Call for nominations to form Chartered ABS Apprenticeships Working Group

The Council of the Chartered ABS has suggested an Apprenticeships Working Group be formed to help inform members of what is happening with apprenticeships, to engage with Government to ensure the best possible outcomes, and to consider potential impact on business schools and the decisions of…

Policy Update: an eventful summer sets the tone for the year ahead

It has been an eventful summer in terms of HE policy, as well as the sometimes very personal attacks launched by Lord Adonis. It is difficult to choose which will have the most impact, but clearly it is going to be another eventful year. First the good news. There again seems to be some momentum…

New Deans and Heads of Business Schools Appointed Across the Sector

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions towards the end of the last academic year, and as we enter the new year. We are aware of the following appointments: Birmingham Business School: Professor Cathy Cassell, Dean Brighton Business School:…

The Specialist Generalist

Dr Andrew Glanfield explores the concept of the Specilaist Generalist which is gaining traction amongst college and central professional services audiences at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. He explains how the discipline-specific knowledge, team building and procurement expertise of…

Cross-Continental ‘Bridges’ Form Connections Between Business and the Business School Classroom

Seasoned business professionals are sought after for their insight on the past, present, and future. From their strong grasp of business fundamentals to their extensive leadership acumen, senior leaders carry significant impact. The world’s top business schools recognize this—and are continually…

Reading? It’s still critical

Pearson is conducting research with Swansea University and University of Sheffield to understand the impact of providing core learning content in new ways, motivating and engaging students to read critically, think critically and write critically.

Call for Small Business Charter Management Board membership

We would like to invite nominations from academics in SBC award holding schools who are interested in serving as members of the Management Board for a period of three years, starting from November 2018. There are currently three positions available. Apply now.

Learning to play the game: delivering a Live Project to 800 First Year Business students

Find out more about Live Projects at the University of Bedfordshire Business School and how getting students involved in such campaigns has been a huge success. It has also been a step towards better preparing them to ‘play the game’ and relate to employers in a confident responsible way…

No summer recess for business school professional managers

Summer holiday clashes resulted in a depleted attendance at the Professional Managers Committee meeting on 14 July, but that didn’t stop us from having excellent discussions and making good progress on all the key agenda items. Plans for the Professional Managers Annual Conference (PMAC) 2017…

Reflections on ‘the incredible machine – what next for TEF’, a WonkHE conference

Martin Pearson, Research Manager at Chartered ABS reports on the recent Wonkhe conference on the TEF, focusing on the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data presented by WonkHE Deputy Editor David Morris.

Network to boost ethnic minority businesses takes top prize

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has recognised the ground-breaking impact of a leading Birmingham Business School project, by awarding the co-directors an award as part of the 2017 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize.

What LEO tells us about our business school graduates

Employability of business undergraduates is above the average for university graduates and a business degree comes with a higher than average earning potential for a graduate entering employment for the first time.

How we can open more doors for all students?

Professor Irani argues that business schools have an essential role to play in helping employers get to a stage where diversity is no longer such a thorny problem, tainted by suggestions of bias and discrimination. The barriers to entry to the biggest employers can be more about the formal processes…

Call for new members for Chartered ABS Professional Managers’ Committee

We are calling for new members to join our Professional Managers' Committee. The Professional Managers' Committee consists of leading managers in a senior role in business schools. The objectives, purpose, current key projects and membership criteria of our Professional Managers' Committee are…

How can business schools create sustainable competitive advantage?

Mark CusIter provides some key themes as a reminder on how business schools can thrive in the increasingly complex, turbulent and competitive environment that they operate.

New Small Business Charter website launched

Taking a ‘business first’ approach by offering small businesses quick and easy access to the latest business advice written by experts in business schools, the new website promises to be a valuable platform for both businesses and business schools.

Professional Managers’ Committee meeting – May update

The Professional Managers Committee met on Friday 26th May for their penultimate meeting of the year. We were fortunate to have Professor Simon Collinson who is the Chair of the Chartered ABS also attend this meeting. Typology questionnaire - the completion rates for this survey were discussed -…

A quick guide to degree apprenticeships for providers

A closer look at degree apprenticeships in light of the Apprenticeships Levy and what it could mean for employers.

Interdisciplinary funding breakthrough for the York Management School: IKnowFood

Bob Doherty explains how the IKnowFood project takes an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach to develop a unifying understanding of ‘food system resilience’ through the integration of knowledge from both sciences and social sciences.

Cardiff School of Management achieves the prestigious Small Business Charter award

Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University has been awarded the Small Business Charter in recognition of their extensive work to support small businesses.

Birmingham City Business School and Dublin City University Business School achieve the Small Business Charter award

Birmingham City Business School and Dublin City University Business School have been granted the Small Business Charter award.

Our priorities for the new government

We highlight our members’ key areas of concern which should be priorities for the new government and the universities Minister.

Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award 2017

Entries are now open. Deadline: Wednesday 28 June

What makes an award winning business school?

Read about previous winners of the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year award which recognises outstanding overall performance in business schools both within universities and the private sector.

