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6-7 November
International Convention Centre, Birmingham

The Chartered ABS Annual Conference brings together the deans and directors of UK business schools and senior figures from government and industry.

The UK has some of the best business schools in the world: The sector represents nearly 1 in 5 university students and contributes £3.25 billion to the UK economy, business schools play a key role in helping UK universities act as ‘anchor institutions’, contributing enormously to their regional economies and one-third of all international students studying in the UK are studying on a business and administration course.

We encourage all those holding senior positions in business & management education, or who collaborate with UK business schools, to join us for discussion, debate and networking.

Confirmed speakers include:


Professor Howard Thomas
LKCSB Distinguished Professor of Strategic Management, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University


Joseph A. Ripp
Executive Chairman, Time inc.


Andy Street CBE
West Midlands Mayor and formerly Managing Director, John Lewis Partnership


Professor Janet Beer
President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool


David Sweeney
Executive Chair Designate, Research England


Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Dean, University of Bath, School of Management


Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts
Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation


Dominic Scott OBE
Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs


Neil Carberry
Managing Director for People and Skills, Confederation of British Industry

This year's conference comes at a critical time and explores:

The ramifications of Brexit on UK business schools
Recruiting EU students and faculty, accessing Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ and the changing relationship between UK business schools and partners & collaborators in Europe.

The Higher Education & Research Act 2017 and the new policy ecosystem
The latest developments in the TEF, changes to the REF, the implications for business schools of the OfS and UKRI.

Industrial Strategy and business schools
The role of business schools in enabling and empowering the Industrial strategies

Innovations in learning & teaching
Preparing students for jobs that do not yet exist, understanding the learning characteristics of generation Z, taking advantage of new opportunities in vocational education.

The 'value-add' of management research
Opportunities for business & management scholars in interdisciplinary research and the role business schools play in turning invention into innovation.

Plus: If you are a dean or head of a UK business school then you will be entitled to attend the closed-door Deans Meeting. Attendance is restricted to heads of business schools and the free-flowing agenda allows for open and frank discussion about the complexities of leading and managing institutions in the current environment.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE

The Small Business Charter workshop focuses on 'Using digital technologies to support business engagement'.

Join us at this workshop to explore how digital technologies are becoming a regular part of business school practice and its impact on SME engagement.

The workshop runs on 6 November from 10:00 - 12:10.

Fee: £99 (includes lunch)

Further details and programme here

NB. To register you must select the 'SBC workshop' option under registration options on the Chartered ABS website

Chartered ABS Members

Not sure whether your institution is a member? Full list available here.

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £759
Single day without Gala Dinner  £429
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £699
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,329
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members (higher education, public sector and third sector)

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £829
Single day without Gala Dinner  £479
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £769

Commercial organisations

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £909
Single day without Gala Dinner  £529
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £849

Speakers qualify for a special discounted rate of £449 for the full conference and gala dinner.

View the Chartered ABS policy on cancellations, transfers and substitutions.


The 2017 Annual Conference takes place at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

The International Convention Centre
Broad Street
B1 2EA

Please follow the link here to see the closest hotels to the ICC. This page has the current rate available at individual hotels.

We will shortly be able to confirm preferential rates.

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Georgina Andrews
Professor Janet Beer
Professor John Board
Professor Frances Bowen
Professor Andrew Burke
Professor Neil Cardberry
Professor Fiona Devine
Professor Rosemary Deem
Irene Graham
Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Debra Leighton
David Levin
Professor Andy Lockett
Professor Wendy Loretto
Professor Alan Manning
Dr Angela Maxwell OBE
Professor Heather McGregor
Professor Steven McGuire
Professor Huw Morris
Dr Joanna Newman MBE
Professor Zoe Radnor
Vincenzo Raimo
Joe Ripp
John Roos
Dominic Scott
Gary Stewart
Andy Street CBE
David Sweeney
Professor Rebecca Taylor
Professor Howard Thomas
Mairi Watson
David Willetts

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Breakout Session Sponsors:


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Please note participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements, the Chartered ABS have arranged preferential rates at local city hotels.

Please follow the link here to view the five hotels that we have preferential rates with.

