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"I am delighted to say how much I enjoyed PMAC 2017. Great variety of sessions
- I would liked to have attended all of them!"
Marcia Baldry-Bryan, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Professional Managers' Annual Conference 2018

10-11 December, Oxford Brookes Business School

Register by Friday 21 September to secure Early Bird Discounts 

Business schools are an important and distinctive part of our universities and they create unique opportunities and challenges for professional services teams. Business school professional managers are adept at rising to the challenge and are delivering a plethora of high-quality, high-impact activities and projects.

The Professional Managers Annual Conference (PMAC) offers professional services staff working within, and for, business schools the opportunity to reflect on common challenges, share best practice and develop new networks.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: 

David Taylor
Founder, The Naked Leader

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London.

Interested in presenting at PMAC 2018?

If you are doing something of which you are particular proud and which demonstrates how professional services add value to a business school then you should consider submitting a presentation proposal for this year's conference.

To find out more about the benefits of presenting, visit the PMAC 2018 Submission Portal 

Want to get a sense of what will be on offer? A selection of the presentations & posters from last year's conference are available to download

Presentations

UK business schools in an uncertain international landscape
Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Developing international partnerships
Arif Zaman, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Enterprise, London School of Business and Management

Back to basics: Developing a compelling alumni relations strategy
Jayne Murphy, Alumni Relations Manager, University of Liverpool Management School
Laura Hill, Alumni Relations Officer, University of Liverpool Management School

A business school with purpose?
Adam Mitchell, Marketing Manager, Lancaster University Management School

Continuous improvement through accreditation
Dr Bethan Jones-Davies, Service Quality Manager, University of Liverpool Management School
Michelle Stevenson, Enhancement and Assurance Manager, Cardiff Business School
Rose White, External Accreditations Manager, Lancaster University Management School

Professional managers and the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework
Professor Jerry Forrester, Professor, Hertfordshire Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS
Dr Heather Moyes, Business Manager for the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, Cardiff University

In search of organisational values: a collaborative approach
Dr Ruth Slater, Course Leader HRM/HRD   School of Management, University of Central Lancashire
Jayne Mizon, HR Manager, Kepak Convenience Foods

Zero to business hero
Abi Bradbeer, Business Manager, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

Reciprocal loyalty
Matthew Hisbent, Head of Operations, Oxford Brookes Business School
Emma Coles, Major Projects Manager (Accreditations), Oxford Brookes Business school

Be your own boss
Marcia Baldry-Bryan, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University

Posters

Supporting student integration: a new approach
Rachael  Lucas, Student Experience Team Leader (Undergraduate Programmes), University of Liverpool Management School
Misha Jones, Student Experience Administrator, University of Liverpool Management School
Lee Wainwright, Employability Projects Officer, University of Liverpool Management School

The Adam Smith Graduate Award
Kirsteen Daly, Accreditations and Postgraduate Manager, Adam Smith Business School

We have the skills to succeed and engage with business
Hoi Lei Chan, Research and Enterprise Team Manager, Anglia Ruskin University
Julian Gibbs, Development and Engagement Officer, Anglia Ruskin University
Rachel Thomason, Media and Events Coordinator, Anglia Ruskin University

David Taylor
Founder, The Naked Leader

David is the Founder of Naked Leader, author of the fastest selling business book in the world; The Naked Leader, and has just published his fifth book: How to be Successful by Being Yourself. He has featured in 3 Series, keynoted in 40 countries with over 300,000 people having attended a David Taylor event, at venues ranging from the Acropolis in Athens to the Comedy Store in LondonDavid is the Business Ambassador for The Princes Trust, a former Chairman of Woking Football Club and the Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Ulster Business School. David works with top leaders around the world, including the CEOs from Ford, Veolia and NHS Blood and Transplant.

Professor Julia Buckingham CBE
Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London

Julia read Zoology at the University of Sheffield and, after a short spell in the pharmaceutical industry, moved to London to study for a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of London and to pursue an academic career. She was awarded a DSc and appointed to the Chair of Pharmacology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1987 where she became Pre-clinical Dean in 1992. She joined Imperial College London in 1997, contributing to the establishment of the new Faculty of Medicine and held the roles of College Dean for non-clinical Medicine, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Head of the Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology and Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs). In 2012 she was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London. She has published widely in her field, served on numerous national and international review panels and received a number of prestigious awards and honours for her work; she awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to Biology and Education. She is currently Treasurer and a Trustee of Universities UK, a Director of Imperial College Health Partners and of the National Centre for Universities and Business, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group Council, a member of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce, Chair of The Concordat Strategy Group, supporting the career development of researchers, and Chair of the Athena SWAN Review Steering Group.

Designed in consultation with members of the Chartered ABS Professional Managers Committee and experts from across the business school community, the two-day programme is designed for senior professional managers. It is particularly relevant for:

  • Heads of Administration
  • Registrars
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Faculty Managers
  • Heads of Operations
  • Specialist managers in marketing, human resources, finance, accreditation and professional development.

Chartered ABS Professional Managers Committee

  • Dr Phillipa Towlson-Mulbregt, Lord Ashcroft International Business School (Chair)
  • Dr Steve Gaskin, Plymouth University Faculty of Business
  • Dr Andrew Glanfield, Cardiff Business School
  • Matthew Hisbent, Oxford Brookes University Business School
  • Helen Miller, Newcastle University Business School
  • Ian Hamley, Warwick Business School
  • Stephanie Readey, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Hema Tank, The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Janine Ellis, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Paul Verrion, Kent Business School
  • Emma Johnstone, Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management
  • Diane Donaldson, Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • Tom O'Neill, Ulster University Business School

Register now at the Early Bird Rates!

Chartered ABS Members

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

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £519
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £279
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £459
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount   £908
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £579
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £319
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £519

Presenters*

Full conference with Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £279
Single day without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £119
Full conference without Gala Dinner - Early Bird Discount  £219

*The presenter rate is reserved for those people who's submissions are accepted for inclusion in the programme.

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

Sponsoring PMAC 2018 is a great opportunity to strengthen your relationships with senior professional managers working in, and for, UK business schools.  

For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

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

This year's conference takes place at Oxford Brookes University Business School.

Oxford Brookes University
Headington
Oxford
OX3 0BP

Details of preferential rates at local hotels will be available shortly,

Each submission should reflect a dimension of the Chartered ABS' Professional Development Matrix for Professional Managers. Full details on the PMAC 2018 Submission Portal

"As my first PMAC 2017 was thoroughly thought provoking and enjoyable. Everyone has been lovely and I've made some great contacts"

Katherine Jago
Head of Strategic projects, UWE

"Once again PMAC proved to be an excellent opportunity for professional managers to network and share best practice. I enjoy attending every year"

Kirsteen Daly
Accreditations, Ranking & Communication Manager, Adam Smith Business School