2015 Adam Smith Prize recipient

2015 Adam Smith Prize recipient

Severin Reissl is the recipient of the 2015 Adam Smith Prize. The prize is awarded by the University to the most distinguished graduate of the year in the Master of Arts (Social Sciences) Honours degree programme. Having won first prize in Economics for all four years of his study, Severin has shone academically throughout his studies.

Welcoming the news, Margaret Milner, Director of Undergraduate Studies, commented: “We are delighted that one our students has won the Adam Smith Prize. This prestigious award recognises Severin’s excellent and consistent academic performance during his four years as an Undergraduate student. Being awarded the Adam Smith Prize is truly a magnificent achievement, and the result of significant hard work. Congratulations Severin!”

Winning the Adam Smith Prize came as a pleasant surprise to Severin as it came shortly after he had received his final grades.  “I’m pleased that my hard work throughout my degree has been recognised, all the more so – given the name of the prize – as an economics student. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Adam Smith Business School and in particular Dr Alberto Paloni, who encouraged me to pursue my fields of interest and was immensely helpful both regarding subject-related questions and applications to various summer schools, internships, and postgraduate programmes.”

Severin, originally from Munich, Germany, came to study at the University of Glasgow in 2011.  Originally he had planned to study a joint degree in Politics and Economics but towards the end of his second year, after the introduction to post-Keynesian economics, he decided to switch to a single honours degree in Economics. This module had shown him that the field of economics was much broader than he had previously thought and he decided to focus on an academic career in economics where he believes there is “much important work to be done”.

Severin is well known around the Adam Smith Business School and was one of the founders of Glasgow University Real-World Economics Society (GURWES) alongside Faheem Rokadya and Max Schröder.  Severin has displayed an infectious enthusiasm not only in launching the Society, but also in promoting its academic orientation and ensuring GURWES serves as a vehicle of intellectual curiosity. The main purpose of GURWES is to serve as a platform for further study of currently non-mainstream approaches to economics which are not covered within the degree. As part of a wider international campaign, under the umbrella of the Rethinking Economics network within the UK, GURWES looks for a reform of the economics curriculum towards a more pluralistic approach. Severin has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Society.

The conferences organised this year and the cycle of seminars/workshops over the past two years (some in videoconference with renowned speakers in Canada and the US) have been very successful and this is due in a large part to Severin’s drive and commitment to the Society. 

“I believe that the pluralistic and critical approach to economics, which GURWES promotes, encouraged and helped me to engage with my course materials in greater detail and depth, and encouraged me to seek out additional sources offering alternative points of view.”

Keen to continue his education, Severin has been offered a scholarship to undertake an MRes and PhD in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School.  With his undergraduate dissertation already published as a working paper, Severin is keen to spend his summer continuing work on papers and articles for publication.

ASBS, and the University of Glasgow, would like to congratulate Severin on his latest academic achievement and look forward to watching him grow further within his chosen career.

Enterprising students raise money for cancer research

Students from the Adam Smith Business School handed over a cheque for £1,479.33 to the Beatson Cancer Charity at an official presentation on 9th June.

The students were taking part in the Business Start-Up course, which ran for the first time this year for Business and Management Honours students.

A key part of the course required students to work in small groups and start microbusinesses.  All the profits made from trading activity were donated to charity.

Catriona Henderson, a Senior Honours Student in Business and Management, officially handed the cheque to Amy Dreszler from the Beatson Cancer Charity.

Catriona was part of the ‘Painters in Arms’ business team, which ran a decorating service for the project.

There were twelve businesses in total ranging from a gin tasting experience, FIFA tournaments and businesses selling candles and woollen accessories.

ASBS academics Dr Jillian Gordon and Professor Colin Mason who ran the course explained: “The course is based on the view that you can’t teach someone to be an entrepreneur through lectures.  There has to be an experiential component."

Both are delighted with the overall learning experience gained by the students and with the financial contribution to the Beatson Charity.

