How business schools are helping to shape a post-pandemic recovery

The Chartered ABS Annual Conference brings together the Deans and leadership teams of UK business schools and senior representatives of government and industry. The conference is a valuable opportunity for participation in high-level discussion about the important issues facing the sector, and what it means to be a business school in the new social and economic environment.

Join colleagues from across the UK for high-level keynote sessions, interactive breakout discussions, and networking.

Join us in person this November. Early Bird and Group Discounts available.

Confirmed Speakers include:

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Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

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Byron Dixon OBE
Founder and CEO, Micro-Fresh®

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Harriet Green
Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific

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Rita Kakati-Shah
Founder and CEO, Uma

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Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin
Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, King’s College London

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Sir Geoff Palmer
Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

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Professor Mohammad Ali
Dean, School of Business and Law, University of East London

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Professor Catherine Cassell
Dean, Birmingham Business School

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Professor Sally Everett
Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School

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Leila Guerra
Vice Dean (Education), Imperial College Business School

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Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

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Professor Toni Hilton
Dean, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton

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Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

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Professor Robert MacIntosh
Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

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Dr Cathy Minett-Smith
Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England

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Professor Judith Petts CBE
Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; Climate Commissioner

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Jinx Prowse
Chief Executive Officer, Music Fusion

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Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University

Day One: Monday 8 November

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and refreshments

10:00 - 11:10

Keynote Panel Discussion: Nurturing prosperity across the UK: the contribution of business schools

In this opening session a high-level panel explores the unique contribution that business schools can make to UK business and society. Particular attention will be paid to what business schools are doing to upskill and reskill the UK workforce; to the creation of knowledge and research that influences business & government policymaking; and to how business schools are supporting regional and local communities. The panel will also consider what the government ambitions for the UK’s ‘skills system’ means for business schools and the higher education community more broadly.

Harriet Green, Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific

Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered AB

11:10 - 11:50

Break

11:50 - 13:00

Breakout Sessions

What skills and competencies do we need from our staff in the year ahead?

Exploring the sort of capabilities that are needed in business school teams (academic and professional services) now and in the future so that business schools can fulfil their vision and mission. As well as exploring the sorts of skills that are needed we will discuss what business schools can do (eg through CPD) to enable staff to develop critical skills and behaviours.

Janine Ellis, Head of School Operations, Alliance Manchester Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean of School of Business and Law, University of East London

Creating diverse and inclusive business schools

Exploring how business school can improve gender diversity; recruit more minority ethnic staff; and support underrepresented and disadvantaged staff into leadership positions.

Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Sally Everett, Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School

Higher education, further education, and the government’s ambitions for the skills system

Exploring the implications for business schools, and the HE sector as a whole, of the government’s ambitions to reform the FE sector. Particular attention will be paid to the impending introduction of the Lifelong Load Entitlement, the rollout of T Levels, and the evolution of apprenticeships.

Speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University

Co-created, personalised learning: The evolution of business & management education

Exploring the innovations in business & management education that have come about over the last 18 months, and how business schools can keep the best of these innovations whilst transitioning to a post-pandemic world.

Leila Guerra, Vice Dean (Education), Imperial College Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England

Boosting innovation and productivity across the UK

Exploring the role that can be played by business and management researchers, and the wider social sciences community and interdisciplinary collaborators, in driving improvements in productivity and innovation across the UK

Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham

Helping business school staff to engage with small businesses

Exploring the ways in which business school leaders can help their staff to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are needed to engage with SME’s. Discussion will draw on the recommendations of the SBC Report: A guide to how business schools can develop academic staff to engage with SMEs

Speakers to be announced

13:00 - 14:20

Lunch

14:20 - 15:30

Keynote Panel Discussion: UK business schools on the global stage: the changing nature of international higher education

Exploring how the international higher education landscape has evolved in since mid-2020; and the opportunities that exist for UK business schools to recruit students from new markets, develop partnerships and deliver innovative transnational education.

Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, King’s College London

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

15:30 - 16:10

Break

16:10 - 17:20

Breakout Sessions

Eighteenth Deans’ Meeting

This meeting is solely for Business School Deans from Chartered ABS member institutions. It is the eighteenth meeting that the Chartered ABS has run and it builds on the previous meetings that have taken place since April 2020.

