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The Chartered Association of Business Schools provides news, comment and professional development activities for learning and teaching staff from lecturers to Directors. You can filter the content below by topic by using the filter tool above. You can also explore by other areas of interest such as research, leadership, professional services or executive education.

Making group projects work for both the students and the lecturer

Dr Adam Frost details the benefits and limitations he's found in using online tools to facilitate student group work.

Creating space for resistance in critical and creative thinking

Encouraging students to become reflective practitioners is difficult. Should we be providing space for them to voice their frustrations about the feedback process?

Developing students’ intercultural competencies through ‘Internationalisation at Home’ pedagogic practices

Having a mixed cohort isn't enough to bring out the benefits of intercultural competencies in students. Developing these skills requires a direct and coordinated approach from…

Workplace lessons for assessing group work

Is the way business educators think about groupwork assessment still fit for purpose?

Improving the feedback experience: Usefulness through verbalisation

Students are expressing dissatisfaction with feedback in higher education (Boud & Molloy, 2013). This can be seen in the results of the U.K. National Student Survey (NSS) in…

Getting Personal – grading self-reflection

Track the student reflection journey to engagement in meaningful, specific, and personal feedback.

Analysis of Postgraduate Qualifications in Business & Administrative Studies

This first-of-a-kind report provides detailed insights into postgraduate provision within the fields of Business and Management, and reveals significant changes at both subject and…

How to create ‘happy’ international students

How can we make sure our degree programmes bring out the full potential of our international students?

Unlocking the padlock – using an Escape Room to teach Business students

Dr Emma Thirkell a novel yet impactful initiative to merge study of HR and hands-on assessment.

Developing graduates to be work ready and resilient future leaders – a case study

How can the character, skills, and knowledge needed to make graduates "work-ready" be incorporated into your curriculum?

Push Me, Pull You: Personalising the Learning Experience in Higher Education

A case study in putting students' individual needs at the heart of the learning process.

The spiral of the feedback loop

For the last three years we have adopted a new feedback practice to one of the two summative assessments of a level 5 core module of the BSc Economics programme at our institution.…

Rubrics as a guide to student writing and staff grading

How can stress be taken out of assessment without compromising academic standards?

Get Your Thinking Caps On: Using Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats in Formative Peer Assessment & Feedback

Find out more about this creative, colour-coded pedagogical technique, first presented at LTSE 2019.

Digital exams in business school education: Experiences from Kozminski University, Poland

Find out how a European business school changed their exam delivery through a digital partnership

Great start to the CMBE

There are already CMBEs in nearly half of the UK’s business schools.

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Law

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Law The results from the 2019 National Student Survey were released to the general public on 3 July 2019.…

What Makes a Duck a Duck? A playful Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

One of our teams of 2018 Chartered ABS Scholars shares an update on their insightful - and playful - work to promote EDI.

The difficulties of digitising delivery

If digitisation presents such a wealth of opportunities, why are business schools finding it so difficult to adapt?

Five questions to ask about online learning

Technology is increasingly common in business school learning and teaching, but how can you ensure you're realising it's full potential?

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Business & Management studies

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Business & Management studies The results from the 2019 National Student Survey were released to the…

Writing cases – what’s involved?

The Case Centre provides some helpful advice for writing engaging business cases for the classroom.

Sources of funding for Learning & Teaching research projects

This resource has been compiled by the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee to provide guidance for those looking for sources of funding for learning…

Nominations to join the CMBE Professional Standards Board

The Chartered ABS invites applications to join the inaugural Professional Standards Board of the Certified Management & Business Educator scheme. The CMBE Professional…

2019 Independent Review of the TEF – our response

We believe that the core metrics of the TEF are not currently appropriate for assessing teaching quality in business schools.

Our analysis of business student enrolments: HESA 2017/18 data under the spotlight

Student enrolment in business courses continues to grow, but is still below its peak in 2011/12. There are, however, several positive trends.

Independent Review of TEF 2019 – members’ views sought

Independent Review of TEF 2019 - members' views sought The Chartered ABS will be responding to the independent review of the Teaching Excellence…

CPD scheme for business and management educators – progress report

Progress towards developing a CPD scheme for business and management educators continues at an excellent pace.