Are you prepared for REF2021?

Participate in this study of Business School engagement with impact via the survey for Associate Deans and Directors of Research.

Master or apprentice?

Businesses paying the new Apprenticeships Levy can see that the best way to take advantage is by getting more experienced managers to take on apprenticeships themselves, re-directing budgets used for traditional training and development. But how can they overcome the entry-level associations of the…

The changing nature of work

How can academics prepare students for a different world of work, with different career journeys? Jane Partridge argues that an active blended learning approach is required.

Are you engaged with your alumni?

How business schools can engage with alumni to get the best value from that engagement for both school and alumnus.

Call for papers: International student sojourner

Editors of the International Journal of Management Education (IJME) Special Issue, which explores the reasons influencing a student’s decision to engage in university level study abroad,invite studies that provide practical perspectives, with examples of effective practice.

Valuing Professional Services Staff

Professor Julian Gould-Williams explores the four ways in which managers can reinforce a sense of value and appreciation amongst professional services staff.

Doors are for people with no imagination!

What can we do to foster employability and to develop the creative skills that are currently in decline and how can we assess students in ways that test this?

Are business lecturers now part of the ‘edutainment’ business?

According to Professor Irani, in terms of day-to-day practice the pull towards vocational education means the pressure is on for academics to be more like facilitators rather than simply lecture.

The Future You: Preparing final year students to transition to employment

Find out how Bedfordshire Business School's innovative unit entitled ‘The Future You’ helps students become effective practitioners in the workplace.

Newcastle University appoints new Business School Director

Professor Sharon Mavin joins as the new director of its Business School.

Jo Johnson meets Chartered ABS Council

The Minister's first meeting with business school deans.

Research income for business schools – report published

Our latest analysis of research income for Business & Management research.

The application of flipped instructional model and team-based learning in Asian classrooms

Do the flipped instructional model and team-based learning (TBL) approaches make sense in the Asian classroom setting? Are there cultural factors that need to be addressed for its effective implementation?

Cross-year student-led teams: Playful team formation

Dr Alexander Kofinas explores the benefits of cross-year business projects on student learning and experience.

Brexit from the view of EU business school students

Students from the Netherlands recently visited Alliance Manchester Business School - what do they think about the UK's decision to leave the EU?

Spring is the time of plans and projects: Professional Managers’ Committee report

The new format of the PMAC conference was discussed in this meeting. Find out more here.

What are the opportunities for business schools in the Brexit negotiations?

In the light of Brexit, business schools can contribute much in terms of perspectives on new markets, on new relationships with existing trading blocs and on the relationship between trade and trading rules supported by international agreement.

The Industrial Strategy: the opportunities for business schools and universities beyond STEM

University leaders should be reading between the lines to realise the wider potential of the Strategy

Tackling Business Entrepreneurship – From a business student to a modern day entrepreneur

Kate Pascoe on the changes in the approach to teaching Business Entrepreneurship as students become more engaged in the entrepreneurial process.

The impact of Brexit on recruiting business students

Aaron Porter provides fresh analysis of student recruitment data and the emerging markets.

Executive Education Committee new members

Seven new members join the Chartered ABS Executive Education Committee.

New Chair for Professional Managers’ Committee

The latest developments in the Chartered ABS Professional Managers' Committee.

The role of alternative providers in Higher Education

Hema Tank explains why LIBF are living proof that alternative providers can offer high quality education and a valuable student experience.

Our students need to understand that haste can make waste

Martin Binks argues that business schools have a duty to train would-be leaders not to act in haste – to appreciate that, though it can be useful and is frequently hailed as a desirable skill, the ability to make decisions quickly too often translates into a damaging rush to judgment. In short:…

New members join the LTSE Committee

Find out the latest on the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee.

‘Teaching’ Leadership

Hugh Davenport on the crucial distinction between leadership and management.

Policy update from our Chief Executive

Anne Kiem gives an update on the latest in Government Policy and relevant activities here at the Chartered ABS.

CIPD: Research tender invitations for three complementary studies

The CIPD is currently commissioning three separate but complementary research studies. Deadline: 20 February

How to get the best out of your advisory board

Professor George Yip on all you need to know about advisory boards and how to really make the most of them.

Annette Cast appointed Dean of UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Annette Cast joins UEL's Royal Docks School of Business and Law in April as the new Dean.

Growth Hub in Cirencester will unlock local business potential

A new Growth Hub in Cirencester will strengthen the Gloucestershire business community by providing innovative business support.

Education and Training Foundation: Invitation to Tender for Training Programme

The Education and Training Foundation are seeking an established provider of training and development for senior finance managers, with a national reputation for excellence.

Invitation to Tender: Education and Training Foundation Leadership Programme

The Education and Training Foundation are seeking an established provider of senior executive training, with a national reputation for excellence, to co-design, develop and deliver the professional development programme for “top leaders” in the education and training sector.

