The Chartered ABS Annual Conference is the nexus between UK business schools, industry and government. Moreover, it is the occasion for deans, directors and senior leaders of UK business schools to reflect on common challenges, share best practice and explore new opportunities.

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:

Nicola Dandridge
Chief Executive, Office for Students

Rebecca Endean
Strategy Director, UK Research & Innovation

Sam Gyimah MP
Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Paula Nickolds
Managing Director, John Lewis

Andy Rubin
Chairman, Pentland Brands Limited

Shoshana Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise Mountain

Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, TEF Panel

Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

Professor Alan Manning
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP
Chair, Science & Technology Select Committee

Chi Onwurah MP
Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation

Day One: Monday 5 November

Pre-conference working groups (09:30 - 12:30)

i. The Dean’s Meeting

The third annual meeting of the deans of UK business schools. Discussions held under the Chatham House Rule. (Agenda Download)

  • Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean, Imperial College Business School
  • Professor Jill Johnes, Dean, University of Huddersfield Business School
  • Professor Kenneth Freeman, Dean Emeritus, Boston University Questrom School of Business
  • Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

ii. Everything you need to know about a small business Brexit

The Small Business Charter has assembled a panel of experts to help small businesses navigate the complexities and risks of Brexit. (Agenda DownloadThis session is free for small businesses. Click here to register.

  • Lord Young, Chairman, Young Associates and Patron, Small Business Charter
  • Richard Davies, SME Banking Director, TSB
  • Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston University Business School and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre
  • Emma Jones MBE, Founder, Enterprise Nation
  • Neil Warwick OBE, Partner, Square One Law and National Portfolio Chair for Brexit, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Chair: Michelle Ovens MBE, Director, peak b Ltd and Chair, Small Business Charter Management Board

iii. Promoting health and wellbeing among business school staff

This session explores the correlation between the health and wellbeing of staff and the success of the business school. (Agenda Download)

  • Dr Gail Kinman, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, University of Bedfordshire
  • Vida Douglas, Lecturer (Education) in Social Work, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London
  • Chair: Dr Sally Everett, Deputy Dean (Quality and Student Experience), Faculty of Business and Law, Anglia Ruskin University

iv. Informing and influencing government policymaking

Research conducted by UK business schools’ tackles important, real-world challenges. This roundtable discussion explores how management scholars can engage civil servants and politicians.(Agenda Download)

  • Professor Shamit Saggar CBE, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
  • Professor Ken McPhail, Vice Dean Social Responsibility, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester
  • Huw Morris, Director of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (SHELL), Welsh Government
  • Chris Webber, Head, Open Innovation Team, Cabinet Office
  • Chair: Professor Alistair Bruce, Associate Dean for Research. Nottingham Business School

v. Developing a global footprint: opportunities in TNE for UK business schools

Transnational education can take many forms and serve many ends. In this roundtable discussion business schools and stakeholders will discuss the latest developments in TNE and the opportunities and challenges for UK business schools.

  • John Bramwell, Acting Director of Education, British Council
  • Aisling Conboy, Higher Education Specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade
  • Chair: Chris Marshall, Associate Dean Recruitment, International and Partnerships, University of Bedfordshire, Business School

Conference plenary sessions (14:00 - 16:00)

Keynote Address: The OfS and the new regulatory environment
Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students

Keynote Address:
Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Keynote Address: Fit for the future?
Andy Rubin, Chairman, Pentland Brands Limited

Keynote Address: Values as a constant in a changing world
Paula Nickolds, Managing Director, John Lewis

Keynote Address: The secret to development is pride... and business
Shoshana Stewart
, Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise Mountain

Breakout sessions (16:20 - 17:20)

Gearing up for REF2021

Professor Robert BlackburnAssociate Dean, Research, Kingston Business School and Chair, UoA 17 sub-panel, REF2021
David SweeneyExecutive Chair, Research England
Chair: Professor Andy LockettDean, Warwick Business School 

Nurturing and supporting social enterprise

Muhammad AliBoard Member, Social Enterprise Mark CIC
Kelly DaviesFounder, Vi-Ability and Head of Community, More Than a Club
Charmian LoveCo-Founder and Chair, B Lab UK; Entrepreneur in Residence, Saïd Business School
Dr Neil StottCo-Director, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, Cambridge Judge Business School
Chair: Paula WhitehouseAssociate Dean for Enterprise, Aston Business School

The future of business education: interdisciplinary, business-focused and ethical

Saleem ArifChief Executive, ReviewSolicitor
Philippa Foster Back CBEDirector, Institute of Business Ethics
Caroline EnnisSenior Lecturer, University of Westminster and Digital Faculty Consultant, McGraw-Hill Education
Professor Colin Mayer CBEPeter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School
Charles WookeyChief Executive Officer, A Blueprint for Better Business
Chair: Gail BoagDean, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University

