visit our website for all the details about the below scholarships:

  • 50th Anniversary Scholarship
  • Sloan Philip Langsdale Scholarship
  • Sloan Awards
  • Sloan MSc Women’s Scholarship
  • Sloan Alumni Scholarship
  • The Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship
  • The Gallifrey Scholarship for Social Enterprise
  • The David Pyott Scholarship


Please note that you can submit applications for as many scholarships as you consider yourself to be eligible for.

Good luck with your applications, and remember: you won’t get if you don’t give it a try!

After a year of reviewing applications, conducting interviews from both sides of the Atlantic, London Business School(LBS) and Columbia Business School(CBS), last week we finally welcomed the new EMBA-Global Americas & Europe class on campus.

This fantastic class of 73 students with an average age of 34 years represent 33 different nationalities, and have an average of 11 years of work experience. This intake also marks the highest number of female students (32%) we have had in a class so far.

The first day of Orientation, Sunday 8 May, was a beautiful summer day in London; perfect to kick off this very intensive week. The afternoon started with some refreshments and followed with inductions from both partner schools. Having drinks and dinner was the best way to complete this first day.

Richard Jolly from LBS and Paul Ingram from CBS were part of this first week of study respectively with their Executive Leadership and Leadership & Organisational Change classes. Students also got introduced to Financial Accounting, Managerial Economics and Managerial Statistics, just enough to get them straight into the academic part of the programme.

The EMBA-Global programme is highly collaborative and this first week was the time for students to meet their study groups. A study group usually consists of five individuals from different countries and industries. Throughout the programme they will surely share their ups and downs. After getting their hoodies, getting their photos taken and signing off their biographies for the class directory, study groups all went for dinner so they could better get to know each other.

The orientation week would not be complete without the famous closing dinner on the River Thames. Better known as the boat party, it was a great opportunity for the class to meet students from other leadership programmes including Sloan MSc and Executive MBA. One of the recurring comments among the guests was how diverse London Business School community is, and we are certainly proud of this.

See you in August EMBA-Global 2018s!




March was the month of the last core block week for EMBAG2017 students who started the programme in May 2015. They spent a week together in New York, at Columbia Business School. They have 11 months of intense studying and travelling behind them.


Columbia University

Although this was an emotional week for all the students, it was no exception to the previous block weeks and their schedules were filled with lectures, guest speakers and networking events.

On the first day of the week students took part in a web conference which was organised with General David Petraeus, the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He discussed his assignments and decision making processes in the Middle East in 2011.

Other lunchtime conferences during the week included topics around entrepreneurship, venture capital and change in workplace.

Columbia Business School in partnership with the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants and BlueSteps – an executive career consultancy firm – hosted an executive search panel event. The moderator was Brian Glade, Managing Director (Americas and Governance) from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. The panel was constituted of Sandra Kozlowski, Principal at Korn Ferry; Mary Matthews, Managing Partner at Stanton Chase; Warren Wasp, President at WTW Associates and Charles Watson, Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates. The panel discussed hints and tips about how to best interact with recruiters.

Current EMBA-Global students, alumni and friends of the CBS community had the opportunity to attend the networking even afterwards.

To mark this memorable week, students and staff celebrated in style with an end of term dinner party held on the Hudson River bank. Gowns and black tie attires were required! A DJ took care of the animation and humorous awards were attributed to the class. No better event could have sent off the students to the electives part of their programme.


EMBAG2017 class

In my last blog post, we talked about how much it costs to live and study in London, the transformational experience of attending London Business School and the excitement of living in this world class city.

Have you decided to submit your application to one of our degree programmes? 

Alongside submitting the application to your chosen programme and completing your all-important interview, we know that you are also giving a great deal of consideration to financing your course. Have you found it overwhelming? We are here to help. We are also here to help if you are not overwhelmed, but still in need of some solid guidance.

