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New signing for UEA

Mon, 19 Sep 2005

A key player at Norwich City Football Club has signed up to study Business Administration at the University of East Anglia.

Neil Doncaster, chief executive at Carrow Road, has set himself a new goal and enrolled on UEA's prestigious MBA course to expand his evident management skills.

He will be one of 20 new recruits arriving on campus on September 26 to kick off a two-year Masters in Business Administration degree. The course is now in its 13th successful year and has produced more than one thousand graduates.

"After four years as chief executive, I have a great deal of practical management experience but this course will help to improve my theoretical knowledge," he said.

"There is always more to be learnt and a well-respected institution such as UEA is the perfect place to broaden my understanding of modern management issues."

Neil, whose background is in the legal profession, said the flexible pattern of study on the course meant he could fit the MBA round his hectic Canaries schedule.

Prof Roy McLarty, director of the MBA course at UEA, said: "We are thrilled that Neil will be joining us. I'm sure he'll bring a great deal to the course but also take away a new perspective on modern management of a multi-million pound business."

The MBA is the most prestigious management qualification obtainable in the UK. The two-year, part-time course at UEA is taught in the evenings and at weekends. Comprising 12 units or modules, it begins with an exciting management game designed by academics at London Business School and concludes with a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic chosen by the student.

Previous graduates have gone on to secure significant promotion in their firms in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Others have been recruited by international firms or become highly successful entrepreneurs.