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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.

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Be careful what you wish for? Impacting REF 2021 and beyond

In 2014, around the same time that the results of REF2014 were announced, David Knights and Caroline Clarke published in Organization Studies a paper exploring the ‘bittersweet…

The role of online learning in a post-pandemic business school

The acceleration of digital adoption in teaching and learning, during the pandemic, meant that often long-term strategic plans were abandoned. Now that a ‘new normal’ has…

Dynamic Conversations: Creativity and employability in the era of the ‘squiggly’ career

From our second edition of Dynamic Conversations: Creativity and Employability, Nicola Urquhart of Kent Business School discusses the benefits to students of adopting a creative…

Dynamic Conversations: Creativity and employability for Economists: a relationship in need of shaping?

From our second edition of Dynamic Conversations: Creativity and Employability, Dr Ian Smith of Bristol Business School considers the 'dark' side of creativity, and the various…

Dynamic Conversations: Using unfamiliar learning activities to encourage creativity

From our second edition of Dynamic Conversations: Creativity and Employability, Katherine Leopold CMBE and Dr Dawn Reilly CMBE of University of Greenwich Business School explore…

The challenges of making all welcome: three keys to organising inclusive business school events

What sort of experience do you have when you attend an event such as a committee meeting, seminar, or conference at your business school or externally? Sometimes one’s experience…

Academic Journal Guide 2024: a new evolution

The launch of the 2021 Academic Journal Guide marked the seventh iteration of the Guide, since its original development in 2007. Over that period the Guide has evolved…

The good, the nice and the ugly of the new IFATE Degree Apprenticeships policy

IFATE has recently published some new policy guidance, which sets, or possibly confirms, a brighter future and a clearer brand for Degree Apprenticeships in England. This follows a…

Injecting more fun into learning: the gamification of teaching methods

Many years ago, when I first implemented the use of flipped lectures (pre-recorded lectures available a week in advance of lessons to free up time in the classroom for more active…

Student voice: a powerful informer of business education transformation

The University of Edinburgh Business School was recently invited to contribute to a publication which examines how student feedback – including feedback derived through…

Preparing post-Covid graduates for remote and hybrid work

Beyond the technical content taught in business schools, our learning environment can also directly impact the sorts of capabilities that are developed over time (Akrivou and…

The Augar Review: business as usual for business schools?

When the Augar Review of post-18 education was ordered in February 2018, the world was a strikingly different place. Prime Minister Theresa May was concerned about the politics and…

Graduate outcomes and a spatial approach to decent work

Graduate outcomes are now a staple ingredient to measuring the performance of higher education in many countries globally (see the latest CABS analysis here). It can be entrenched…

The benefits of continuing professional development for business school academics

Reviewing, assessing, and promoting the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of fellow academics, is a productive and important responsibility of business school management…

‘Reinvention’ with international intent and a new learning model

At the start of this academic year, Teesside University Business School rebranded as Teesside University International Business School. There was no big announcement and no…

Herding cats and taming wolves? Lessons from 15 years of business school research leadership

Managing academics is commonly likened to ‘herding cats’ and self-motivated researchers are often described as ‘lone wolves’. At risk of stretching the analogy too far,…

Going Up: how business schools can support the government’s ‘Levelling Up’ agenda

Business schools already educate one in seven of all UK university students and are engaged with private, public and third sector organisations in research, skills development,…

Adapting co-creation to improve inclusion

In business schools, collaboration and co-creation in teaching, research and enterprise activity are now central to the vision for how business and management knowledge creates…

From passivity to partnership: how the student-university relationship has evolved in the era of the National Student Survey

For most, January is a time for confirmation of resolutions, establishing a new health regime or a time to recover from the excesses of the festive period, but for those working in…

Real life learning and assessment – creating an authentic experience

When I was in sixth form, many, many years ago I participated in the Young Enterprise scheme. We worked with a local business who produced manufactured steel tubes, the upshot of…