How alumni can help create a new world of business engagement

Professor Zahir Irani explains why he thinks alumni and lifelong learning should be the crux of this new world and why it’s time to recognise the long-term value of alumni and form a network that plays an active role in the school.

Careers is the soul of every business school

Should Careers teams be encouraged to make the shift from being ‘remedial’ advice providers to leaders in people development and career change? After all, isn’t this the nub of student hopes in their business degree?

Invitation to tender: Transformational change in higher education

The Leadership Foundation has opened invitations to tender for a new project, 'Transformational change in higher education' comprising a series of case studies generated through mining large-scale change programmes that have completed in a variety of institutional types. Deadline: 5pm on Monday 30…

How business school graduates fare after graduation

Our report, based on DfE and HESA data, on how Business and Administrative studies students fare after graduation draws promising conclusions in regards to their employment prospects.

Identifying and Recognising the Contributions of Professional Services Staff

The contribution of professional services staff to student performance outcomes is often underestimated. Professor Julian Gould-Williams explores how to address this.

Use an “action strategy” to transform a business school

Professor George Yip, talking from personal experience, shares his insights on strategy for change which emphasises action and political support rather than seeking consensus.

Professional Managers’ Conference highlights

An overview of our highly productive Professional Managers' Annual Conference, in which discussions focused on the impact of change and reorganisation, centralisation, leadership and management skills and much more.

Help define Scopus’ new basket of metrics

The basket of metrics that researchers and their evaluators expect to use is becoming larger and more varied. Can you help Scopus by defining new metrics through this survey?

Modern-day leadership demands creativity

Professor Martin Binks explores the rapidly changing face of leadership and explains why teaching it is not just about getting people through their exams.

RAU wins two Green Gown Awards

The university was announced Best Newcomer for a small institution and winner of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship category at the awards ceremony held on 10 November 2016.

Invitation to Tender: Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation are seeking an established provider of senior executive training to define the requirement for a developmental programme for “top leaders” in the education and training sector.

The University of Utopia, Ltd.

Mark Gatenby on why 'disciplinarity' has reached its limit and how to encourage a culture of 'post-disciplinarity' in business schools and universities instead.

Chinese university seeking cooperation with UK university for new school

An opportunity for a UK university to collaborate with a Chinese university in some key areas: big data, computer science, statistics, mathematics, economics or management.

Author Guidelines for ‘Perspectives On’

The ‘Perspectives On’ series has been developed as an online resource to promote dissemination and discussion of contemporary learning, teaching and student experience issues in the business school sector. The rationale is to provide an online resource which academics can access to find an…

Tool for professional development reviews and staff development

This professional development matrix has been created to support staff development and performance reviews within business schools, and the Professional Managers Steering Committee invites the professional managers' community to use it internally.

Call for Papers: Journal of Management Education Special Issue

The guest editors of the Journal of Management Education Special Issue - Management Education in Turbulent Times - are seeking submissions across all of the Journal of Management Education's five sections: research articles, theoretical and conceptual articles, essays, instructional innovations, and…

Highlights from our Annual Conference 2016

Over the two days at our Annual Conference, delegates engaged in discussions on the impact of Brexit on business schools, the technicalities of the TEF and much more.

Chartered ABS Annual Survey results reveal early impact of Brexit on business schools

Insights into the trends and challenges within the UK business school sector

More than a product: Executive Education as a catalyst

Sarah Lethbridge takes a closer look at the contribution that executive education brings in supporting the three key functions of business schools: Research, Teaching and Engagement.

The Brexit judgement of the High Court

Professor Matthew Humphreys shares his thoughts on the recent Brexit rulings in the High Court.

Surrey Business School appoints new Dean

An organisation theorist by background, Ansgar Richter steps in as Dean of Surrey Business School.

A short-term route to long-term failure

Professor Martin Binks on how business schools should adapt their, often, short-term approach in order to improve "learning velocity" and the student experience as well equip students for the world of business.

Invitation to tender for research from CIPD

CIPD is exploring the perspective of institutional investors on human capital to provide the HR profession a voice on the topic of measuring and reporting human capital for different stakeholders.

Skills Funding Agency announce webinars on apprenticeship funding

Following the SFA's announcement about RoATP and the ITT, HEFCE have commissioned UVAC to deliver a range of support for the HE sector.

Ulster hosts Northern Ireland launch of Chartered ABS report

Ulster University Business School hosts the launch of the report in which it is featured as an exemplar of added value provided to the local economy with an annual economic impact estimated at over £41 million.

Beyond the classroom walls: The role of online learning

“Will online learning replace the role of good faculty?” and “Isn’t online learning poor quality by its nature because it replaces a highly interactive classroom experience with an essentially lonely and sterile experience?” Two questions that Professor O'Creevy is often asked. Read on to…

Hubs: Creating student centric services at Cardiff

Find out about the student-centric approach at Cardiff that led to the creation of 'hubs' to provide timely and effective support.

