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Policy Update: an eventful summer sets the tone for the year ahead

It has been an eventful summer in terms of HE policy, as well as the sometimes very personal attacks launched by Lord Adonis. It is difficult to choose which will have the most impact, but clearly it is going to be another eventful year. First the good news. There again seems to be some momentum…

The Specialist Generalist

Dr Andrew Glanfield explores the concept of the Specilaist Generalist which is gaining traction amongst college and central professional services audiences at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He explains how the discipline-specific knowledge, team building and procurement expertise of…

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 students to read critically, think critically and write critically.

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 step towards better preparing them to ‘play the game’ and relate to employers in a confident responsible way…

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 Deputy Editor David Morris.

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 entering employment for the first time.

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 suggestions of bias and discrimination. The barriers to entry to the biggest employers can be more about the formal processes…

How can business schools create sustainable competitive advantage?

Mark CusIter provides some key themes as a reminder on how business schools can thrive in the increasingly complex, turbulent and competitive environment that they operate.

Interdisciplinary funding breakthrough for the York Management School: IKnowFood

Bob Doherty explains how the IKnowFood project takes an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach to develop a unifying understanding of ‘food system resilience’ through the integration of knowledge from both sciences and social sciences.

What makes an award winning business school?

Read about previous winners of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award which recognises outstanding overall performance in business schools both within universities and the private sector.

Master or apprentice?

Businesses paying the new Apprenticeships Levy can see that the best way to take advantage is by getting more experienced managers to take on apprenticeships themselves, re-directing budgets used for traditional training and development. But how can they overcome the entry-level associations of the…

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.

Are you engaged with your alumni?

How business schools can engage with alumni to get the best value from that engagement for both school and alumnus.

Valuing Professional Services Staff

Professor Julian Gould-Williams explores the four ways in which managers can reinforce a sense of value and appreciation amongst professional services staff.

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 simply lecture.

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 effective implementation?

Cross-year student-led teams: Playful team formation

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

Brexit from the view of EU business school students

Students from the Netherlands recently visited Alliance Manchester Business School - what do they think about the UK's decision to leave the EU?