UCL School of Management

20 December 2019

School of Management 2019 Highlights

(Photo:Forbes, Double Dutch)

As the year draws to an end, we are looking back at The School of Management’s talented staff, students and alumni’s biggest achievements from 2019.

Our students and faculty have achieved many outstanding things throughout the year, so it was difficult to select just a few. But we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 highlights of 2019.

​Three SoM alumni from Entrepreneurship Programme feature in Forbes 30 under 30.

This year we had an incredible THREE alumni from our MSc Entrepreneurship programme featured on the Forbes Europe 30 under 30 2019 list.

The 30 under 30 lists are produced each year by Forbes, and are compiled by experts from across Europe to ‘spotlight the impressive, the inspiring and the (genuinely) enviable.’

We’re extremely proud of our talented entrepreneurs and their fantastic business initiatives.

Congratulations to:

Team PlayBrush - Technology Category
MSc Entrepreneurship alumnus; Tolulope Ogunsina, Founder of Team PlayBrush made the ‘30 under 30: Technology’ list for his work on start-up PlayBrush.

Tolu, founded the company with former School of Management MSc Entrepreneurship classmate Paul Varga. The School of management’s MSc Entrepreneurship programme offers a collaborative, friendly and dynamic approach to working which allows likeminded individuals, like Tolu and Paul, to work together, share experience and knowledge to start innovative, high impact, new businesses like PlayBrush.

Double Dutch Drinks – Retail and Ecommerce Category

Joyce and Raissa de Haas, co-founders of the premium soft drinks brand Double Dutch made it onto the list for their continuing growth since launch in 2015, establishing themselves as one of the best premium soft drink brands in the market.

Since graduating, this dynamic duo have already gone from strength to strength and their soft drinks have become a go-to mixer in many London luxury hotels and Michelin Star resturants.

Poq Commerce - Retail and Ecommerce Category

Poq Commerce, a startup born out the MSc Entrepreneurship programme, also got a mention in the ‘30 under 30: Retail and Ecommerce’ category. Poq is an app commerce platform that empowers retailers to create apps easily and at a fraction of the price of using a traditional app development agencies.

The app commerce company was co-founded with Oyvind Henriksen and Michael Langguth both MSc Entrepreneurship alumni. The pair said the MSc Entrepreneurship programme at The School of Management was: “Like an MBA, but for start-ups, and one of the only real entrepreneurship focussed programmes where you find friends and potential investors. They gave us lots of tools in terms of how to generate ideas and meet people who could help you build them.”

Find out more about the awards here.

Launch of The UCL MBA - Global and Online

This September we welcomed our first cohort of talented students from across the globe onto our newest programme - The UCL MBA, global and online. We’ve partnered with 2U, the American technology company, to launch a unique classroom-based MBA that is delivered online, focussing on data analytics, innovation management and entrepreneurship to help inform critical business decisions.

We’re the first programme to offer live weekly sessions and have four intakes per year, making the programme the perfect flexible option for professionals looking to set themselves aside from the rest in the world of business. 

So far the programme has been a huge success and we have received fantastic feedback from our students, and are looking forward to welcoming our second cohort in January 2020.

Find out more about the programme here

Peking University Trip

This summer, The UCL School of Management welcomed students from our joint MBA with Peking University to London as part of the exciting programme.

The UCL MBA with Peking University brings two world-leading universities together in Beijing, the heart of one of the largest and most dynamic economies in the world, and the place where the MBA programme will be offered.

Students on the programme are offered the chance to come and study in London for a short period, and the School of Management organised lots of great events during their stay, like a Routemaster bus tour, to help the visitors to get to know the great city that is London. 

Interested in hearing more about the joint MBA, find out more here.


This year was very special for our UCL MBA with Peking University, as we celebrated the graduation of our first ever cohort.

Fourteen graduates have celebrated after completing the jointly delivered Beijing International MBA, with a number of them joining the UCL graduations which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in the centre of Beijing.

Professor Bert De Reyck, Director of UCL School of Management, said “We’re thrilled to be celebrating the graduation of our first cohort of students from our joint MBA programme with Peking University.

Our graduates will now take the benefits of this teaching approach around the world and into the workplace to excel and play their part in changing the world we live in.”

Berlin Information Management for Business Trek

This November, final year students from our BSc Information Management for Business programme went to Berlin for the 2019 IMB Trek, to meet with some of the world’s leading businesses that have decided to make Berlin their HQ. 

The trip was ram-packed with exciting company visits, presentations and panel discussions as well as a tour of the city. 

IMB student, Gordon Lee, said: “I was amazed by the enthusiasm of staff, not only on the trip but throughout the programme. They are extremely motivated in helping IMB students to be the best they can, and take a real interest in student’s wellbeing. A huge thanks to all the IMB staff who made this trip so remarkable.”

Read our blog to find out more.

There have been many other exciting things happening behind the scenes, which we hope to share with you soon.

We look forward to what 2020 will bring and seeing what our talented students and alumni go on to do next. Watch this space to find out more…

Last updated Friday, 20 December 2019