Book now: Early Bird Discounts available

The Chartered ABS Professional Managers Annual Conference (PMAC) will bring together professional services staff from business schools throughout the UK to share best practice in a collegiate environment, develop new ideas and build their network.

Delivered by, and for, the professional manager community, the conference will showcase the high-quality, high-impact activities being delivered by professional managers to tackle the unique strategic challenges and opportunities faced by business schools.

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

Conference themes

Each submission for PMAC 2020 should reflect one of the five conference themes:

  1. Supporting student learning journeys and graduate outcomes
  2. Driving organisational change and impact
  3. Engaging with business and society
  4. Supporting staff and student health and wellbeing
  5. Going the extra mile

Types of submission include Case Study, Poster, PechaKucha, Roundtable Discussion, and Professional Development Workshop.

Find out more about the themes and submission types >

Why present?

Presenting at PMAC 2020 is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Showcase the excellent things that you and your team are doing to the wider business school community
  • Build your personal network and demonstrate professional development
  • Learn from your peers and get new ideas to take back to your colleagues

The submissions portal is open until Friday 20 September. For more information and to make your submission visit the Submissions Portal >

“What I most enjoyed about presenting the poster was the engagement and networking with everyone at the conference, it was a great opportunity to share ideas and hear from others what they had achieved within their own schools.”
Kirsteen Daly, Accreditations and Postgraduate Manager, Adam Smith Business School

Programme

The programme for PMAC 2020 will focus on five conference themes:

1. Supporting student learning journeys and graduate outcomes

Supporting student attainment, progression and employability through effective induction programmes, innovative forms of student support, widening participation initiatives, extra-curricular activities and career advice.

2. Driving organisational change and impact

Shaping the future direction of the business school by delivering change strategies, managing talent, resolving disputes, managing workloads, succession planning and maximising value from accreditation.

3. Engaging with business and society

Adding value to local, regional and international communities through supporting small businesses, generating income, delivering degree apprenticeships and nurturing student enterprise.

4. Supporting staff and student health and wellbeing

Improving the performance and resilience of staff and students by creating positive environments for work and study; by living your principles of equality, diversity and inclusion; and by demonstrating commitment to EDI in university and business school accreditations.

5. Going the extra mile

Enabling your institution to be successful, impactful and sustainable in new and innovative ways.

 

We are now accepting submissions for the conference, find out more >

More details about the PMAC 2020 programme will be available in the Autumn. Click here to view the 2018 programme >.

Conference Venue

This year's conference takes place at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Alliance Manchester Business School
Booth Street West
Manchester
M15 6PB

Accommodation

Alliance Manchester Business School have kindly offered participants some preferential rates at:

Crowne Plaza Manchester - Oxford Street
55 Booth Street West
Manchester M15 6PQ

To book and secure your rooms please follow the link below and enter the unique booking code: 237764

https://hotelbooking.mbs.ac.uk/

We encourage that you book as soon as possible

Fees

Early Bird & Group Booking Discounts are available

Please note:

PMAC 2020 takes place on Wednesday 23 January.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 22 January we will host a number of half-day Professional Development Workshops.

The Gala Dinner takes place on the evening of Tuesday 22 January.

Chartered ABS Members

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

The Full Event – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner and Workshops.

 £519
Conference and Dinner – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner

 £363
Conference Only – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference

 £323

Chartered ABS Members - Group Booking

Bring a colleague and save 25%

Two participants for the Full Event – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner and Workshops.

 £908
Two participants for the Conference and Dinner – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner

 £636
Two participants for the Conference Only – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference

 £566
Bespoke Group Bookings

For bespoke group bookings please contact us.

Non Members

The Full Event – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner and Workshops.

 £579
Conference and Dinner – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner

 £405
Conference Only – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference

 £365

Presenters*

The Full Event – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner and Workshops.

 £399
Conference and Dinner – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference and the pre-conference Gala Dinner

 £279
Conference Only – Early Bird Discount

Includes the Conference

 £239

*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 2019 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

Who should attend?

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 Emm Johnstone, Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management (Chair, on sabbatical)
Janine Ellis, Alliance Manchester Business School (Vice-Chair, Acting Chair)
Dr Steve Gaskin, Plymouth Business School
Dr Andrew Glanfield, Cardiff Business School
Helen Miller, Newcastle University Business School
Matthew Moir, UWS Business School
Tom O'Neill, Ulster University Business School
Steve Pymount, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at the University of Hull
Nicky Randall, Kingston Business School
Hema Tank, London Institute of Banking & Finance
Dr Phillipa Towlson-Mulbregt, Lord Ashcroft International Business School
Paul Verrion, Kent Business School

“Another useful conference with interesting and thought-provoking sessions – along with networking with our amazing group of business school colleagues across the UK.”

Catherine Court
University of Strathclyde

“Another excellent PMAC. The speakers were high calibre and the range of breakout sessions expansive. Importantly, the atmosphere and ethos of PMAC leads to some excellent networking and fact finding opportunities.”

Dr Andrew Glanfield
Cardiff Business School

“Informative, interactive and an excellent opportunity to network and share joint challenges and successes.”

Jennifer Hinsley
University of Salford