Call for nominations: Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience Committee

Call for nominations: Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching, and Student Experience Committee The Chartered Association of Business Schools is calling…

Learning and “leanness” in the information age

Learning and “leanness” in the information age I delivered my first lecture in 1979. Aged 27, I was beset with a mixture of genuine passion for the topic and unbridled dread…

Developing students’ soft skills through business competitions

Developing students’ soft skills through business competitions One consequence of a ‘monetised’ higher education system is that students expect value for money and a…

LinkedIn: Maximising the relationship between business schools and their final year students

LinkedIn: Maximising the relationship between business schools and their final year students In an environment where prospective students’ decisions about their education are…

Join our Working Group to develop CPD scheme for teaching staff

We are inviting nominations to join a Working Group supporting the development of a CPD scheme for business school teaching staff.

The Chartered ABS responds to inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training

The Chartered ABS responds to inquiry into the quality of apprenticeships and skills training The Chartered ABS has responded to the Education Committee’s inquiry into the…

Greening accounting and finance curricula

All these challenges represent great pressure to encourage us to think about the process of greening accounting and finance curricula.

How the MBA can be saved by small firms and apprenticeships

Professor Zahir Irani, Executive Dean, University of Bradford explains how a reinvented form of the MBA may well hold the key to its survival.

Ofqual consultation: Chartered ABS responds

Read the full response to the proposed guidance on the regulation of end-point assessments.

Degree Apprenticeships: The view from our members

An analysis on the current and planned provision of degree apprenticeships within the sector. 

Subject-Level TEF Consultation: Chartered ABS responds

The Chartered ABS has published its response to the subject-level TEF consultation. We recognise that subject-level TEF has the potential to generate valuable data that could be…

External Resources on Degree Apprenticeships

A list of useful publications and websites to support members in the delivery of Degree Apprenticeships.

Equality. Diversity. Invisibility? Diversity in the Business School Curriculum

If we looked for visible signs of commitment to diversity in the content of business and management school degrees on your website, would it be easily found?

Revisiting the One-Minute Paper in the Digital Age

Can a Digital One Minute Paper help support teaching, especially in large multi-national classes?

Chartered ABS responds to first ever measure of vocational degrees

We have asked that HEFCE reconsiders both the purpose of the OSCR and the methodology it is derived from.

Supporting non-traditional students into employment

Reflecting on recent blog posts on this website it is clear that one of the fundamental roles of business schools is to ensure our graduates transition successfully into meaningful…

Why business schools should be aware of how the media genders women leaders and managers

How can business schools help prevent gender stereotypes hindering the progress of the future business leaders they teach?

‘Letting go’ to embrace the flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is now synonymous in discussions and presentations concerning new ways of teaching. It struck me that the presentations we deliver focus on the practical, on…

E-learning for Teaching Accountancy: Turning theory into practice

Just over a year ago I wrote a similar thought piece stating that it was imperative universities ensure undergraduate and post graduate accountancy students have strong IT skills…

Edge Hill University Business School launches a Professional Doctorate in Emergency Services Management

Edge Hill University Business School proudly launched its new Professional Doctorate in Emergency Services Management  programme in July 2017 at an event attended by senior…

PRME and Oxford Brookes University writing competition 2017/18

The second annual responsible business and management writing competition  The UKI PRME Regional Chapter and Oxford Brookes University seek through this competition to promote…

The Role of Graduate Employability in Economic Productivity in the UK

Homogenisation vs. Innovation in employability A range of graduate employability interventions exist across the UK Higher Education (HE) sector, involving experiential learning,…

How learning technology can help you support and steer your students

Advances in technology have wrought many changes to education - and especially higher education - over the past two decades, with the internet blasting access to information far…

National Student Survey 2017: Business and administrative studies results

Our analysis of the results of the 2017 National Student Survey.

Cross-Continental ‘Bridges’ Form Connections Between Business and the Business School Classroom

Seasoned business professionals are sought after for their insight on the past, present, and future. From their strong grasp of business fundamentals to their extensive leadership…

Reading? It’s still critical

Pearson is conducting research with Swansea University and University of Sheffield to understand the impact of providing core learning content in new ways, motivating and engaging…

Learning to play the game: delivering a Live Project to 800 First Year Business students

Find out more about Live Projects at the University of Bedfordshire Business School and how getting students involved in such campaigns has been a huge success. It has also been a…

Reflections on ‘the incredible machine – what next for TEF’, a WonkHE conference

Martin Pearson, Research Manager at Chartered ABS reports on the recent Wonkhe conference on the TEF, focusing on the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data presented by WonkHE…

What LEO tells us about our business school graduates

Employability of business undergraduates is above the average for university graduates and a business degree comes with a higher than average earning potential for a graduate…

How we can open more doors for all students?

