Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Education opens doors

As a child growing up in the 1960s, one of my favourite games was a driving game where I could manoeuvre vehicles around the town using a joystick. Actually I need to qualify this: it was a cardboard map of a town approximately 30 centimetres by 30 centimetres which sat in a box. Underneath the map was a magnet controlled by the joystick, and this in turn dragged the vehicles through the 2-dimensional town plan. To a modern audience this would seem really primitive, but back then it was for me a wonderful game.

Moving forward to the present day, my daughter plays intricate fast-action computer games with high definition quality graphics. It’s a different world! Recently she let me have a go and almost immediately I ran into difficulty. I wanted to move up to the next level which meant moving through a door, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get it to open. Most frustrating! However when she took over she knew exactly what to do, and very quickly pushed the door open and moved through to the next magical Kingdom.

I then had the realisation that this was similar to what we do at ECBM; we are in the profession of door opening. We provide education for students so the previously locked doors can now be opened, and additionally we provide a map for what to do once you have gone through. We have the key and the map. How you use them is up to you.

Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor of LJMU,
 handing out certificates at ECBM's graduation last year
One of the institutions we work in co-operation with is Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).  On the 27th April LJMU won the ‘University of the Year’ award at the Educate North Awards 2017, a most prized and sought after award.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill accepted the award, saying:

“I am delighted that Liverpool John Moores University has won this prestigious award. This is testament to years of hard work by our staff and shows exactly what we can achieve by working together as a team, which makes LJMU the modern pioneering university in the North.

“It is fitting that this exceptional achievement comes in the 25th anniversary year of LJMU - another landmark in the history and journey of our university.”

The judging panel said: 

“The judges felt that the university demonstrated a clear strategic vision and contributed significantly locally, but also nationally and globally. The academic strength, management and financial stewardship are all contributing factors to their success.”

We at ECBM congratulate LJMU, and are proud to be part of its success story with our MBA and MSc programmes.

Graham Harman-Baker

Friday, 5 May 2017

The world is still a good place

I would like to tell you about one of my business students: city banker Bethany Fortune who is currently doing the Higher National Diploma with ECBM. Bethany ran the London Marathon for Cancer Research and did it in 5hrs 23 mins, an admirable performance!

I was thinking about the time leading up to the race. There is the training, the arrangement of sponsorship, and the knowledge that you are there in the spotlight and so cannot afford to fail. I can only imagine what it all feels like, and then there is the matter of the gruelling race itself!

You have to respect those who enter, and Bethany did it, raising valuable funds for her charity. When you witness such selfless behaviour you realise the world is still a good place. Well done Beth!

People leave us, others remain needing us to care for them, and others give their time and effort to raise money to pay for that care.

When you care you share, and change lives beyond compare. I wonder how many people reading this have their own heart-warming story to tell?

Graham Harman-Baker