Global Business Network Live 2016

We have secured 20 complimentary tickets to this event which is designed to provide businesses with the knowledge, expertise, advice and contacts to succeed overseas.

ifs University College becomes The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Following approval from the Privy Council, ifs University College has officially changed its name to The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

RAU tops the league for carbon reductions for second year running

The RAU has been placed first out of all English universities for its decrease of carbon emissions.

Call for papers: PRME 10th Anniversary Special Issue International Journal of Management Education

A great opportunity for academics specialising in different areas of responsible management to contribute.

New Alumni Fellows Welcomed to Nottingham Business School

Former Nottingham Business School (NBS) students from the local, national and international business community have pledged their support for the next generation of young professionals after joining its growing Alumni Fellows scheme.

Could the Apprenticeship levy impact HE routes into management and the professions?

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP looks at the growing importance of degree apprenticeships

New report on how business schools deliver value to local and regional economies

Chartered ABS report highlighting the far reaching contributions business schools make to local and regional economies.

Apprenticeships Training Providers Consultation: Chartered ABS response

Read our response to the SFA's proposal to replace the Register of Training Organisations (RoTO) with a Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).

Reflections on Lord Stern’s review of the REF

Adam Golberg, Research Manager, provides his key insights into Lord Stern's review of the REF.

National Student Survey 2016: Results for business and administrative studies

The NSS results for 2016 showed that courses in business and administrative studies are highly regarded by the student body. We have provided a table of the results for business and administrative studies in the same categories as last year. The survey asked students across the UK 21 questions to…

CIPD – Invitation to tender for research

While recognising the impact of technology specifically on productivity, the CIPD is seeking to gain a better understanding of how technology is contributing to the evolution of the nature of work.

CIPD accredits MSc Human Resource Management at Essex Business School

Essex Business School's MSc Human Resource Management course gains accreditation from CIPD - the professional body for HR and people development.

The Open University AND KPMG launch joint apprenticeship service

KPMG and The Open University (OU) are joining forces to launch an apprenticeship service that enables employers to identify and fulfil their future training needs, following the Government’s plan to introduce the Apprenticeship Levy. The partnership has been designed to offer employers a high…

Nottingham Business School joins world top 5% with global accreditation

NBS receives accreditation for the quality of its business and management courses from AACSB

Apprenticeship Levy is announced

The Government has published details of the Apprenticeship levy and initial funding proposals.

E-learning for teaching Accountancy – universities need to embrace or face being obsolete!

Paul Caulfield on the importance of computer literacy and the integration of relevant software in accountancy courses.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey consultation: Chartered ABS response

Chartered ABS response to the consultation on the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Funding to support teaching in Higher Education Consultation: Chartered ABS response

Chartered ABS response to the consultation on teaching funding to support widening access and successful student outcomes.

Leading the Way in Personalisation and Experiential Learning

Dean of Nottingham Business School on student personalisation.

Response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation. You can download our response here. We recorded the support of members in promoting the importance of teaching, while also cautioning on the reliance of…

Leeds Business School wins the prestigious Small Business Charter award

Leeds Business School (LBS) has received the Small Business Charter award in recognition of its engagement and activity to support SMEs, and their strong ties and rewarding links with a wide range of stakeholders. The Small Business Charter is an award developed by Lord Young, the Department for…

EU referendum result: Chartered ABS response

24 June, 2016 In light of the EU referendum result we will watch with interest the impact on areas of concern for our member business schools. We will lobby government to ensure the best possible outcome for our members should Britain’s exit from the European Union affect the following areas:…

Designing online courses: what do learners value?

A review of learners' preferences and expectations of online courses.

New interactive format for Academic Journal Guide 2015

The Academic Journal Guide 2015 has been re-issued in an online interactive format. The new format provides users with the ability to sort fields and offers a much improved search functionality. It will allow users to easily find journals and to look at the tables in ways that suit them.Key features…

In favour of a gamified, narrative-based assessment regime 

Dr. Alexander Kofinas explores how educational gamification and the narrative approach to assessment, results in a successful learning experience.

The proposed TEF: Destinations as a measure of teaching quality?

Harriet Richmond looks at the appropriateness of key metrics that will underpin the assessment of teaching quality under the proposed TEF.

Degree apprenticeships within universities and the role of business schools

What intellectual role can business schools play in making degree apprenticeships work for students, employers and the country?

Changes to the Small Business Charter

Over the past couple of months deans from SBC awarding holding schools were invited to discuss their thoughts and gain input into the future direction of the Small Business Charter. These discussions built on and fed into proposals under review by the Management Board, and we are now in a position…

Business school leaders must do more to support sustainability champions

Research findings have shown that business school leaders could do more to support their staff to fully integrate sustainability into the curriculum and culture of their institution.

Higher Education White Paper: Chartered ABS response

In response to the Government's Higher Education White Paper, published today, Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools said: "We support the Government’s focus on quality. British business schools provide some of the best teaching and research in the world. It…

Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award

Entries for the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year Award are now open. Click here to enter now. Deadline: Wednesday 29th June. This award acknowledges outstanding business school performance each academic year. It is open to all business schools in the UK, including those situated…

Update on new Learning and Development Opportunities for Professional Managers

As one of their key strategic aims, the Professional Managers’ Steering Committee (PMSC) has committed to producing new learning and development opportunities for professional managers in business schools. After an extensive consultation, culminating in the Annual Conference which took place at…

Opportunities for UK business schools in India

With India set to become the 7th largest economy in the world, Kevin McCole, UKIBC discusses the approach that UK business schools can take to engage further with India.