Professor Irani argues that business schools have an essential role to play in helping employers get to a stage where diversity is no longer such a thorny problem, tainted by…

The changing nature of work

How can academics prepare students for a different world of work, with different career journeys? Jane Partridge argues that an active blended learning approach is required.

Call for papers: International student sojourner

Editors of the International Journal of Management Education (IJME) Special Issue, which explores the reasons influencing a student’s decision to engage in university level study…

Doors are for people with no imagination!

What can we do to foster employability and to develop the creative skills that are currently in decline and how can we assess students in ways that test this?

Are business lecturers now part of the ‘edutainment’ business?

According to Professor Irani, in terms of day-to-day practice the pull towards vocational education means the pressure is on for academics to be more like facilitators rather than…

The Future You: Preparing final year students to transition to employment

Find out how Bedfordshire Business School's innovative unit entitled ‘The Future You’ helps students become effective practitioners in the workplace.

The application of flipped instructional model and team-based learning in Asian classrooms

Do the flipped instructional model and team-based learning (TBL) approaches make sense in the Asian classroom setting? Are there cultural factors that need to be addressed for its…

Cross-year student-led teams: Playful team formation

Dr Alexander Kofinas explores the benefits of cross-year business projects on student learning and experience.

Tackling Business Entrepreneurship – From a business student to a modern day entrepreneur

Kate Pascoe on the changes in the approach to teaching Business Entrepreneurship as students become more engaged in the entrepreneurial process.

The role of alternative providers in Higher Education

Hema Tank explains why LIBF are living proof that alternative providers can offer high quality education and a valuable student experience.

Our students need to understand that haste can make waste

Martin Binks argues that business schools have a duty to train would-be leaders not to act in haste – to appreciate that, though it can be useful and is frequently hailed as a…

New members join the LTSE Committee

Find out the latest on the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee.

‘Teaching’ Leadership

Hugh Davenport on the crucial distinction between leadership and management.

Modern-day leadership demands creativity

Professor Martin Binks explores the rapidly changing face of leadership and explains why teaching it is not just about getting people through their exams.

The University of Utopia, Ltd.

Mark Gatenby on why 'disciplinarity' has reached its limit and how to encourage a culture of 'post-disciplinarity' in business schools and universities instead.

Author Guidelines for ‘Perspectives On’

The ‘Perspectives On’ series has been developed as an online resource to promote dissemination and discussion of contemporary learning, teaching and student experience issues…

Highlights from our Annual Conference 2016

Over the two days at our Annual Conference, delegates engaged in discussions on the impact of Brexit on business schools, the technicalities of the TEF and much more.

A short-term route to long-term failure

Professor Martin Binks on how business schools should adapt their, often, short-term approach in order to improve "learning velocity" and the student experience as well equip…

Beyond the classroom walls: The role of online learning

“Will online learning replace the role of good faculty?” and “Isn’t online learning poor quality by its nature because it replaces a highly interactive classroom experience…

National Student Survey 2016: Results for business and administrative studies

The NSS results for 2016 showed that courses in business and administrative studies are highly regarded by the student body. We have provided a table of the results for business…

E-learning for teaching Accountancy – universities need to embrace or face being obsolete!

Paul Caulfield on the importance of computer literacy and the integration of relevant software in accountancy courses.

Leading the Way in Personalisation and Experiential Learning

Dean of Nottingham Business School on student personalisation.

Response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation. You can download our response here. We…

Designing online courses: what do learners value?

A review of learners' preferences and expectations of online courses.

In favour of a gamified, narrative-based assessment regime 

Dr. Alexander Kofinas explores how educational gamification and the narrative approach to assessment, results in a successful learning experience.

The proposed TEF: Destinations as a measure of teaching quality?

Harriet Richmond looks at the appropriateness of key metrics that will underpin the assessment of teaching quality under the proposed TEF.

Degree apprenticeships within universities and the role of business schools

What intellectual role can business schools play in making degree apprenticeships work for students, employers and the country?

Business school leaders must do more to support sustainability champions

Research findings have shown that business school leaders could do more to support their staff to fully integrate sustainability into the curriculum and culture of their…

Teaching Entrepreneurship “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Nigel Adams explains how Buckingham Business School encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Rules and Values: Expectations for a Business Ethics Course

Dr Suzy Jagger explores the impact of rules-based and values-based pedagogic approaches to business ethics.

Blended Learning: Embedding Technology in the Classroom

Dr. Michael Reynolds looks at how technology can be best used in the classroom.

