The BlueSky Education Thinking Podcast

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Hosted by Matt Symonds and BlueSky Education's Adrian Barrett and Stephanie Mullins, BlueSky Education Thinking discusses the latest topics in Business Education. Our guests range from the media, to accrediting bodies, and international business school contacts.

Your hosts

Adrian Barrett

BlueSky Education Thinking’s genial host, Adrian Barrett is Director of BlueSky PR.  Adrian is an experienced PR professional and gifted writer, with a no-nonsense approach to communication. He has written widely in the fields of education and HR management for media around the world. Adrian enjoys considerable success helping business schools to adapt their thoughts and opinions for op-eds in publications such as The Financial Times or Forbes.

Matt Symonds

BlueSky Education Thinking’s Mr Business Education, Matt Symonds, is a best-selling author, columnist for many of the world's biggest news publications, MBA admissions coach, public speaker, and business school and university rankings expert. As the S of QS, he is widely recognised as an authority in global business education, with an extensive network of media contacts. 

Stephanie Mullins

BlueSky Education Thinking’s roving reporter, Stephanie Mullins, has secured strategic relationships with key business education industry players, from accrediting bodies and ranking specialists to renowned editors and academics.  Stephanie is Associate Head of the BlueSky PR Education Practice and a formally (NCTJ) accredited journalist with extensive experience in managing communications outreach for business schools and universities around the world.

 

 

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Season One Episode Summaries

Episode One

International BizEd Guru Matt Symonds, BlueSky Education’s Adrian Barrett and Stephanie Mullins, and Sarah Seedsman of Media Minds Global navigate the thorny topic of business school rankings from how they came about and what data is taken into consideration, to why they matter and the future of rankings.

Episode Two

International BizEd Guru Matt Symonds, BlueSky Education’s Adrian Barrett, Stephanie Mullins and Peter Remon, and David Woods-Hale of the Association of MBA’s and Business Graduates Association discuss sustainability and it’s role within business education and more specifically business education communications.  

Episode Three

International BizEd Guru Matt Symonds, BlueSky Education’s Adrian Barrett and Stephanie Mullins, Bill Kooser from Fortuna Admissions and Olivier Lafaivre of NEOMA Business School discuss developments around the executive MBA and how it will continue to evolve for the future.

Episode Four

International BizEd Guru Matt Symonds, BlueSky Education’s Adrian Barrett and Stephanie Mullins, Sergio Oliveri of MIP Politecnico di Milano and Carrington Crisp's Ian Hawkings share their advice and some great examples of how a business school can stand out from the competition.

Episode Five

International BizEd Guru Matt Symonds, BlueSky Education’s Adrian Barrett, Stephanie Mullins and Dan Stobbs our in-house social media expert, along with Kate McNamee of Alliance Manchester Business School and Media Minds Global's Sarah Seedsman share their top social media tips for business schools.

Special Live Episode

Following the fantastic response we've had to the BlueSky Education Thinking podcast's first season, we thought it was the right time for a one off live episode to discuss the issues facing business education in today’s COVID world.  This new live episode covers all the topics from season one and more, with participation and questions from our live audience on the current global situation and how business schools are adapting - Magdalena Wanot from EFMD even shared some insight into their virtual careers fair initiative.