Publishers invited to submit journals for the next Academic Journal Guide

We are inviting editors of Journals and Scholarly Associations to apply to have their journals considered for inclusion in the Academic Journal Guide 2018. This application process is for journals which don't currently feature in the 2015 Guide, and also for publishers, editors and scholarly…

Teaching Entrepreneurship “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Nigel Adams explains how Buckingham Business School encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

Rules and Values: Expectations for a Business Ethics Course

Dr Suzy Jagger explores the impact of rules-based and values-based pedagogic approaches to business ethics.

School of Business, London South Bank University wins prestigious Small Business Charter Award

School of Business, London South Bank University (LSBU) has been awarded a Bronze Small Business Charter award in recognition of its commitment to supporting SMEs, including their ongoing collaboration with local businesses throughout the curriculum which has resulted in growth and recognition for…

Blended Learning: Embedding Technology in the Classroom

Dr. Michael Reynolds looks at how technology can be best used in the classroom.

Executive education in China: What is the opportunity for UK business schools?

The Chartered ABS joined UKTI on a mission to China to explore the opportunities for executive education.

Response to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework

  Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to Lord Stern's review of the Research Excellence Framework.  You can download our response here. In our view the Stern Review needs to address the fact that the REF process has some negative influences on the…

A deeper personalised learning experience: blending technology and a face-to-face approach

The power that today’s technology brings is creating a new wave of possibilities and opening many avenues for improving the student experience and making it more personalised.

Style and Substance: how second language affects academic attainment

Dr. Sue Daley-Yates argues that international students can be better supported if universities offer an organised proofreading service.

International business students turned off by visa policy impacting UK universities

The Chartered ABS has today published a new report which reveals the impact the Government’s student visa policy is having on universities and the economy. The report focuses on the recruitment trends of international students to the most popular course at university – business studies.…

Update on Chartered ABS lobbying

The Stern Review and international student visas...

New Chair appointed to the Small Business Charter Management Board

The Small Business Charter (SBC) Management Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Miller, entrepreneur and small business evangelist, as its new Chair.  Stuart has a wealth of experience and is co-founder and CEO of ByBox, the international software and supply chain management…

Call for nominations for Chair and other roles for Research Steering Committee

Chartered ABS are looking for new members to join the Research Steering Committee, especially from the post-92 business schools. We are also looking for nominees for the posts of Chair and Vice Chair of the Research Steering Committee. If you are interested in joining in the role of Chair or…

Strathclyde Business School awarded gold Small Business Charter Award

Strathclyde Business School has been awarded a gold Small Business Charter award in recognition of its commitment to supporting SMEs, including the significant impact of its Growth Advantage Programme which has helped businesses to achieve initial, ongoing and planned growth. The Small Business…

Our students need “know-how” as well as “know-about”

Martin Binks reflects on the importance of experience as a focus in the business curriculum.

Business school dean on diversity drive

Diversity on campus is about ‘inclusion’ not 'numbers of people’.

Smoke, Suspense, and Scheherazade – Using Theatrical Devices to Engage the Student

Dr. Rob Baker on using theatrical devices to engage students and the impact of performance based teaching on student motivation.

Update: our lobbying and other developments

It has been a busy start to the year with the submission deadline for the Green paper responses and the opening of consultation on the REF, otherwise known as the Stern Review. I am very grateful for those who helped in forming the Chartered ABS response to the Green paper and we will again be…

Essex opens first zero-carbon business school building in UK

Open data pioneer launches first zero-carbon business school building in UK The Chief Executive of the Open Data Institute Gavin Starks helped launch the new landmark home of Essex Business School - the first zero-carbon business school building in the UK. Business leaders and…

Commercial opportunities through the UKTI

The education team at UKTI has identified a range of commercial opportunities internationally across a range of education sectors and are looking for UK organisations who may be interested in pursuing these opportunities. They have asked us to share the opportunity with our members. Part of this…

Response to the Higher Education Green Paper

Following a consultation with our members, we have submitted a formal response to BIS as part of the consultation process on the Government's Higher Education Green Paper - 'Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice'. You can download our response…

Chartered ABS wins Best Association Website award

The website now receives an average of 175,000 page views every month...

UCL awarded gold Small Business Charter Award

The Small Business Charter, an award bringing together world-class business schools and SME communities across the UK, is pleased to announce that University College London (UCL) has been upgraded to a Gold Award after a rigorous assessment. UCL was amongst a pioneering group of 20 business…

Fresh ideas for businesses as students rise to the Thinkubator Challenge

Up to 400 staff and students from Nottingham Business School (NBS), Nottingham Trent University, pulled together to solve 40 real business problems at its Thinkubator Challenge 2015.