A deeper personalised learning experience: blending technology and a face-to-face approach

The power that today’s technology brings is creating a new wave of possibilities and opening many avenues for improving the student experience and making it more personalised.

Style and Substance: how second language affects academic attainment

Dr. Sue Daley-Yates argues that international students can be better supported if universities offer an organised proofreading service.

Our students need “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Martin Binks reflects on the importance of experience as a focus in the business curriculum.

Business school dean on diversity drive

Diversity on campus is about ‘inclusion’ not 'numbers of people’.

Smoke, Suspense, and Scheherazade – Using Theatrical Devices to Engage the Student

Dr. Rob Baker on using theatrical devices to engage students and the impact of performance based teaching on student motivation.

Perspectives on: When leadership aligns with learning and teaching

A guest blog from Paul Gentle, the Leadership Foundation...

Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to BIS as part of the consultation process on the Government's Higher Education Green Paper -…

Fresh ideas for businesses as students rise to the Thinkubator Challenge

Up to 400 staff and students from Nottingham Business School (NBS), Nottingham Trent University, pulled together to solve 40 real business problems at its Thinkubator Challenge…

Innovation: it’s time to practise what we preach

Martin Binks reflects on his five-year stint as Dean of Nottingham University Business School and what business schools can do to keep up with changing times.

National Award for University Entrepreneurship

The University of Leeds has won The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship.

TEF accepted in principle but will it work?

200 business school leaders discussed the Government's proposals at the Chartered Association of Business Schools' annual conference, in Manchester.

Higher education Green Paper – response from the Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools, the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector, has provided an initial response to the Higher education green…

The business of international marketing – using data and insights to improve student recruitment

With a backdrop of concern about immigration and Theresa May’s recent hard hitting party conference speech Jamie Laird, Head of Market Intelligence at Hobsons examines how…

Developing leadership potential in undergraduates

Business Schools have a duty to create robust and effective leadership programmes at the undergraduate level, as demonstrated by the LaunchPad programme.

National Student Survey 2015: Table of results for business and administrative studies

The Chartered ABS spreadsheet ranks the results of the recent National Student Survey.

New professional qualifications for Marketing students

Hull University Business School has joined forces with CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM…

Call for thought pieces: How business schools can help to solve the UK productivity puzzle

The Chartered ABS is looking to contribute more to the productivity debate with thought pieces from academics within our member business schools.

New degree apprenticeship in professional management given green light by the UK Government

A new degree-level apprenticeship in management developed by a group of 40 employers and universities, headed by Serco, has been given the green light today by the Department of…

Top executives complete inaugural UK Bridge Programme

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted to announce that the first participants have successfully completed the…

Nottingham Business School expands Alumni Scheme to personalise learning for Executives of the future

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is expanding its Alumni Fellowship Scheme and inviting new members after a successful pilot year.

London College of Fashion, UAL Students receive CMI award

Six students from the Fashion Business School will be presented with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) London and South East Regional Boards Award.

The challenge to international recruitment continues

Marie Clark from Hobsons provides some insights into the latest government proposals for international students.

Teaching Excellence Framework and the Emergency Budget: Business schools respond

Members of the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience (LTSE) Committee have provided commentary to proposals for the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Communicator-in-chief: the key trait for entrepreneurs building businesses

Michael Hayman MBE and Nick Giles offer a unique perspective on leadership and entrepreneurism.

Do business schools really understand what employers want from their graduates?

What do employers really want from business school graduates? Professor Zahir Irani of Brunel Business School examines current trends in this exclusive blog piece.

Throwing rocks from inside the hot house

Chris Mabey from Middlesex Business School calls on business schools to be active and conscience stakeholders in society.

New arrival at the University of Derby

Dr David Russell has been appointed as the new Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby.

Feeling the pressure: The neuroscience of learning to lead

Academics from Ashridge Business School present findings which reveal that experiential learning, mimic the stress of leadership and better prepare managers for similar situations…

Is it time to move the employability debate on?

The employability of graduates has been a concern across the sector, and a subject of much debate, for a number of years. This piece looks at how work around employability can be…

Student employability and business collaboration

Mike Cherry of FSB provides some analysis on employability.

New degree-level apprenticeship scheme for professional managers

27 March 2015 Proposals to develop a new degree-level apprenticeship in Chartered Management, which will boost the number of professional managers and drive up business performance…

Join top execs on the ABS & AACSB Bridge Programme

Places are filling up for the 2015 Bridge Programme – an intensive course designed to support the development of business school teaching staff who come from business executive…

Professional Development

Certified Management & Business Educator scheme to launch

Our certificated CPD scheme has been given the green light for launch later this year.