The international reach and impact of UK business schools

Scott AnderbergVice President, University Partnerships, Pearson
Professor Simon MercadoDirector, ESCP Europe Business School, London
Dr Joanna NewmanChief Executive & Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities
Professor Johan RoosChief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School

Leading and managing your faculty

Professor Martin KitchenerProfessor and former Dean, Cardiff Business School
Professor Tim StewartVice-Chancellor and CEO, BPP University
Professor Helen Woodruffe-BurtonDirector, Edge Hill University Business School
Donna WhiteheadPro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School
Chair: Professor Sue CoxDean Emeritus, Lancaster University Management School

Developing a skilled workforce: the opportunities and challenges of degree apprenticeships

Huw MorrisDirector of Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (SHELL), Welsh Government (subject to final confirmation)
Sir Gerry BerraganChief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships
Anne ThomasHead of Serco Education, Serco UK & Europe
Zoe CunninghamManaging Director, Softwire
Chair: Dharma KovvuriDean of Burnley Campus, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Day Two: Tuesday 6 November

Morning plenary sessions (09:30 - 11:30)

Keynote Address
Rebecca Endean, Strategy Director, UK Research & Innovation 

Keynote Panel: The contribution of business schools to the Industrial Strategy
Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President, Royal Academy of Engineering
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University
Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation
Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School
Moderator: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair, Chartered ABS

Keynote Address: What has the TEF done for us?
Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, TEF

Breakout sessions (12:00 - 13:00)

Continuing the journey towards subject-level TEF

Professor Julia ClarkePro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Chair, Business and Law Subject Panel, TEF Panel
Kirsten GreenhalghAssociate Professor in Accounting, Nottingham University Business School
Sam MeakinTeaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, Department for Education
Richard SmithTEF Subject Pilots Manager, Office for Students
Chair: Professor Jerry ForresterProfessor, Hertfordshire Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS

Boosting small business competitiveness and productivity: the role of business schools
Tony DankerChief Executive, Be the Business
David HolmesChief Executive and Co-Founder, FollowApp.Care
Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBEDirector, Business Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Dr Adam MarshallDirector General, British Chambers of Commerce
Chair: Siân ReesAssociate Dean Enterprise, Cardiff School of Management

Dealing with disruption
Sanjay AdvaniSenior Director, Intrepid Alliances, Intrepid by VitalSource
Alex FraserChief Executive, The London Institute of Banking & Finance
Professor Veronica Hope HaileyDean, School of Management and Vice President, Corporate and Government Engagement, University of Bath
Professor Zahir IraniDean, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, University of Bradford
Professor Kai PetersPro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University
Chair: Professor Angus LaingDean, Lancaster University Management School

Boosting innovation through research commercialisation and knowledge exchange

Professor Charles Baden-FullerCentenary Professor of Strategy, Cass Business School
Professor Nola Hewitt-DundasHead of School, Queen's University Management School
Tony RavenChief Executive Office, Cambridge Enterprise Limited
David SweeneyExecutive Chair, Research England
Chair: Professor Rick DelbridgeDean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Cardiff University

Delivering lifelong, flexible learning: the evolution of masters programmes

Professor John Colley, Pro Dean (Commercial), Warwick Business School
Professor Kevin KerriganPro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Devendra KodwaniExecutive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University
Professor Melvyn Peters, Director of Education, Cranfield School of Management
Dr Paolo TaticchiDirector Global Online MBA and Weekend MBA, Imperial College Business School
Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlinAcademic Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University

Building a sustainable future for international students in the UK

Professor Alan ManningProfessor of Economics, London School of Economics and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee
Dominic ScottChief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs
Dr Mohamed El-Ansari, LEARN prescient
Chair: Professor Zoe RadnorVice-President (Strategy & Planning), City, University of London

Afternoon plenary session (14:00 - 15:30)

Keynote Address: Supporting and promoting the integrity of research
Rt Hon. Norman Lamb MP, Chair, Science & Technology Select Committee

Keynote Address: The challenges facing HE
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

Question Time: Examining the reputation and credibility of our business schools
Professor Anand Anandalingam, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science, Robert H. Smith School of Business
Lynne Berry OBE, Visiting Professor, Cass Business School and Chair, Breast Cancer Now
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, formerly Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Wales
Chair: Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School

Confirmed speakers include:

Businesses & entrepreneurs

Zoe Cunningham
Managing Director, Softwire

Tony Danker
Chief Executive, Be the Business

Kelly Davies
Founder, Vi-Ability and Head of Community, More Than a Club

Adam Marshall
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Paula Nickolds
Managing Director, John Lewis