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Supporting small businesses across the UK

Reviewing the impact on SME performance, resilience, and long-term growth of the Help to Grow: Management programme; and exploring the ongoing needs of small businesses and the ways in which business schools can support small business growth outside of the Help to Grow programme.

Chair: Professor Mark Hart, 50th Anniversary Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School; Member of the Expert Advisory Council, Help to Grow Management

Supporting life-long learning: a fundamental rethink for business & management educators?

This session builds on earlier discussions about the role of business schools in the UK’s ‘skills system’ and whether business schools need to adapt, partially or significantly, to deliver a wide spectrum of programmes to a wide variety of learners in an inclusive and accessible way.

Speakers to be announced

Driving change through collaboration: the practicalities of climate action and meeting net-zero targets

Exploring the ways in which business schools can work with parent universities, supply chains, local communities and business and other stakeholders to take practical climate action and move towards the goals of carbon neutrality.

Professor Matt Gitsham, Director, Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Hult International Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Supporting staff and student health and wellbeing

Exploring how the strategies by which business schools can support the wellbeing of staff and student need to evolve beyond what was delivered during the pandemic, and what wellbeing principles and policies need to look like if they are to be effective over the long term.

Speakers to be announced

International student recruitment: Immediate priorities and long term objectives

Exploring the wide variety of factors that are influencing international student flows, and provides participants with an opportunity to reflect on how to manage immediate priorities, and plan for long-term objectives around diversifying student markets and managing student travel in a carbon-conscious environment.

Speakers to be announced

19:00

Drinks Reception & Annual Conference Gala Dinner
Commencing with a Drinks Reception the Annual Conference Gala Dinner is a great opportunity for informal networking with fellow attendees.

17:20

End of Day One

Day Two: Tuesday 9 November

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and refreshments

9:30 - 10:40

Keynote Panel Discussion: Tackling inequalities and improving inclusion

Exploring the wide spectrum of inequalities that exist in business schools and in higher education & society more broadly; the extent to which Covid’s long-tail is re-shaping the nature of inequality and creating new challenges; and the practical action that can be taken at individual and institutional level to create organisations that are more culturally nuanced and diverse.

Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder and CEO, Uma

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Director, Business in the Community

Sir Geoff Palmer, Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Additional speaker to be announced

10:40 - 11:20

Break

11:20 - 12:30

Breakout Sessions

The skills and behaviours needed by business school leaders in 2021-22 and beyond

Exploring the behaviours, competencies and skills that Deans and leaders of UK business schools need in order to effectively manage business school teams; deliver strategy and work with stakeholders including the central university, staff unions and student groups.

Speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Dean, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton

Collaborating with small business to enhance student employability and nurture entrepreneurial graduates

Exploring how business schools are working with small businesses on placements, consultancy projects, internships and in other ways; and how these initiatives are benefitting students, business schools and employers.

Jinx Prowse, Chief Executive Officer, Music Fusion

Additional speakers to be announced

Supporting disadvantaged students and tackling award gaps

Exploring whether various approaches designed to close award gaps (eg mentoring, the creation of inclusive curricula, staff training) are having an impact, and what more can be done by business schools in this area.

Speakers to be announced

Collective impact: Driving change through responsible management education

In this session a panel representing educators, students, employers and other stakeholders will explore the practical ways in which different stakeholder groups can work together in order to make business education more responsible.

Speakers to be announced

Chair: Dr Alex Hope, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University

The evolution of journal guides and metrics

This session explores the responsible usage of journal rankings and metrics; and the future direction of the Academic Journal Guide.

Speakers to be announced

The recruitment landscape: securing talent in a competitive marketplace

This session builds on the earlier discussion about the skills and competencies that are needed within business schools. Particular attention will be paid to the practicalities of recruiting staff from the UK and overseas, and about the sorts of things that prospective staff are looking for from new employers.

