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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 representatives of government and industry for discussion, debate and networking.

Register now and get the early bird rates.

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.

However, the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the Teaching Excellence Framework, a volatile international student market, the changes being made to the REF and greater competition from new and alternative providers are presenting many practical challenges.

Keynote Speakers confirmed to date 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.


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


David Sweeney
Director (Research and Knowledge Exchange), HEFCE


Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts
Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation


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

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

  • The contribution that business schools can make to the Government's Industrial Strategy
  • The implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on international student recruitment, staff recruitment and cross-border collaborations
  • Latest news on the Teaching Excellence Framework and a look ahead to subject-level TEF
  • Preparing for REF 2021 and the implications of Lord Stern's proposals
  • The role of business schools in the commercialisation of scientific research and the translation of invention into innovation
  • Leading and managing a business school: innovative strategies and approaches
  • The ways in which UK business schools can build distinctive identities in an increasingly competitive and globalised marketplace
  • How business and management education can be made relevant to 'Generation Z' and the evolution in teaching practice

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.

Full programme and speaker line-up available soon.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE

The conference programme is in development and will be released soon.

Chartered ABS Members

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

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £659
Single day without Gala Dinner - - Early Bird Discount  £369
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £599
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £1149
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 - Early Bird Discount  £729
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £419
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £669

Commercial organisations

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £809
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £469
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £749

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

Register Now: Early bird discounts expire on Friday 7th July 

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.

Speakers in 2016 included:

Dame Helen Alexander

Chair, UBM and Chancellor, University of Southampton

Professor Anand Anandalingam

former Dean, Imperial College Business School

Professor Georgina  Andrews

Head, Bath Business School

Professor Gillian Armstrong

Head of Department, Ulster University Business School

Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE

Chief Executive HEFCE

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership and Chancellor University of Birmingham

Professor Alistair Bruce

Dean, Nottingham University Business School

Professor Andrew Burke

Dean, Trinity Business School, University of Dublin

Neil Carberry

Director of Employment Skills and Public Services, Confederation of British Industry

Professor Jean Chen

Dean, International Business School, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Professor Julia Clarke

Dean, Faculty of Business and Law and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Simon Collinson

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

Noel Dennis

Associate Dean York St John Business School

Neil Doncaster

Chief Executive, Scottish Professional Football League

Professor Les Ebdon

Director, Fair Access to Higher Education

Professor Jerry Forrester

Hertfordshire Business School and Deputy Chair, Chartered ABS

Professor George Feiger

Dean Aston Business School

Professor Ellie Hamilton

Associate Dean, Lancaster University Management School

Richard Heald

Chief Executive, UK India Business Council

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey

Dean, School of Management, University of Bath

Professor Carol Howorth

Dean, University of Bradford, School of Management

Professor Rebecca Hughes

Head of Education British Council

Dr Keith Hurst

Associate Dean, Teesside University School of Social Sciences, Business & Law

Anne Kiem

Chief Executive Chartered Association of Business Schools

Debra Leighton

Executive Dean, University of Bedfordshire Business School

Professor Nigel Lockett

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University Management School

Iain Mansfield

Deputy Director, HE TEF and Quality Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Dr Adam Marshall

Acting Director-General British Chambers of Commerce

Paul Mason

Interim Director, Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Innovate UK

Professor Marie McHugh

Dean, Ulster University Business School

Stuart Miller

Chief Executive, ByBox Holdings and Chair, Small Business Charter

Professor Stephen J. Perkins

Professorial Research Fellow, London Metropolitan University

Professor Gioia Pescetto

Dean Portsmouth Business School

Daniel Shah

Assistant Director for Policy, UK Higher Education International Unit

Nick Starkey

Deputy Director, Science and Research (Strategy & Impact), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Mike Thompson

Director, Early Careers Barclays

Professor Colin Williams

Professor of Public Policy, Sheffield University Management School

Professor Baback Yazdani

Dean Nottingham Business School

Annual Conference 2016 - programme download

The programme for this year's conference is under development. Further details to be announced shortly.

For information on sponsorship opportunities at the this year's conference please contact Oliver Lowe

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools +44 (0) 207 634 9581

The Chartered ABS is grateful to the organisations that supported the 2016 conference 


Breakout Session SponsorPearson Higher Education UK

Pearson Higher Education UK works with educators and institutions to support learner needs and deliver measurable results, enabling students everywhere to fulfill their potential. We are transforming our content to be flexible and digital so that you can deliver learning in more impactful, accessible and personal ways. From digital learning tools and personalised resources to online and blended course development, we help you help your students be the best they can possibly be.

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Breakout Session Sponsor: McGraw-Hill Education

At McGraw-Hill Education, we believe that our contribution to unlocking that brighter future lies with the application of our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops. It exists where the science of learning meets the art of teaching. We believe that harnessing technology will enhance learning, both inside and outside of the classroom, and will deepen the connections between students and educators to empower greater success. By partnering with educators around the globe, McGraw-Hill Education’s learning engineers, content developers and pedagogical experts are developing increasingly open learning ecosystems that are proven to improve pass rates, elevate grades and deepen engagement for each individual learner while improving outcomes for all. Why? Because learning changes everything.


Breakout Session Sponsor: Chartered Management Institute

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager


Cocktail Reception Sponsor: VMock

VMock is a career development platform that combines the power of data science, machine learning and natural language processing to create personalized feedback for students and alumni.Leading business schools and universities globally have adopted VMock SMART Resume Platform and have seen noticeable improvements in the quality of students resumes prior to coach reviews and employer submissions. VMock works with careers centres across a range of business schools and programmes including full-time, part-time, executive and alumni


Gala Dinner Sponsor: Gecko Labs

Gecko Labs is committed to building simple and affordable solutions around the needs of our clients across the education sector and has taken the time to understand every aspect of the student journey, and its challenges. This knowledge is at the heart of every product we make, ensuring we’re solving real problems that provide real results for institutions. Gecko works with major Universities, Colleges & Business Schools across the globe to improve the way they work in a variety of activities: Student fairs, International recruitment, Open days, Professional networking & on-campus events, Marketing, DLHE, Alumni. And many more… But don’t take our word for it, check out our clients’ case studies (

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Conference Supporter: Agile.i

Agile.i (a division of Hobsons) is the world leader in international student recruitment and success; working with universities to transform and future-proof the way they market, acquire, engage, convert and retain students through data-driven decision-making processes. Agile.i also manages the International Student Survey, the world’s largest survey of pre-enrolled international students, providing essential insights in to the motivations, decision-making processes and communication preferences of students around the world. The ISS 2016 is available to download free at

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