The annual gathering of senior professional services staff working in, and for, UK business schools

Early Bird & Group Booking Discounts available

The Professional Managers' Annual Conference (PMAC) is a wonderfully supportive environment and a unique opportunity for senior professional services staff to come together to reflect on common challenges, share best practice and develop new networks.

Key themes for PMAC 2023 include:

Driving inclusion and improving diversity
How professional services staff can help their institutions to further embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion across all aspects of business school strategy. From the creation of diverse teams through inclusive recruitment practices; to the utilization of key EDI accreditations; to the evolution of support services for staff and students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sustainability and responsibility
How professional services staff are working with internal and external stakeholders to improve the sustainability credentials of a business schools’ physical assets; develop policies and strategies to balance carbon reduction targets with the need for staff to work and travel; and improve awareness of sustainability issues across staff and student communities.

Building effective and resilient teams
The opportunities for business schools to take advantage of new ways of working including flexible/hybrid working, and the 4-day week to rebuild teams and team spirit in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Supporting staff and student health and wellbeing
How professional services staff can contribute to formulating and implementing health and wellbeing strategies across their institutions; and the practical actions that can be taken to support staff and students through the cost of living crisis.

Future proofing the business school
The role that professional services staff play in helping their business schools create strong brand identities; achieve domestic and international student recruitment targets; deliver meaningful student outcomes and identify and take advantage of new opportunities in knowledge exchange and commercial activity.

The in-person conference taking place on 21 February in Leeds is complemented by the online event which will take place in April. The online conference is designed to support the development of professional services teams at all levels through interactive and practical workshops and discussions.

09:00 - 09:40

Registration and refreshments

09:40 - 09:50

Welcome address

09:50 - 10:50

Panel discussion: Building effective and resilient teams

In this opening session, a high level panel will address the opportunities for business schools to take advantage of new ways of working to rebuild teams and revitalise team spirit in the aftermath of the pandemic. The panel will assess the advantages and challenges of flexible and hybrid working and the 4-day week, and will consider strategies to more effectively engage and empower staff at all levels.

Speakers to be announced

10: 50 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 12:30

Panel discussion: Future proofing the business school

In this session, the panel will consider the role that professional services staff play in helping their business schools create strong brand identities; achieve domestic and international student recruitment targets; deliver meaningful student outcomes and identify and take advantage of new opportunities in knowledge exchange and commercial activity. The Leadership aspect could address new styles, such as Distributed; Inclusive; kindness-compassion.

Speakers to be announced

12:30 - 13:30 

Lunch 

13:30 - 13:40

Welcome back remarks

13:40 - 14:25 

Afternoon Sessions 

In the afternoon we will separate for two rounds of breakout sessions. These will be either panel or roundtable discussions, where delegates will have the opportunity to join in and/or be involved in, an in-depth conversation about an important issue or challenge in an informal setting.

14:25 - 14:45 

Break

14:45 - 15:30 

Second round of breakouts

15:30 - 15:45

Summation and closing thoughts

15:45

Close

PMAC 2023 takes place at The Studio - Leeds

Riverside West
Whitehall Rd
Leeds
LS1 4AW

The Studio is a 9min walk from Leeds Station and easily accessed by car and other public transport.

Click here for directions to the venue

The evening before the conference we will host a Dinner in the Oriental Gallery of the Royal Armouries Museum. It will be a great opportunity to connect with fellow attendees for informal networking ahead of the main event.

Armouries Drive
Leeds
LS10 1LT

The evening will commence with a Drinks Reception from 19:00. Dinner will be served at 20:00. Dress code: casual

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements. Details of nearby hotels will be published soon.


Register now at the Early Bird Rates

Early Bird Discounts expire on Friday 20 January.

 

Members - Early Bird Rates

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

  • Full conference with Dinner - £290
  • Full conference without Dinner - £240
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £508 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £420 (save 25% on the second place)

If you are registering more than 2 people please contact enquiries@charteredabs.org for a Special Booking Code.

Non-Members - Early Bird Rates

Universities, public sector, commercial

  • Full conference with Dinner - £370
  • Full conference without Dinner - £310
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £648 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £543 (save 25% on the second place)

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

PMAC 2023 will offer a range of interactive, practical sessions that will explore ways that the professional services community can add value in their business schools. The conference will be of particular relevance to:

  • Senior professional services and team leaders
  • Learning & teaching support staff
  • Marketing, student recruitment and admissions staff
  • School administrators
  • Student experience and careers staff

Become a sponsor

Sponsoring PMAC 2023 is an excellent way of engaging senior professional services staff within UK business schools. If you are interested in supporting this year's event please contact Oliver Lowe.

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

What if I register and then want to cancel?

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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