This is probably the most significant investment you will make in your professional career, maybe even your lifetime. We expect it will pay impressive dividends. But, in order to see this return, let’s first talk about your financing options.

Our financial aid office at London Business School fully understands the level of financial commitment required and is here to provide you with the knowledge base to take these decisions as an informed and thoughtful consumer.  We know you will have questions on terms and conditions, interest rates, and repayment plans. Once you have received your admissions letter, you will have access to our Sources of Financial Aid page, which is an excellent resource to compare funding options and research any pre-existing criteria.

Typically funding a postgraduate or masters programme in the UK can be challenging. Although we have our fair share of high earners before joining the School, this certainly doesn’t apply to everyone that has been successful in gaining admission. We also do encourage you to save as much as possible for living expenses before attending.

Approximately, 67% of our MBA2014 class received some form of financial aid. This included funding from loan schemes in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and Norway, School scholarships, external scholarships, grants for military service members and company sponsorships.

We also have scholarships available for our Masters in Management, Masters in Financial Analysis, Executive MBA and Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy programmes.

We participate in Prodigy Finance, Future Finance, the US Federal student loan programme, Sallie Mae, and the Canadian student loan programme. Other sources of funding available to our students include Professional Career and Development Loans, Veterans Affairs and the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme.

Beginning for academic year 2016-17, UK citizens will have access to the new postgraduate loan programme for masters study. The financial aid office will provide additional information on this scheme as it becomes available.



Community lending for London Business School students | Prodigy Finance


Our goal at London Business School is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. We understand the level of financial commitment required to attend one of our programmes. We also believe that by providing you with access to these funding programmes it brings you a step closer to realising your potential as a member of the London Business School community.

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce you to the Admissions team for the Sloan MSc programme. We are here to support you with your application and to ensure a diverse and exceptional cohort in the next class.

Linden Selby (Senior Recruitment & Admissions Manager, Sloan MSc and EMBA-Global programmes) has been with the School for over twenty years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the executive leadership degree programmes. She has wonderful stories to tell of the successes of past classes and is always on the lookout for the ‘stars’ of the next programme.

“Each candidate is an individual – someone who has taken time to think and write about their career, interests, achievements and future goals.  This reflects who they are as a person, how they will contribute to the class and benefit from their year as a Sloan Fellow.” Linden Selby

Lorine Barrier (Recruitment & Admissions Manager, Sloan MSc and EMBA-Global programmes) has almost completed her first year with the School and is passionate about recruiting top talent to our programmes. She knows what makes a great application and can see the potentials in students from the outset.

“Sloan applicants are very unique. They are senior executives who have reached success in their career and deliberately make the choice to step back and reinvent themselves. The application should reflects their journey/leadership experience and explain why the Sloan programme fits with their future aspirations.” Lorine Barrier

Sindy Nauth (Recruitment & Admissions Officer, Sloan MSc and EMBA-Global programmes) is the first point of contact for any prospective candidates submitting applications. She helps to make a student’s journey through admissions as seamless as possible giving advice and clarity when needed.

“Sloan candidates are dynamic and passionate about making a difference in their careers. From the application we like to develop a better understanding of each individual and bring their experiences to life. We are delighted to support our senior professionals through the Sloan journey.” Sindy Nauth

We like to take advantage of the Admissions blog to keep you up to date with the recruitment and admissions process for both the EMBA-Global and Sloan MSc programmes.

MiF Admissions are in full swing for the August 2016 intake and the current full-time students are already half way through this life-changing journey.

It is fantastic to be able to see how much the students have grown already, developed their industry knowledge and defined a solid career plan through our world-class teaching and the exciting exchange of ideas that makes us a melting pot of energy, cultures and influences. As a student of the Masters in Finance, you won’t just be stretched intellectually in class, the student clubs are at the heart of the student experience at London Business School.  As well as regular speaker events, they organise a number of highly-respected conferences attended by industry practitioners and showcasing the School to the wider world.