Speakers to be announced

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

Keynote Panel Discussion: Driving environmental sustainability: business schools as collaborators and innovators

Exploring the role that business schools can play through their education, research and business engagement, and in collaboration with students, businesses, and the official sector, in achieving tangible progress on promoting greater environmental responsibility and developing environmentally friendly technologies.

Professor Judith Petts CBE. Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; Climate Commissioner

Additional speakers to be announced

15:00

Close of conference

Confirmed speakers include:

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Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Nic is Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. He has held a range of senior higher education leadership roles including Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is President of the British Academy of Management, a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of London Higher and the Chartered Management Institute Race Network.

His academic background is in business and management and his research focused on identity, diversity, change leadership and learning. His work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, EU, Nesta and industry partners and he was Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management.

Nic has worked extensively with industry and over the last decade has focused on change and innovation in creative industries and the health service. He also led the national academic input to the current Scottish cultural policy and is currently working on methods of impactful engagement between practice, policy and academia.

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Professor Sally Everett
Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School

Sally is Professor of Business Education and Vice Dean (Education) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Sally is the academic lead for inclusive education at King’s and is on the self-assessment team responsible for writing chapters relating to teaching and learning for their Race Equality Charter (renewal). King’s College London was one of the first institutions to secure the REC in 2015 (Bronze). Sally was previously the Deputy Dean for the Business School at Anglia Ruskin University (2013 – 2018) and institutional chair for inclusive learning. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2017) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013). Sally is the Equality Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows and is a member of the CAB’s Equality and Diversity Committee.

Before her role at ARU, Sally was the Head of Department for tourism and marketing at the University of Bedfordshire. Sally’s research interests include social and cultural tourism and inclusive curriculum. Recent publications include books and peer reviewed articles on food tourism, innovative methodologies, community resistance and inclusive teaching.

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Harriet Green
Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific

Harriet Green is currently Executive Chair and Founding Trustee for the impact start-up, Mission Beyond. Harriet is an Advisory Board Member for digital consultancy Red Badger, on the Advisory Council for King’s College London Business School and an Ambassador for Every Child Needs a Mentor. She is a global executive with extensive, multi-channel business leadership experience, having lived and worked on four continents, and provides business coaching globally.

Harriet Green is the former Chair & CEO, Asia Pacific at IBM. While in Singapore she also sat on the Singapore Economic Development Board for 2 years. She was CEO of both Thomas Cook Group plc and the leading high service technology distributor Premier Farnell plc.

Harriet was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to industry, named one of Fortune's most powerful women internationally in 2019 and recognised by LinkedIn as an Influencer and Top Voice in 2019 and 2020.

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Leila Guerra
Vice Dean (Education), Imperial College Business School

As Vice Dean (Education) at Imperial College Business School, Leila directs and oversees Imperial College Business School's Programme Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions teams, Programmes, EdTech and Careers services for over 3500 students. Her primary focus is attracting top students to Imperial College Business School’s cutting-edge programme portfolio, driving an outstanding student experience, developing further the Edtech Lab platforms and enabling success for our graduates. She is part of the Business School's Advisory and Management Board.

Leila has a wealth of experience in business education and programmes management. Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, she was Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Programmes at Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore, and Executive Director of Early Careers Programmes at the London Business School.

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Rita Kakati-Shah
Founder and CEO, Uma

Rita Kakati-Shah is the Founder and CEO of Uma, a strategic diversity and inclusion coaching, consultancy and training platform, that empowers confidence, leadership and resilience in women and minorities around the world. Rita is also a Distinguished Alumna of King’s College London, and has won many international awards in recognition of her work as a business leader, entrepreneur and pioneer in empowering women and girls, youth development and diversity and inclusion. Rita started her career at Goldman Sachs in London where she spent a decade before transitioning into the CNS clinical trials and drug development industry. She is also a frequent media contributor, author, and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, serving on multiple boards and committees around the world.

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Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on race in the UK. The Race at Work survey in 2015 with 24,457 responses and in 2018 with 24,310 responses provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter announced by the Prime Minister which now has more than 500 employer signatories.

In 2012 Sandra was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Black and Minority Ethnic People. In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity. Sandra published the Race at Work Black Voices Report in August 2020 and the Race at Work Charter 2020 report in October 2020.

