Leadership lessons from bees: Craig Smith coming to speak at the University of Sunderland in London

On the 27th of April, co-author of “The Bee BookCraig Smith is making a visit to the University of Sunderland in London. He will deliver a session on how to lead in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) World. With rapid and shifting requirements from stakeholders, it is often unclear as to where we should look for inspiration and guidance.

“What can we learn about dealing with a VUCA world from an insect with only 1/10000th the neurons of a human being?” 

Craig Smith looks at the way honeybees deal with the challenges of the natural world and he draws interesting parallels that we can apply in our busy and sometimes chaotic working lives. This session will challenge many of the assumptions we have made about how we run our organisations. These assumptions date back to a time when the world was more predictable and stable than it is now. It will not be about entomology, it will be a session about real leadership lessons that we need to learn quickly if our organisations are to survive and thrive going forward.

It will be an opportunity for you to meet and interact with Craig Smith who is a leading Organisational Development consultant who has delivered sessions at universities including Newcastle University, Henley Business School, York St. John University, The University of Portsmouth, Durham University, Teesside University and Northumbria University. Craig also works with organisations such as PepsiCo, Babcock International, Tesco and Tommee Tippee. He is currently working with Flint Spark consulting, delivering innovative facilitation, training and consultancy services to organisations in the public and private sector helping them to lead and manage culture change more effectively. Craig is also with BigPicture Leaning, developing innovative and engaging communication toolkits built around colourful visual metaphors. These toolkits enable organisations to efficiently and innovatively communicate complex visions and strategies to their employees and stakeholders.

Craig has a passion for helping organisations and individuals to achieve their full potential. He believes that work should be engaging, stimulating and meaningful. He helps to create an environment where this is possible regardless the sector you operate in.

 Do not miss out – as it can be #Lifechanging!

Why University of Sunderland in London is right for you?

Choosing a University is possibly one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in your life. With so much to offer at the University of Sunderland in London here are some reasons why we believe this will be the right choice for you.

 Our location

Based in Canary Wharf, the heart of Europe’s most important financial centre, the University of Sunderland in London is easily accessible from anywhere in London.  With the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) on our doorstep, you won’t need to worry about those long commutes.


 Feel at home

Our University welcomes students from around the UK and all over the world – a mix of cultures and ages. Whether you’re a school leaver or a mature student, you will never feel out of place. Our strength comes from our diversity. We celebrate events such as Black History Month, Chinese New Year and Diwali to mention a few.

More than an education

We have an array of activities and services that we offer to students in addition to their academic classes. The University has a Careers, Employability and Enterprise service. We offer Sports, Health & Well being and student-led societies. You are provided with opportunities that allow you to develop skills, boost your confidence and enhance your experience.

 Flexible learning options

We offer courses that can help you in further forging your future. For example, if you want to study at degree level but don’t have the right qualifications, courses such as Business and Management (Extended) can provide an alternative route into Higher Education. For more information click here. We also offer undergradute‘Top-Up’ courses which will allow you to upgrade your HND or foundation degree to a Bachelor degree in one year of study. Or if you have a level 7 diploma you may be able to convert this to a full MBA in just a few months!

Our flexible start dates mean you can join us at a time that suits you. We have intakes in August and October January, April.

We try to ensure that your timetable is blocked into intensive number of days on site which can allow you to fit study around family commitments, continue your job or pick up a part time job while studying.



Some more reasons…

Highest league table climber in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017)

Ranked in global top 20 for lecture quality (International Student Barometer 2015)

London; Top 3 study destination in the world (QS Student Cities table 2017)

We’ll give you a life changing experience that will prepare you for the future!