The clubs have already hosted a variety of entirely student-led events, and upcoming conferences includes the Asset Management Conference 2016 where students will join a select group of senior asset owners, managers and researchers to exchange on current industry hot topics.

London Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Club is also working on its 12th Annual London Conference to address the “Evolving Stakeholder Relationships and the Search for Returns in a Maturing PEVC Landscape”.  A multicultural festival celebrating the diversity of the school named ‘Tattoo’ recently took place and there is much, much more to come.



We asked Daniel Needleman, a current Masters in Finance student, to share his experience with us.

1) Why did you opt to study the full-time Masters in Finance at London Business School?

I really chose to study the full-time Masters in Finance for two reasons. First I found something that I had a genuine interest in for probably the first time in my life (beyond my beloved football team). Studying the MiF was the perfect opportunity for me to surround myself and learn from people involved in some of most cutting edge research in this field, likely to change the way the finance industry operates, as well as likeminded people who shared my passion and curiosity. Second, I saw this as a fantastic opportunity for me to explore new opportunities; areas of finance I had no previous exposure to, expanding my network and sharing my experiences and learning from others about their own ones.

2) What has been your favourite learning experience so far?

There have been so many fantastic experiences that it’s hard to choose one in particular. What has really struck me about London Business School is the passion that Professors convey for their respective subjects, which is reflected not only in the quality of the lectures, but equally the mutual respect and encouragement for the class to explore, challenge each other and draw on our own personal experiences. This includes the ability and willingness to invite practioners to class to share their views and experiences. If I had to choose one experience in particular, it would have to be the talk and networking event I attended at the end of last year: ‘US Monetary Policy: Playing the slow game’ with Esther George (President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City), Sir Charles Bean (former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England’s MPC) and our very own Richard Portes. This was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from those at the heart of the issue on a topic that was the focus of almost every person in the financial services industry at that very moment in time.

3) Tell us about your interaction with other students – How is it to be part of our diverse and ever-expanding international community?

One of the great things about LBS is its ability to bring together people from such diverse experiences and backgrounds, yet all of whom share the same passion, drive and hunger to learn from one another. It did not take me long to realise how incredibly smart and driven everyone at LBS is, and how much each person has to offer both academically and also in the social and cultural experiences I have had.  Whether it’s Tattoo, the ‘Discovering the Americas’ party hosted by the Brazil Club and LATAM Club or a night of eating and drinking homemade delicacies from  my classmates’ home towns around the world, I am constantly being reminded of the diversity of my friends, and why I chose LBS.  I look forward to taking up some of the many offers I’ve received to go and visit my friends around the world when we have finished the Masters.

4) What has been the highlight of your MiF experience so far? I don’t think I could justify my status as a student if I didn’t mention the notorious Sundowners, but really that’s just one tiny part of my experience so far. For me the highlight of the MiF has to be simply having the opportunity to do things that I doubt I would ever have got round to doing in my life. Whether it’s the talks and panel discussions I’ve attended, treks I’ve been on, or people I’ve met,  I’ve been challenged and taken out my comfort zone more than I ever imagined I would. I’ve even had the opportunity to learn a new language since being here. Whilst daunting, and definitely a feeling of stepping into the unknown at times,  this is exactly what I signed up for and wouldn’t have it any other way. I especially loved Tattoo, where the entire LBS community got together to celebrate everything that makes us so unique.

With all that said, ask me the same question in a few months or a few years’ time and I’m sure I’ll have something new to tell you about.

Senior Networking @ LBS


There are many reasons why you might consider studying one of our leadership programmes. Whether you wish to develop your leadership skills to transition into general management, take on new academic challenges, or develop an entrepreneurial idea into a real venture.

Whatever your reasons, undoubtedly a significant part of the programme will be meeting new people and expanding your network.

