Rob Gray of IMI Awards has received an MBA award for academic excellence from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Qualifications Development & Marketing manager, Rob Gray, was awarded the President's Shield for the Best MBA Student at a CMI event held by University College Suffolk on 9th September. This accolade is the icing on the cake for Rob, who has spent the past two years completing the MBA and CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership on a part-time basis, and achieved a distinction.
"Achieving an MBA with distinction is an exceptional achievement," says Carol Faiers, Senior Lecturer in the UCS School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise. "Rob has consistently achieved distinction grades in all of his taught modules, as well as his dissertation."
Although a late starter in higher education, Rob was keen to do an MBA after completing a degree in business management in 2009. As a member of the senior management committee for IMI Awards, the market leading awarding organisation for automotive qualifications and accreditations, Rob was encouraged to do the MBA by managing director, Alan Mackrill.
"In an ever-changing educational and political landscape, leaders with the skills to understand and implement change are a vital part of the IMI group," says Alan. "This award recognises the hard work and dedication that Rob applies to both his learning and his professional role within IMI Awards. I would like to extend my personal congratulations to him."
Originally from Ipswich, Rob completed his apprenticeship at Suffolk College when he was 21. He received the Student of the Year over four consecutive years. Now, some years later, it seems somewhat fitting that he be presented with the MBA award by the university - a stone's throw from the college where he first began his career.
"I'd like to extend my thanks to both the IMI for encouraging me to do the MBA, and all the staff at UCS for supporting me during my course and nominating me for this award" says Rob, who mentions he did not expect to win the shield. "I put a lot of effort into the course in my own time, so winning this award makes it all even more worthwhile."