Blog

Our blog features opinion*, analysis and case studies from across the business school sector, plus contributions from the Chartered ABS and external commentators. Each blog has a comments box on it so you can post your comments.

If you would like to submit a blog please contact Nicola on nicola.mcfadyen@charteredabs.org

*These are the views of the author(s) and are not necessarily the views of or endorsed by Chartered ABS.

Virtual exchanges are challenging the traditional paradigms of student mobility

Long before Covid-19 necessitated universities to adapt their education models and go online, Virtual Exchange (VE) existed. Through the pandemic, familiarity with relevant…

How to influence others and make your voice heard

Leadership is often focused on influencing followers; however we all have the ability to influence those who have as much or more power than we do. Based on over a decade of…

The evolution of the Academic Journal Guide: A personal perspective

Formative experiences matter. They remain with you. They shape your thinking. When, in 2010, I became Chair of what was then the Association of Business Schools, the dominant…

The REF: is there another way?

In March, staff in Chartered ABS member schools pressed the big red “submit” button for the Research Excellence Framework (REF). This national census allocates billions of…

The growing importance of developing teaching faculty

The journey we have all taken over recent years in the area of learning and teaching, has been extraordinary. None of us could ever have imagined just how much we would all learn…

The compelling case for embedding employability in the curriculum

The graduate skills gap, fast evolving global job market, labour market inequalities, political pressures and students’ priorities make a compelling case for embedding…

Value for Money or a Transformative Experience: What do students actually value about university?

Back in 2019, the Office for Students (OfS) launched their Value for Money Strategy 2019 - 2021. This shifted the focus even further towards protecting student’s consumer rights,…

The interactive Professional Development Matrix for Professional Managers

The Matrix Reloaded Business schools are at the heart of their institutions' post-Covid recovery plans. More than ever we need to ensure that our research, education and outreach…

Experiential learning and the perils of “new normals”

Three years ago, writing on these pages, I suggested that one of the greatest challenges facing academia in the near future would be to harness the power of the information age…

Strengthening a footprint in Europe in the post-Brexit era

International partnerships are increasingly important for business schools. - they improve institutional performance, create opportunities, extend reach, and enhance the experience…

The relevance and challenges of using journal guides to evaluate the quality of journals and papers

Wouldn’t it be great to have a clear single decisive list to determine and define what quality should be assigned or attributed to each specific academic journal? Simply, the…

After Covid-19 job losses, lifelong learning is vital

To help the nation recover from job losses caused by Covid-19, the Prime Minister has renewed his commitment to lifelong learning. The recently announced Lifetime Skills Guarantee…

Creative leadership coaching within creative MBA provision

The Executive MBA (Fashion) within the Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, launched in 2013, was designed for global management and entrepreneurial professionals…

The Business School of the Future

The business of business schools is changing. As society questions nationalism, colonialism, climate change, democracy and the devastating and unequal consequences of a global…

The Direction of UK Higher Education Policy in Uncertain Times, Chartered ABS Annual Conference 2020

Following the drastic changes in the higher education landscape as a result of COVID-19, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Professor Debra Humphris, Rt Hon Lord David Willets and…

“I want to break free”: How online breakout rooms have become a modern educational curse

You get in the car, start the engine, press down on the clutch and engage reverse gear. The routine is well established, deeply engrained in your brain and requires only a bare…

Decolonisation and the Digital Chatham House Rule in Online Business Education: Can we resolve the paradox?

Decolonisation is about balancing power structure and recognising multiple voices.  Recently, decolonising the curriculum particularly in business schools became a…

How to use PR to support student recruitment

Toby Roe argues that influencing student choice needs a targeted approach In November, a Chartered ABS survey of UK business school Deans revealed that 40 per cent expected their…

Internationalisation and inclusion in the age of COVID: You are our ‘VIP’

Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives in ways that none of us could have imagined. The impacts of the pandemic on the various aspects of our personal and…

Experience doesn’t always help: online teaching during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the pivot to online learning for many business schools. Teaching staff have had to adapt almost instantaneously, a challenging undertaking under…