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Summer School 2022

Summer School 2022

International Masters Summer School (IMSS)
13 - 17 June 2022

Fighting for Justice: Delivering Social Value and Tackling Climate Action

  • Develop awareness of challenges and opportunities for sustainability and the circular economy in business globally.
  • Challenge understanding of conventional linear business models.
  • Be inspired by innovative ideas and thinking from practitioners.
  • Contribute to a critical thinking forum on sustainability.
  • Engage in team-based sustainability discussion and challenges through individual and shared learning.
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Apply for our Summer School

If you are interested in applying and would like some further information please contact our dedicated Summer School Team in the School of Management or speak with your International Office at your Business School who will provide your with further information.


Learning Outcomes

Visit our award winning triple-accredited School of Management where you will participate in a stimulating week of talks and activities lead by academic and industry experts.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Enhanced knowledge on sustainability issues relating to international business.
  • Critically evaluate conventional business concepts through a sustainable perspective.
  • Greater knowledge on innovative solutions and ideas toward sustainability.
  • Analyse conflicting interests, in a dynamic international context.
  • Effectively communicate, negotiate, and present work with others in culturally diverse settings

The IMSS offers a unique opportunity to not only learn about current topics, but also provides student participants to:

  • Receive a Certificate of Completion / Attendance: received by all students upon successful engagement and attendance with all sessions.
  • Receive 10 credits towards your Master’s degree (optional): for those that have registered to do so and who pass the requirements of the module (further details in this pack):
  • 100% weighting for graded written assessment.
  • Chance to win one of three IMSS prizes (optional): upon successful attendance, scoring a high mark in the SULITEST and being part of a team video challenge submission.
“To all the young people out there - I want you to stay angry. I want you to stay frustrated… But channel that anger. Harness that frustration. Keep pushing harder and harder for more and more. Because that’s what’s required to meet that challenge. Gird yourself for a marathon, not a sprint.” BARACK OBAMA

Learn from the Experts

Based at our award-winning 'Ecoversity' City Campus. you'll participate in a stimulating week of talks and activities lead by academic and industry experts.

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Explore sustainability challenges that affect individuals, organisations, the public sector and society
  • Engage in a sustainability-themed business game simulation
  • Tour a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit a sustainability company

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If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

IMSS Programme Schedule


Welcome and Arrival of International Partners

  • Staff at hand to assist with checking into Green Accommodation
  • Transport to be arranged from Leeds Bradford and Manchester


Enrolment and Registration 8:30 - 9:30
Welcome and Introduction 9:30 - 10:15
Walk to City Centre 10:15 - 10:45
Sustainability Tour of Bradford led by Bradford Metropolitan District Council 11:00 - 13:00
Lunch and talks at St Georges Hall (organised by Bradford Council) 13:00 - 14:15

Sustainability tour of Bradford City (optional) 

14:15 - 15:45
Free time 15:45 -


Lecture 01 [Circular Economy and Sustainability: How India is Contributing to COP26, Jabir Ali], face to face. 9:30 – 10:15
Lecture 02 [Financing at the Scale Needed by Nature: An Introduction to Landscape Finance, Paul Chatterton] online. 10:15 - 10:45
Lecture 03 [How an SME company changed its operating model and how a Senior Leadership navigated the company through Covid, Gina-Maria Singh] face to face. 10:45 - 11:15
Break 11:15 - 11:30
Group Discussion and Reporting 11.30 - 12:30

Lecture 04 [Sustainability and the Energy Trilemma, Don Lloyd], face to face.

12:30 – 13:00
Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00
Lecture 05 [Are you going to eat that? Food waste in a Circular Economy, Amir Sharif], face to face. 14:00 - 14:30
Lecture 06 [Resilience and the dark side of sustainable development, Geraldine Itana], face to face. 14.30 - 15:15
Break 15:15 - 15:30
Group Discussion and Reporting 15.30 - 16:15
Free time 16:15 – 18:00
Lecture 07 [UK Government’s Plan – Greening Finance: A Roadmap to Sustainability, Jennifer Horsley] face to face. 9:30 – 10:00
Lecture 08 [Smart sustainable cities: Is it too much to ask? P.B Anand] face to face. 10:00 - 11:00
Break 11:00 - 11:15
Group Discussion and Reporting 11:15 – 12:00
Lecture 09 [Demystifying the Circular Economy, Erin Wheeler], Online. 12:00 - 12:30
Lecture 10 [Sustainability, Business and Society, Irene Chu], face to face. 12.30 - 13:00
Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00

Sustainability Tour options (limited places)


14:00 - 18:00


Lecture 11 [Buzzwords, Bees and Barometers: The Hives and Blows of Grappling with Sustainability, Stuart Mckinnon-Evans] face to face. 9:30 – 10:15
Group Discussion and Reporting 10:15 - 10:45
Lecture 12 [Responsible Management, Technology and Circular Economy: Responsible Leadership and Technology for an Inclusive Society, Sankar Sivarajah], face to face. 10:45 – 11:30
Break 11:30 - 11:45
Lecture 13 [The Future of Business -- the role of business in addressing the sustainability challenge and how WWF works with the private sector, Andreas Beckman] Online. 11:45 - 12:30
Lecture 14 [Towards sustainable food systems - the role of technology and data, Nicole Thorpe], Online. 12.30 - 13:00
Lunch break 13:00 - 14:00
Lecture 15 [Managing supply chain relationships with a sustainability focus, Ceren Altuntaş Vural], Online. 14:00 - 14:30
Lecture 16 [Tackling Climate Change through Ecosystems-based Approaches: Examples from Green Climate Fund, Chris Dickinson], Online. 14.30 - 15:15
Break 15:15 - 15:30
Award Ceremony: Winners of the IMSS Sustainability Challenge Award (To be decided) 15:30 – 16:30
Networking Evening and BBQ (hosted by the University – On the Student Amp)  18:00 - 21:00
Assessment, Reflection and Close Activities for Visiting Overseas Partners (To be decided) 10:00 – 11:30