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre

Jurys Inn Birmingham

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street

Malmaison Birmingham

Hyatt Regency Birmingham

All of the above are highlighted on the map in pink.

PLEASE NOTE: The link shows the best possible rate available at this time, and will change. If you wish to take advantage of the rate that we have arranged then please select the 'Special events rate' in the rates section.

The programme at a glance

The Deans Meeting
The second annual roundtable meeting for business school deans. Discussions held under the Chatham House Rule.
Professor Howard Thomas, LKCSB Distinguished Professor of Strategic Management, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU
Chaired by: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

Using digital technologies to support business engagement
How business schools are using digital technology to engage with businesses and the community.
Professor Nigel Culkin, Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Development, University of Hertfordshire
Peter Hooley, Director of Business Development, Portsmouth Business School
Maria Kutar, Associate Dean Academic, Student Experience & Quality, Salford Business School
Chaired by: Professor Nigel Lockett, Associate Dean for Engagement and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University Management School 

Apprenticeships: new opportunities for business schools
Exploring the various aspects of degree-level apprenticeships including assessment, governance, new opportunities and the differences in the four nations.
Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
Professor Gillian Armstrong, Head of Department, Department of Accounting, Finance & Economics, Ulster University Business School
Stella McKnight, Director for Employer Partnerships, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer, Winchester Business School
Peter Millington, Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Policy Lead, Department for Education
Lisa Rowe, Director of Business Engagement & Partnerships, University of Chester Business School
Chaired by: Dr Keith Hurst, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), School of Social Sciences, Business & Law, Teesside University

International alumni engagement
How business schools can meaningfully engage with their graduates over the immediate and longer term.
Erin Hallett, Head of Alumni Relations, Imperial College Business School
Chris Marshall, President, Graduway North America
Chaired by: Professor Simon Mercado, UK Director, ESCP Europe Business School, London

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS
Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

Business school graduates: critical skills, qualities and behaviours
To be confirmed 

Workforce readiness and the role of artificial intelligence for business & management education
David Levin, President and Chief Executive Officer, McGraw-Hill Education

Breaking through the clutter: building and communicating your business school’s brand
Joe Ripp, Executive Chairman, Time Inc.

Managing and developing your faculty
How to get the best out of staff, the inclusion and diversity agenda, dealing with difficult staff and strategic workforce planning.

  • Kim Frost, University Secretary and Director of Human Resources, University of London
  • Christopher Hull, Head, School of Management and Social Science, St Mary's University Twickenham
  • Mark Richardson, Director, Roehampton Business School
  • Chair: Professor Frances Bowen, Dean, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Business and Management

Looking ahead to REF 2021
How Lord Stern’s proposals are likely to impact management scholars and the key issues facing institutions ahead of the next REF. 

  • Professor Rick Delbridge, Professor of Organisational Analysis, Cardiff Business School
  • David Sweeney, Executive Chair Designate, Research England
  • Vilcassim Naufel, Head of Department, London School of Economics, Department of Management
  • Chair: Professor Andy Lockett, Dean, Warwick Business School

Performing against the TEF’s ‘aspects of quality’
Exploring the TEF’s subject-level pilots and how business schools can perform against ‘Teaching quality, learning environment, students’ outcomes and learning gain’.

  • Michael Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, YourTutor
  • Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean - Student Engagement, University of Bedfordshire, Business School
  • Graeme Rosenberg, TEF Manager, HEFCE
  • Chair: Professor Georgina Andrews, Dean, Bath Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS LTSE Committee

The changing postgraduate market
The opportunities and challenges of new delivery models in postgraduate taught programmes, online learning and executive MBA.  

  • Professor Rosemary Deem, Vice Principal (Education) & Dean of Doctoral School, Royal Holloway, University of London, Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education
  • Professor Rebecca Taylor, Executive Dean, The Open University Business School
  • Professor David Spicer, Dean, Salford Business School
  • Chair: Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

How business schools can influence & shape government policy
How business schools can work together as a cohesive group to have a strong voice in Westminster.

  • Gordon McKenzie, Chief Executive, GuildHE
  • Huw Morris, Director, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, Welsh Government
  • Dr David Russell, Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby
  • Jonathan Shaw, Chief Executive, Policy Connect
  • Chair: Professor Steven McGuire, Head, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex

International student recruitment
The current state of student recruitment, identifying new markets for international students and the challenges posed by increased competition from other countries. 