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Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University

Dr Gurnam Singh is currently Assoc Professor of Equity of Attainment at Coventry University and much of his work focuses on the question of 'race', 'pedagogy' and higher education. Also, he is Hon Assoc Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education at the University of Arts, London and Visiting Prof of Social Work, Chester University. Before entering academia, he had a background in community activism and professional social work. In recognition of his work on critical pedagogy and equity in education, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) from the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2009. And in 2018 Dr Singh was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA). He is considered a world expert on social justice, social work and higher education and has published 4 books and 40 book chapters and peer-review journal articles and delivered numerous conference papers, many as keynotes.  He has worked as a consultant with several bodies, such as the HEFCE, UUK, OfS, HEA, LFHE, Advanced HE, WMPTP, NOUS and various universities.

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Sir Geoff Palmer
Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer was born in Jamaica. In 1955, he played cricket for London. Although a school in London classified him as Educationally Sub-Normal, he eventually gained BSc, PhD and DSc degrees at Leicester, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities respectively.  He is a Board Member of various community organisations and is the Freeman of Midlothian. He gained OBE and FIBD awards and was Knighted in 2014 for his contributions to science, human rights and charity. He gained a Jamaica CD award in 2020 and has a deep interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2021 Sir Geoff became Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.  Recently he gained a Lifetime Achievement award at the Pride of Scotland Awards.

Early Bird Discounts expire: Friday 17 September

Bring colleagues and save 25% on each additional ticket

Members - Early Bird Rates

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

  • Full conference with Dinner - £695
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  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £1,216 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £1,112 (save 25% on the second place)
  • For groups of 4 or more participants or for bespoke combinations of tickets please contact  pritika.pau@charteredabs.org

Non-Members - Early Bird Rates

Universities, public sector, commercial

  • Full conference with Dinner - £775
  • Full conference without Dinner - £715
  • Single day without Dinner - £449
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £1,356 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £1,251 (save 25% on the second place

Important: Non-member organisations are are allowed a maximum of two tickets. If you wish to bring more people to the conference please contact Oliver Lowe to discuss sponsorship opportunities oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org

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This years’ conference takes place at etc.venues, County Hall on London’s South Bank.

We will ensure that the necessary health & safety measures are in place. If you have any particular concerns then please contact Oliver Lowe.

In-person or virtual attendance

We are very much looking forward to hosting our first in-person conference since 2019 and will be working with the venue and participants to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Nonetheless, we recognise that some people might be unable (for various reasons) to attend an in-person conference in November. Therefore, we are exploring the ways in which we might make this a Hybrid Event that is meaningful and useful to all attendees.

If you are interested in attending virtually, or you are simply unsure about how you'd like to participate, please complete the Conference Attendance Research Form below.

The responses we receive will help inform our decision making. For further details please contact Oliver Lowe oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org or Pritika Pau pritika.pau@charteredabs.org

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What happens if Covid-19 restrictions prevent the conference from taking place as an in-person event?

If we are forced to cancel the in-person event on 8-9 November we will run a fully online conference on the same dates or as soon as is practicable. Registered participants will have the option of transferring their booking to the online event or receiving a full refund

What if I register and then want to cancel because I am uncomfortable about attending an in-person event or my institution discourages my participation?

If you register and decide that you cannot attend you can transfer your pass to a colleague free of charge. If you decide to cancel there may be a cancellation fee. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

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If I am not comfortable about attending in person can I participate virtually?

We are very much looking forward to hosting our first in-person conference since 2019 and will be working with the venue and participants to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Nonetheless, we recognise that some people might be unable (for various reasons) to attend an in-person conference in November. Therefore, we are exploring the ways in which we might make this a Hybrid Event that is meaningful and useful to all attendees.

If you are interested in attending virtually, or you are simply unsure about how you'd like to participate, please click here to complete the Conference Attendance Research Form.

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The CMBE gives business and management educators a recognised professional designation and a framework for continuous professional development. The scheme supports educators to further develop their teaching practice and/or leadership of learning & teaching activities, and helps to advance the quality of business and management education in higher education.

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