Annual Membership Survey Results 2015

Chartered Association of Business Schools today publishes the results of its 2015 Annual Membership Survey.

Innovation: it’s time to practise what we preach

Martin Binks reflects on his five-year stint as Dean of Nottingham University Business School and what business schools can do to keep up with changing times.

Chancellor’s Spending Review: Chartered ABS Chair responds

The Chartered Association of Business Schools has responded to the Chancellor's Spending Review and Autumn Statement. Professor Simon Collinson, Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools said: "I was happy to see a flat cash settlement for the Research Councils overall. This is a…

University of Essex appoints leading MBA Director

The University of Essex has appointed Nigel Pye as MBA Director and Professor of Business and Management at Essex Business School

National Award for University Entrepreneurship

The University of Leeds has won The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship.

David Cameron urged to change overseas student policy by BIS committee chair

The government is guilty of “utter folly” by including international students in net migration targets according to the chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.

Chartered ABS response to the Nurse Review of Research Councils

The Chartered Association of Business Schools has responded to Sir Paul Nurse’s ‘Review of the UK Research Councils’.

New Chair appointed at Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Simon Collinson as its new Chair.

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Round-Up

Participants for the Chartered ABS Annual Conference 2015 heard from a range of speakers under the theme of Delivering Value, Driving Growth.

TEF accepted in principle but will it work?

200 business school leaders discussed the Government's proposals at the Chartered Association of Business Schools' annual conference, in Manchester.

Higher education Green Paper – response from the Chartered Association of Business Schools

The Chartered Association of Business Schools, the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector, has provided an initial response to the Higher education green paper.

Reflection and updates from the Chartered ABS

Anne Kiem provides some reflections on the eve of a new Chartered ABS Conference.

The business of international marketing – using data and insights to improve student recruitment

With a backdrop of concern about immigration and Theresa May’s recent hard hitting party conference speech Jamie Laird, Head of Market Intelligence at Hobsons examines how business schools can cut through the noise and reach prospective international students.

Developing leadership potential in undergraduates

Business Schools have a duty to create robust and effective leadership programmes at the undergraduate level, as demonstrated by the LaunchPad programme.

Business schools as educational provocateurs of productivity via interrelated landscapes of practice

In an ever-changing and global marketplace, it could be argued that the role of business schools is no longer to train graduates for specific roles.

Deans and Directors’ Programme – Participant perspectives

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal gives details of her experience with the Deans and Directors’ Programme (3DP).

Warwick Business School launches Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) for senior executives

Warwick Business School has unveiled a new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree designed for senior executives and potential future leaders.

Solving the UK’s productivity puzzle

The Chartered Association of Business Schools and Chartered Management Institute hosted a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference which discussed how employers and higher education can work together to boost the UK’s productivity.

A week in the life of an Operations Manager, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

Ian Hamley of Birmingham Business School provides a glance into the week of an Operations Manager.

Report from the Party conferences and an update on our activities

Anne Kiem provides some insights into our sessions at the 2015 party conferences and future activities from the organisation.

ESRC survey exploring the experiences of early career social scientists

The Chartered Association of Business Schools are encouraging members to participate in a Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) survey aiming to understand the experiences and issues faced by early-career social scientists.

What can business schools do to drive up the UK’s productivity?

Warwick Business School's Prof. Keith Glaister explores how business schools can address the UKs productivity crisis.

Bath embarks on ground-breaking deal with South African Government

The University of Bath is to provide advanced leadership training to senior South African Higher Education professionals in a ground-breaking new partnership with the South African Government.

The Alternative Business School

Martin Parker of University of Leicester School of Management gives his perspective on an alternative style of business education.

Report urges start-ups to tackle poor management skills to survive past year three

Nationwide campaign launched to curb 44% failure rate of UK start-ups and boost growth of SMEs

Advisory Boards: A personal perspective

Ann Francke shares her experiences on working within advisory boards and why they are advantageous for business schools.

Chartered ABS to use new VLE on development programmes

As part of our partnership with Instructure, we will be using the Canvas virtual learning environment to support the delivery of our development programmes

The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations

A Chartered ABS review of the recent report on business-university research collaborations

Senior appointments from across the sector

There have been a number of senior appointments within business schools over the last few months.

National Student Survey 2015: Table of results for business and administrative studies

The Chartered ABS spreadsheet ranks the results of the recent National Student Survey.

New professional qualifications for Marketing students

Hull University Business School has joined forces with CIM (The Chartered Institute of Marketing) to give students the opportunity to gain professional qualifications through CIM Graduate Gateway.

Activity update from the Chartered ABS

Anne provides an overview on the latest developments with the Chartered ABS.

Call for thought pieces: How business schools can help to solve the UK productivity puzzle

The Chartered ABS is looking to contribute more to the productivity debate with thought pieces from academics within our member business schools.

Professional managers – the hunt for added value

Dr Andy Earwaker discusses the realities of the professional managers role within business schools.

