Research And Leadership Bootcamp 2022

The 1st of March 2022 was a prominent day in the history of Westford University College as the university’s first Research and Leadership Bootcamp was conducted at the Pullman hotel in Dubai. The event had guest speakers from all over the world from countries including the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Proceedings were initiated by Dr. Andrew Hambler (Birmingham City University) and Mr. Zawahir Siddique (Associate Dean) giving an opening speech regarding the origins and growth of Westford University College. Dr. Martin Eley (Birmingham City University) the keynote speaker then delivered a presentation on the areas of “Doctorates – history, background and relevance” and “Contribution to Practice – what is it and what does it look like?
After a brief tea break, Dr. Liza Gernal (UCAM DBA Coordinator) then introduced the research team at Westford University College. Mr. Flores (Business Faculty) took over the Bootcamp and engaged the audience through team-building exercises and theories. Proceedings were halted through a lunch break at the hotel which allowed staff and DBA students to network with one another. After the break, Dr. Lee Croft (Wolverhampton University) and Dr. Hambler oversaw the delivery of research presentations by DBA students. The presentations were assessed by academic staff from Westford University College. The Associate Dean of Cardiff Metropolitan University, Dr. Mukul Mudahar then delivered a presentation on “preparing for your viva”. The first day of the bootcamp concluded with a Gala dinner.
The second day of the Research and Leadership Bootcamp was once again opened by a presentation by Dr. Martin Eley who covered the topic area “Leadership: what does it mean for a DBA candidate/graduate?”. The CEO of Fine Hygienic Holding (FHH) and world-class strength and conditioning coach then delivered a presentation on “Leadership: what does it mean for a DBA candidate/graduate?”. After a short tea break, proceedings recommenced with Dr. Hamble and Dr. Lee carrying on the Doctoral presentations from the day before.

Nicholas Papadopoulos

CEO / General Management - BM Division - Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
Joining Westford for the DBA program was one of my milestones as I knew that it would support my development. The reason is that we are combining academics with work experience and practice. As a working professional, that in itself is a really good value. Having a DBA is much more than having a title, it’s the value that comes along with it. No matter what role you’re in, you will have so much to gain from this!

Mona Golshan Sorour

Key Account Manager - Al Ittihad Drug store At first, I was not sure whether I would be able to do the DBA program, especially because managing work, family, and studies at the same time seemed daunting. But the facility provided by the university with classes on the weekend made it possible for students like me. The faculty are available even after work hours to support you and I appreciate that!

Venkatesh Palakkad Viswanathan

Principal Consultant and Business Head – mPower HR
As an HR professional with 35+ experience, I finally decided to dwell on academics to end my professional journey and contribute back to society. Age doesn’t set the bar but the inclination to go ahead and follow your desire is what is truly important. Today's Bootcamp was a great experience, where like-minded Doctorate students came together, discussed, and shared new ideas! A great learning experience that provided students with a new perspective on things!

Fahima AlHamaty

Business Development Manager - Taiba Hospital
The pandemic affected the healthcare sector a lot and I needed something to upskill myself, enrolling in the DBA program was the perfect way to do it. The Bootcamp provided a fun and engaging learning experience for all the students. Being a full-time working mother, I want to let other women know that it isn’t impossible, we are the leaders of today, and doing the Doctorate program is the perfect way to become one!

After a lunch break, further presentations were delivered by DBA students. The second day concluded with the organizers announcing Ms. Lina Al-Hamaty as the winner of the DBA presentation competition. Overall, the Research and Leadership Bootcamp was a major success with attendees and speakers from all over the world. This initial DBA programme linked event has set high standards for future Westford University College events of a similar nature.
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