Dr Gordon commented: “We are delighted that many of the students are now considering an entrepreneurial career as a consequence of taking this course. This is good for the Scottish economy.” Indeed, at least two students are already running their own businesses.

Professor Mason commented: “We chose the Beatson Cancer Centre to be our first charity partner for the course because almost all of us will be affected by cancer during our lives, either directly or through someone close to us. In the past three years my late wife and my best friend have both been treated at the Beatson. The care that they received was fantastic.”

Postgraduate students summer workshops

Three summer workshops were held for postgraduate students at the Adam Smith Business School, which were designed to support their personal development and enhance the skills required to find a job following graduation.

The first workshop was entitled ‘Presentation and Communication’ and gave students the opportunity to develop their skills and increase their confidence in attending job interviews and other situations where self-awareness, listening and observing, self-reflection and presentation can determine the outcome of the situation.

The second workshop allowed students to explore the principles and practice of leadership and high performing teams. It provided an interactive series of leadership themes, whilst setting out a series of leadership and team challenges in a practical, supportive and enjoyable environment.

The final summer workshop gave students an opportunity to play a real-time business simulation game by Industry Masters. Students were required to build a business plan and take over a large, global automobile manufacturer where their objective was to build sales, improve profitability and maximise shareholder value. At the same time they were tasked to control total carbon emissions from their business operations in a tightening regulatory environment.

MAcc student presents at EEA 2015 & IPAFEM 2015

MAcc student, Ahmad Zaki, presented at two conferences during April 2015. 

On Thursday, 9th April 2015, Ahmad attended the IPAFEM 2015 and presented a paper on Analysing Disclosure and Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility Practice: Case of an Islamic Bank.  The theme of this conference was “Islam and Business in Contemporary Society” and brought together scholars in the fields of accounting, finance, management and other related disciplines. It was held at the University of Glasgow and was organised by Dr Mohammad Hudaib, Reader in Accounting and Finance at the Adam Smith Business School.


Ahmad submitted a paper to the European Accounting Association Annual Congress 2015 on ‘The Impact of Ethics Education on Earnings Management Judgment: A Quasi-Experimental Approach’ and was subsequently invited to present at the 38th EAA Conference, which took place between the 28th and 30th April 2015 at the SECC, Glasgow.


International Strategic Marketing students visit Grouped ESC Troyes En Champagne

Students studying the MSc International Strategic Marketing attended a trip to Grouped ESC Troyes En Champagne as part of their Internationalisation of SME course, accompanied by programme convenor, David Logan. The activities included company visits and a trip to a local science park associated to the School and the Chamber of Commerce.

Kristina Tsvetkova from Bulgaria, one of the students that attended, commented:  “I am really happy that the topics they covered were new to us. The lecturers engaged us in the discussions and helped us see links that we might have overlooked.

“This programme was well-organised and very useful for the students, with a variety of activities and experiences.”

Postgraduate Masquerade Ball

On 20th February 2015, postgraduate students at the Adam Smith Business School attended a Postgraduate Masquerade Ball, which took place at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow. Nearly 800 students, staff and special guests attended and donned masquerade themed attire.

The evening consisted of a drinks reception, three course dinner, competition for best dressed, best selfie, entertainment from MAD Studios dancers, and music from Capital FM’s DJ Garry Spence.

Postgraduate Ceilidhs

Three ceilidhs were held between January and May 2015 for postgraduate students. Two winter ceilidhs took place in January 2015 for Management and Economics students and the third was held in May 2015 for Accounting & Finance students, all were held at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel. Each evening consisted of a drinks reception, three-course dinner, ceilidh dancing and a disco.  Students thoroughly enjoyed taking part in traditional Scottish dancing which also gave them the opportunity to meet new friends and interact with staff.  There was heavy snowfall during the night of the Economics ceilidh which added to the winter theme and allowed students to take some great photographs.