Events

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity using Lego (R) Serious Play (R) – Workshop 3

10 Jan 20 - 10 Jan 20

Event venue: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS

A team of 2018 Chartered ABS Scholars are pleased to present this opportunity to experiment with teaching contentious subjects using Lego (R) Serious Play (R).

Research Conference and Exhibition 2020

18 Mar 20 - 18 Mar 20

Event venue: De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre

The Annual Research Conference & Exhibition (18 March, Nottingham) brings together directors of research, management scholars and knowledge exchange professionals.

Learning, Teaching & Student Experience 2020

12 May 20 - 13 May 20

Event venue: ICC, Belfast

The UK's leading gathering of business and management educators.

LTSE 2020 Submissions Portal

12 May 20 - 13 May 20

Event venue: ICC, Belfast

Presenting at LTSE is a great way to receive constructive feedback about current research, develop knowledge and ideas, help to build one’s personal network, refine teaching and…

Publications

Perspectives On: Authentic learning with large student groups

Author: Dr Kate Black, Associate Professor and Director of Learning & Teaching, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University This…

Analysis of Postgraduate Qualifications in Business & Administrative Studies

Our first of a kind report provides detailed insights into postgraduate provision within the fields of Business and Management.

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Law

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Law The results from the 2019 National Student Survey were released to the general public on 3 July 2019.…

National Student Survey 2019: Results for Business & Management studies

Our analysis of the results of the 2019 National Student Survey.

Independent Review of the TEF – Chartered ABS Response

Read and download our response to the Independent Review of Subject-Level TEF

Degree Apprenticeships Resources and Guidance for Business Schools

Degree Apprenticeships Resources and Guidance for Business Schools These resources are intended to illuminate and illustrate best practice for…

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey: Our analysis

This report focuses on the results for graduates in Business & Administrative studies from the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

National Student Survey 2018: Results for Business & Management studies

Our analysis of the results of the 2018 National Student Survey.

Perspectives On: Dual Degrees

Dr Anders Wappling, Newcastle Business School examines the challenges and opportunities of dual degrees for business schools.

The Impact of Executive Education report

We are pleased to publish our report on ‘The Impact of Executive Education: A Review of Current Practice & Trends’. The report explores how the outcomes of UK business…

Response to Skills Commission Apprenticeships & Social Mobility Inquiry

On the 23rd of August, Chartered ABS carried out a survey measuring how reforms to the apprenticeship system are affecting social mobility amongst disadvantaged young people. This…

National Student Survey 2017: Business and administrative studies results

Our analysis of the results of the 2017 National Student Survey.

Perspectives On: Sessional Staff

How can business schools support sessional staff to realise their full potential and, in turn, improve the student experience?

Response to the NewDLHE consultation

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our response to HEFCE's consultation on the NewDLHE

Draft strategic guidance to the Institute for Apprenticeships: Chartered ABS response

Our response to the Governement's Draft strategic guidance for Institute for Apprenticeships consultation.

Perspectives On: International Student Mobility

Dr Monika Foster explores the benefits of international student mobility on the overall student experience.

National Student Survey 2016: Results for business and administrative studies

NSS results for 2016 showed that courses in business and administrative studies are highly regarded by the student body.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey consultation: Chartered ABS response

Our response to HESA's consultation on changes to the DLHE survey

Funding to support teaching in Higher Education Consultation: Chartered ABS response

Chartered ABS response to the consultation on teaching funding to support widening access and successful student outcomes.

Response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation. We recorded the support of members in…

Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to BIS as part of the consultation process on the Government's Higher Education Green Paper -…

National Student Survey 2015: Table of results

The Chartered ABS provides a spreadsheet which ranks the survey results of students studying business and management at 130 institutions.

Perspectives On: Employability

Dr Paul Cashian, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, Coventry University with Prof. Julia Clarke, Pro-Dean for Student Education, Leeds University Business School; and Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School

Is it time to move the employability debate on?

21st Century Leaders: Building Practice into the Curriculum to Boost Employability

This joint report with the Chartered Management Institute and Quality Assurance Agency highlights the gap in the collaboration between employers and business schools. It suggests…

Perspectives On: Anonymous Marking – For or Against?

This instalment provides a series of brief ‘perspectives’ on challenging learning and teaching issues authored by members of the Association of Business Schools' Learning,…