Andy Rubin
Chairman, Pentland Brands Limited

Shoshana Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise Mountain

Charles Wookey
Chief Executive Officer, A Blueprint for Better Business

Policymakers & influencers

Sir Gerry Berragan
Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships

Nicola Dandridge
Chief Executive, Office for Students

Rebecca Endean
Strategy Director, UK Research & Innovation

Professor Dame Ann Dowling
President, Royal Academy of Engineering

Sam Gyimah MP
Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, TEF Panel

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP
Chair, Science & Technology Select Committee

Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE
Director, Business Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Chi Onwurah MP
Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation

David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

Sir Ciarán Devane
Chief Executive, British Council

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

Business schools & universities

Professor Anand Anandalingam
Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Lynne Berry OBE
Visiting Professor, Cass Business School and Chair, Breast Cancer Now

Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean for Research, Kingston Business School and Chair, UoA 17 sub-panel, REF2021

Cathy Cassell

Professor Cathy Cassell
Dean, Birmingham Business School

Professor Julia Clarke
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Chair, Business and Law Subject Panel, TEF Panel

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Dean, School of Management and Vice President, Corporate and Government Engagement, University of Bath

Professor Zahir Irani
Executive Dean, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford

Dr Devendra Kodwani
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

Professor Wendy Loretto
Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School

Professor Julie Lydon OBE
Vice Chancellor, University of South Wales

Professor Alan Manning
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Professor Colin Mayer CBE
Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School

Professor Heather McLaughlin
Academic Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University

Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

Professor Tim Stewart
Vice-Chancellor and CEO, BPP University

Dr Paolo Taticchi
Director Global Online MBA and Weekend MBA, Imperial College Business School

Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton
Director, Edge Hill University Business School

Taking place on the evening of the first day the  Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner is an ideal opportunity for informal networking with fellow participants and invited guests.

We encourage all those attending the conference to join us for what is always a pleasant evening. If you have not yet registered and would like to attend please contact Oliver Lowe (oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org).

Dress code: Business attire.

Dinner Address: Britain in a changing world

We are delighted to welcome Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, British Council as this year's Dinner Speaker.

The Chartered ABS Annual Conference takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

The QEII Centre is located in the heart of central London and close to some of the city's most impressive attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the South Bank.

If you require accommodation, please find below hotel options that are within walking distance of the venue. Please note that participants are responsible for their own accommodation.

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The Royal Horseguards Hotel

2 Whitehall Ct, Westminster,

London SW1A 2EJ

11 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

 

This hotel offers 15% discount when booking online using the code:  8613440

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Amba Hotel Charing Cross

Strand, London WC2N 5HX

15 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

 

This hotel offers 15% discount when booking online using the code:  8613440

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Park Plaza Westminster

200 Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth,

London SE1 7UT

13 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

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Sofitel London St James

6 Waterloo Pl, St. James's, London SW1Y 4AN

12 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

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Premier Inn Waterloo

85 York Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7NJ

14 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

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Hub by Premier Inn Westminster, St James's Park

15 Dacre St, Westminster, London, SW1H 0DJ

4 minutes’ walk from QEII Centre

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

Chartered ABS Members

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

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £779
Single day without Gala Dinner  £439
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £719
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,359
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  £859
Single day without Gala Dinner  £539
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £799

Commercial organisations

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £939
Single day without Gala Dinner  £559
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £879

Speakers

Speakers qualify for a special discounted rate of £469 for the full conference and gala dinner.

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Conference Supporter: The Case Centre

The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method. A not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we advance the case method worldwide to inspire and transform business education across the globe. Access to the best management cases, articles, book chapters and instructor materials available worldwide is provided at www.thecasecentre.org, and includes facilities to search, preview and purchase for instant download. The Case Centre also offers many services to support the writing and teaching of cases including training, scholarships, awards and materials on the case method. The Case Centre’s distribution service allows authors to make their cases available to a global audience.

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ACADEM is a comprehensive web-based software solution for faculty and research data management. It allows institutions to manage all their accreditations and rankings in one place and produce the appropriate statistical reports, e.g. for AACSB, EQUIS, EPAS, and AMBA. ACADEM also provides modules to manage Syllabus, Assurance of Learning, and Faculty Workload. With our latest innovation, the PITCH ePortfolio module, institutions can certify all students’ learning goals and outcomes (transcripts, internships, diploma) within a digital passport. More than 80 business schools in 26 countries around the world work with ACADEM.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's conference please contact Oliver Lowe.

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools
Direct: +44 (0) 207 634 9581  Main: +44 (0) 207 236 7678
Email: oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org