First Place for Business Students - for Second Year Running
30 Jun 2017
A team of seven students took on the role of NHS bosses in a business competition and came out with first prize for the second consecutive year.
Acting as NHS trustees, the students were forced to make cuts of £19m to the trust's budget, in the annual challenge run by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Each member of the team was given a role - such as CEO, head of finance and head of surgery - and asked to put forward his or her argument regarding the cuts.
During the decision-making process, the students were expected to deal with interruptions, including a visit from the local MP who was campaigning against the cuts, on behalf on her constituents.
There was also a meeting with a trade union representiatve concerned about job losses and a letter from a worried health service user about the impact of cuts on the community.
Midway through the process, teams were told they needed to make a further £4 million worth of cuts.
Balancing all the arguments, teams reached a decision on how to implement the cuts and gave a presentation outlining their plans.
The Ashby students came first out of the six teams taking part in the challenge at De Montfort University. Judges decided they performed best throughout the day, dealt most effectively with the interruptions and produced a professional report and presentation.
Francesca Humphries, one of the students who took part, said: "We were very surprised to win but it was a really nice feeling. The whole day was a real eye-opener.
"Some people think that business is one dimensional but it is very broad. There are lots of skills involved."
Head of business Paul Mills said: "I am very proud of the team. This was our second consecutive win so, of course, we are very happy."
Team members were Year 12 students Francesca Humphries, Phoebe Baker, Daisy Roach, Abbie Hodgkins, Blaze Clarke, Bethany Clifford and Jade Murby.
All seven students study business or economics at A level.