London Business School offers a unique and powerful environment where you have access to a large network of senior executives and you’ll find there are many opportunities to surround yourself with students from many different walks of life. Here are a few…

Global Business Assignments

As an Executive MBA or an EMBA-Global student, you will be required to take a Global Business Assignment (GBA) and on these trips, you will spend the week with students from other EMBA classes.



Most of the electives for the Sloan MSc, EMBA-Global and Executive MBA are available for students from other programmes. Electives allow you to network with, and learn from, students across the School community and from around the world. They are available to students from all of London Business School degree programmes and visiting international exchange students.

EMBA Capstone

This is an end of programme celebration for the four Executive MBA graduating classes. The evening is a great opportunity for you to network with students from other Executive MBA programmes.

Student clubs

The School has over 70 clubs that create important networks and offer opportunities to explore personal interests. Clubs range from professional subjects such as consulting, entrepreneurship and energy to regional clubs including Latin American and China club. Clubs also organise treks, conferences and social celebrations.

Alumni network

London Business School alumni are a global community of over 40,000 successful business professionals in more than 150 countries. Upon graduation you will become a part of this community that offers you a wealth of knowledge, resources and unlimited networking opportunities.


Students will also have the opportunity to share their business expertise with Masters in Management and MBA students through our mentoring schemes, alumni community, events and professional and industry clubs.

We often get asked whether part-time students have the same opportunities to get involved in the student community as full-time students. If you plan to study our Masters in Finance or Executive MBA part-time format the opportunities are the same; however, you may wish to consider how you will juggle your work and personal commitments as well as time to fit in your studies. We asked some of our current Masters in Finance part-time students how much they get involved in student clubs and how they manage these commitments.


Margarita_Economides_smBeing involved in student clubs is a great way to meet members of the London Business School (LBS) community across different programmes. Attending club events provides a fantastic opportunity to listen to inspirational speakers, as well as meet former and current students. Managing my time is challenging, but I tend to participate in club events during weekday evenings and study at the weekends. It is also possible to participate in treks organised by student clubs, for example I joined the Japan Trek and the Snow Trek – both were fantastic and memorable experiences! 

I have embraced the opportunity to participate in a great number of clubs on campus. In my first year at LBS, I was the Vice President of Asset Management for the Investment Management Club and organised three speaker events. This year, I am the Treasurer of the Women in Business Club. I am also an Ambassador for the Masters in Finance Programme at LBS, working with the Admissions Committee to target and attract prospective students to the Masters in Finance programme. 

My experiences of both the Women in Business Club and the Investment Management Club have been very positive, with both clubs being accommodating to part-time students. Participating in clubs on campus has enriched my experience at LBS, and I look forward to attending future events as an alumna! Margarita Economides (MIFPT2016)


Yannick_Lakoue_Derant_smDespite the fact that it is already challenging to find the right balance between my professional life and academic requirements, I made the choice to get actively involved in the London Business School community and I became the treasurer of the Basketball Club. Being part of the clubs and the wider student community provide the opportunity to get to know your peers who share similar interests to you. I have a very tight schedule but I still find the time at least once a week to practice the game, basketball that has given so much to me in terms of mental agility, competitive drive and teamwork skills. Beyond the teamwork appeal, having the opportunity to combine my finance background to be part of the leadership team to organise the life of our club members further attracted me.

During my first year, I restricted myself to one single active mandate by being the treasurer of the Basketball club. However, I was also member of several clubs including the Africa Club, the Emerging Markets, the Investment Management and the PEVC club; striving to attend conferences and panel discussions when possible.

The clubs do a good job in terms of the exposure and the diversity of events they offer to the whole student body and I am fully aware of the constraints you face when balancing the interest of all stakeholders (or the majority). Even for me living in London, it has been impossible to be more involved in the community and attend the events during the day. I think that there is more we can do to increase part-time and commuters participation, with timing or technology adjustments as potential solutions to consider.”  Yannick Lakoue Derant (MIFPT2016)