New degree apprenticeship in professional management given green light by the UK Government

A new degree-level apprenticeship in management developed by a group of 40 employers and universities, headed by Serco, has been given the green light today by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Are Women reluctant to take on paid non-executive director roles?

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal looks into the benefits of NED roles and why women should take advantage of such positions.

Top executives complete inaugural UK Bridge Programme

The Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted to announce that the first participants have successfully completed the inaugural UK Bridge Programme.

Nottingham Business School expands Alumni Scheme to personalise learning for Executives of the future

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is expanding its Alumni Fellowship Scheme and inviting new members after a successful pilot year.

London College of Fashion, UAL Students receive CMI award

Six students from the Fashion Business School will be presented with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) London and South East Regional Boards Award.

The challenge to international recruitment continues

Marie Clark from Hobsons provides some insights into the latest government proposals for international students.

Teaching Excellence Framework and the Emergency Budget: Business schools respond

Members of the Chartered ABS Learning, Teaching & Student Experience (LTSE) Committee have provided commentary to proposals for the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Reflections on the best methods to support business-to-business school collaboration through School Advisory Boards

What are the best methods to support business to business school collaboration? David Williamson provides his views.

Communicator-in-chief: the key trait for entrepreneurs building businesses

Michael Hayman MBE and Nick Giles offer a unique perspective on leadership and entrepreneurism.

Do business schools really understand what employers want from their graduates?

What do employers really want from business school graduates? Professor Zahir Irani of Brunel Business School examines current trends in this exclusive blog piece.

Throwing rocks from inside the hot house

Chris Mabey from Middlesex Business School calls on business schools to be active and conscience stakeholders in society.

Advisory Boards: Bringing Added Value to Business School-to-Business (BS2B) Collaborations

Dr Cathy Garner provides detailed insights into the best ways to utilise business school-to-business (BS2B) collaborations.

New arrival at the University of Derby

Dr David Russell has been appointed as the new Dean of the College of Business at the University of Derby.

GCU awarded EPAS accreditation

94 programmes delivered in 31 countries have been awarded EPAS accreditation.

Entrepreneurship Grants: Recipients of Cambridge Judge start-up grants have raised over £5 million in funding

Recipients of start-up grants from an Investment Fund at Cambridge Judge Business School have collectively raised more than £5 million since the grants ranging from £3,000 to £20,000 were first awarded 18 months ago.

Dean appointments from across the business school sector

We take a look at the latest dean appointments across the sector.

What to expect from the new government?

Anne Kiem gives her views on the new government following the 2015 general election.

Feeling the pressure: The neuroscience of learning to lead

Academics from Ashridge Business School present findings which reveal that experiential learning, mimic the stress of leadership and better prepare managers for similar situations at work.

Curriculum innovation focus for new Associate Dean of NBS

Melanie Currie has been appointed as Associate Dean of Nottingham Business School (NBS).

Getting the business school ‘business-ready’

Dean of London Guidhall Faculty of Business & Law Stephen J. Perkins provides some key insights into transformational change within business schools.

In-Company degree celebrates 15 Years of graduates

Nottingham Business School celebrates the 15th anniversary of its degree programme which places students in companies full-time as part of their course.

Culture bites! And bites hard: The key importance of embracing culture in organisational change

Cultural Change writers Professor James McCalman and Dr David Potter discuss the importance of organizational culture in enhancing competitive advantage, its impact on managers and how culture controls organizational expression.

Is it time to move the employability debate on?

The employability of graduates has been a concern across the sector, and a subject of much debate, for a number of years. This piece looks at how work around employability can be shifted to a more productive stage through an analysis of recent trends.

Head of UK Banking at Santander gives guest lecture for aspiring entrepreneurs at University of Hertfordshire

Steve Pateman, Head of UK Banking at Santander UK visited the University of Hertfordshire to deliver a guest lecture on Issues and Challenges facing Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

RAU graduate employability hits 98%

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is thrilled to announce high employability figures across the board. Recent surveys of 2014 graduates have shown that 98.2% of undergraduates are in employment or further study within six months of leaving the University. The statistics reveal that 98.2% of…

Association of Business Schools receives Royal Charter

We are delighted to announce that we have received our Royal Charter.

Showcase your research in the Management Articles of the Year Awards

Make a submission to CMI’s Management Articles of the Year competition.

Professional Management Development – Focus Group

Professional Management Development - We need your help and energy! The Chartered ABS Professional Managers' Steering Committee is currently looking at the development needs of senior/aspiring professional senior managers in Business Schools with a view to providing appropriate opportunities. To…

Dual CMI qualification for RAU business graduates

Students studying for a business degree at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will now receive a dual qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

April update from our CEO Anne Kiem

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools provides some insights into our latest activities within this update.

General Election 2015: Shadow Minister for Immigration David Hanson MP

As part of our lobbying for an incoming government we have put questions towards three political party spokespeople including David Hanson MP Shadow Minister for Immigration for the Labour Party.