  • Peter Lynch, Director, Hotcourses Group
  • Vincenzo Raimo, PVC Global Engagement, University of Reading and Chair, UCAS International Advisory Group
  • Dominic Scott, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs
  • Professor Jo Silvester, Deputy Dean, Cass Business School
  • Yinbo Yu, International Students' Officer, National Union of Students
  • Chair: Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School

A perspective on key political, social, economic and demographic issues facing UK business schools
Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation and formerly Minister for Universities and Science

Panel discussion: Enabling and empowering the Industrial Strategy: the role of business schools
Exploring the role of business schools in enhancing the UK’s productivity, innovation and competitiveness

  • Neil Carberry, Managing Director, People and Infrastructure, Confederation of British Industry
  • Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands and formerly Managing Director, John Lewis Partnership
  • Further speakers to be confirmed
  • Chair: Professor Fiona Devine, Head, Alliance Manchester Business School

Business school advisory boards and groups
The role and activities of advisory boards / groups and the ways in which business schools can get more from these bodies.

  • Dr Angela Maxwell OBE, Director, Acuwomen and member, Birmingham Business School Advisory Board
  • Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School
  • Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Dean, Glasgow School for Business & Society

The value-add of business and management research
A joint Chartered ABS-BAM Fellows panel explores the steps that can be taken to evidence and further develop the value-add from research conducted in business schools in the current UK policy context.

  • Professor Andrew Pettigrew, Emeritus Professor, Said Business School and Professor of Strategy and Organisation, School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck College, University of London.
  • Professor Ken Starkey, Professor of Management and Organisational Learning, Nottingham University Business School
  • Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

Educating the next generation of students for the next generation of jobs
Business schools need to develop courses that prepare students for a continually evolving job market. This session explores how business schools are externalising the curriculum, using fast-track degrees and other innovations.

  • Caroline Ennis, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Business School
  • Debra Leighton, Executive Dean, University of Bedfordshire, Business School
  • Gary Stewart, Director, Wayra UK and Entrepreneur in Residence, IE Business School
  • Chair: Professor Jerry Forrester, Professor, Hertfordshire Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS

Growing your executive education offering
Exploring the ways in which executive education can be marketed and delivered more effectively and innovatively to clients in the UK and internationally

  • Professor Stephen Bach, Dean King’s Business School
  • Professor John Board, Dean, Henley Business School
  • Louise Gulliver, Managing Director, Professional Development, Institute of Directors
  • Professor Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School
  • Chair: Dr Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School

Supporting entrepreneurialism across the UK
How business schools are developing collaborations with local business, incubators and start-ups. The group will consider new ways in which business schools can support entrepreneurial activity

  • Professor David J. Brooksbank, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) & Dean, Cardiff School of Management
  • Professor Mark Gilman, Professor of SME Growth & Development, Birmingham City Business School
  • Irene Graham, Chief Executive Officer, ScaleUP Institute
  • Donna Whitehead, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Bristol Business School
  • Chair: Professor Zoe Radnor, Dean, School of Business, University of Leicester

Developing a diversified global profile: new opportunities in transnational education
Exploring the opportunities for joint degrees, in-country PG education, staff student exchanges, distance learning and other forms of TNE activity.

  • Carolyn Campbell OBE, Senior Consultant, Observatory on Borderless Higher Education
  • Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International Affairs, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Chief Executive and Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Chair: Professor David Oglethorpe, Dean, Sheffield University Management School

Keynote Address: UK higher education: Connecting and communicating with the world
Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Panel discussion A changing relationship with Europe
The impact of Brexit on EU staff/student recruitment, on access to Horizon 2020 / Erasmus+ and on relationships with international partners in Europe and elsewhere.

  • Professor Andrew Burke, Dean, Trinity Business School
  • Professor Alan Manning, Chair, Migration Advisory Committee
  • Brenda McMahon, Global Head of Higher Education (Teaching & Students), British Council
  • Chair: Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean, University of Bath, School of Management

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For information about attending, speaking or sponsoring please contact

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools
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