CPD scheme for business and management educators – progress report

Progress towards developing a CPD scheme for business and management educators is going very well.

Following consultation with members in 2017, the Chartered ABS Council decided to proceed with the development of the Certified Management & Business Educator (CMBE). The scheme is being developed to support business school educators to develop their practice at the forefront of teaching practice and help to advance the quality of business and management education in higher education.

Intended benefits

For educators, the CMBE is being designed to provide recognition of their expertise and a commitment to developing their practice. The scheme will also provide a framework to support future career development through new Chartered ABS CPD provision in the areas of teaching practice, academic leadership, and scholarship of learning and teaching. It is our intention that relevant CPD undertaken with other providers and within institutions will also be accepted as evidence of CPD.

For business schools the CMBE will provide a CPD framework to support the advancement of the quality of teaching which complements existing provision where it exists. It will give business schools supporting evidence for TEF submissions and accreditation applications. The CMBE should also support teaching-track promotion and recruitment of faculty.

Progress made

In 2018 a Working Group was appointed to support the development of the scheme. Members of the Working Group are drawn from the full diversity of institutions within our membership and all have responsibilities for leading CPD within their business school or as part of the wider university.

The Working Group has been developing: the eligibility criteria for the scheme; the evidence-based model of CPD; the scheme’s standards; and the governance arrangements.

The Working Group has been fantastic and will complete the work next month. We are very grateful to the Working Group members for their hard work and expertise. They are:

  • Dr Paul Cashian, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University
  • Liz Gee, Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London
  • Louisa Hill, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds
  • Sarah Honeychurch, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Edgar Meyer, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
  • Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, University of Bedfordshire, Business School
  • Dr Keith Pond, Loughborough University
  • Dr Christine Rivers, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
  • Karen Robins, University of Hertfordshire Business School
  • Nicola Scull, The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Dr Adam Shore, Liverpool Business School, LJMU
  • Susan Smith, The University of Sussex Business School
  • Dr Graham Thomas, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Svetlana Warhurst, Essex Business School, University of Essex
  • Dr Liz Warren, Business School, University of Greenwich
  • Dr Toby Watson, Durham University Business School

Next steps

The Chartered ABS Council will review the scheme when it meets in March with a view to authorising its launch. If Council gives the scheme the go ahead we hope to launch it Learning, Teaching and Student Experience 2019, May 14-15.

We will be undertaking surveys on the development needs of business and management educators throughout winter and early Spring. This will inform the development of our workshops, development programmes and other CPD provision. We plan for our calendar of CPD activity to commence in the new academic year from September 2019.

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