Season 7 - Episode 3 - Equality must become the norm, not just a box ticking excercise 

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) needs to become “the norm” in organisations to escape “disappointing” government criticism that it is a waste of time.

That’s the guidance coming from the latest episode of ‘Aston means business’, a podcast from Aston University presented by journalist Steve Dyson.

Prof Shivani Sharma, the new deputy dean of people, culture and inclusion at the university’s College of Business and Social Sciences, explained that EDI cultures must become “everybody’s business” to address the existing gender and ethnicity pay gaps.

Release date: 10.04.2024


Season 7 - Episode 2 - Academic’s RAF background invaluable for supply chain course

A former RAF pilot and combat base commander is helping to provide a new generation of supply chain professionals for some of the world’s biggest companies.Richard Atkinson said his military background was very “relevant” to his current role as deputy director of the Supply Chain Leadership programme at Aston University.

The former air commodore, who once flew Tornado and Phantom fighter jets and was station commander of RAF Leuchars in Scotland, appears in the latest episode of the Aston means business podcast series, presented by journalist Steve Dyson

Release date: 06.03.2024


Season 7 - Episode 1 - Jack Miller: From playground entrepreneur to top Aston Martin career

A graduate of Aston University’s Executive MBA has explained how the programme helped his journey from selling Pokemon trading cards at primary school to a successful career with a luxury car manufacturer.

Jack Miller, Regional Operations Manager at Warwickshire-based Aston Martin, combined an MBA with his Degree Apprenticeship. He gained a major promotion before completing his course and is already looking ahead to more senior roles in the organisation.

Release date: February 2024


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