General Election 2015: Conservative Minister for Security and Immigration James Brokenshire MP

As part of our lobbying for an incoming government to change current immigration legislation affecting international students, we have put questions towards James Brokenshire MP Minister for Security and Immigration from the Conservative Party

General Election 2015: Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice & Equalities Julian Huppert MP

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs, Justice & Equalities Julian Huppert MP talks to us about his partys' policies ahead of General Election 2015.

General Election 2015 – Analysis from James Newhall

James Newhall provides an analysis on how the election could effect business schools.

Monthly update from our CEO Anne Kiem

  Anne Kiem, Chief Executive of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, provides some insights in her latest monthly update As the saying goes, we live in interesting times. As the General Election approaches no-one can predict the outcome, yet what is certain is that for universities…

New degree-level apprenticeship scheme for professional managers

27 March 2015 Proposals to develop a new degree-level apprenticeship in Chartered Management, which will boost the number of professional managers and drive up business performance across the UK, have been approved. The creation of this new Level 6 Chartered Management Apprenticeship follows the…

London College of Fashion (LCF) announces launch of the Fashion Business School

The London College of Fashion has launched its Fashion Business School.

‘The Impact of Business School Research’ published today by the ABS to support call to rebalance research funding

We are delighted to publish ‘The Impact of Business School Research: Economic and Social Benefits’, which includes eleven case studies highlighting the far-reaching impact of business school research. As well as providing a resource for researchers in the sector, we will be using the publication…

Fellowships for Professors Mark Hart and Richard Thorpe

Professors Mark Hart and Richard Thorpe are the first recipients of our Research Fellowship.

Join top execs on the ABS & AACSB Bridge Programme

Places are filling up for the 2015 Bridge Programme – an intensive course designed to support the development of business school teaching staff who come from business executive backgrounds. The Association of Business Schools (ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted with the high level…

Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM

We are delighted to once again co-host the Annual Joint Reception of International Business School Associations at ICAM, which takes place in Tampa, Florida this year. The reception, which is annually organised by the Chairs of the Association of Business Schools, the Australian Business School…

Senior management appointments and updates

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions during the first few months of 2015. Professor Toni Hilton has been made Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Hilton was previously the Dean of the Business and…

SERIOUS joins ABS membership

We are delighted to announce SERIOUS Marketing Communications as a corporate member. SERIOUS is an integrated marketing communications agency that has extensive experience providing marketing solutions to the education sector. The highly strategic and creative approach SERIOUS applies has enabled…

ABS Academic Journal Guide launched

We’re pleased to announce that the Academic Journal Guide 2015 has been published to provide a guide to the quality and range of over 1,400 international business and management journals. The Guide can be viewed now at www.bizschooljournals.com The ABS Academic Journal Guide (the Guide) is the…

Monthly update and future plans from our CEO Anne Kiem

It has been a busy start to the year and I have been out visiting as many people as possible to ensure we are keeping as up to date with our members and other organisations that have an impact on the work of business schools. I attended my first session of the International Deans Programme, which…

Monthly update and future plans from our CEO Anne Kiem

Our CEO provides an update on our recent events and plans for future programmes.

Progress Report on the ABS Diversity Impact Working Group

In January 2015, the ABS held its inaugural Diversity Impact Working Group event, with the first event focusing on ‘Putting Gender on the Agenda’. The event was well attended with over 60 delegates present at Said Business School, Oxford. Following the success of the ABS International Women…

First Keynote Speaker Announced for ABS Annual Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce that the Association of Business Schools’ Annual Conference will take place on 9-10 November 2015, in Manchester. We have secured our first keynote speaker, and encourage you to reserve your place. Speakers at the conference always include leaders in business…

Publication of ABS Academic Journal Guide 2015

The Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide 2015 will be published on 25th February 2015 at www.bizschooljournals.com. The Guide will be published online and free to access. Users will be able to access it by registering through the website. Registration will be available on the day…

Update on our Royal Charter application and other news from our CEO

As we start the New Year we are looking forward to the completion of process leading to the Association of Business Schools gaining a Royal Charter and becoming the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Work is already underway to rebrand, with a new logo for the Chartered ABS and new websites…

Exclusive offer to ABS members on pricing for Canvas by Instructure

The Association of Business Schools is pleased to welcome Instructure, the provider of Canvas Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as its newest Corporate Member. As part their membership Instructure is delighted to offer all ABS members exclusive discounted pricing on Canvas. Instructure built…

Opportunities to contribute to Daily Telegraph for ABS members

The Association of Business Schools has secured its members a 30% discount to contribute to a Daily Telegraph and CityAM supplement series in 2015. The supplements will provide business schools with the opportunity to showcase their specialist knowledge of various industries and offers a platform…

Who’d be a dean? Leadership in a low-authority environment

Prof. Robert MacIntosh et al provide an analysis on leadership in a low-authority environment.

Business school deans go global: A contextual approach

Prof. Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi and Dr Kerttu Kettunen provide an international perspective as part of our Leadership compilation series.

Leadership development beyond the dean’s office

Dr Patrick Cullen of AACSB International provides an international perspective on challenges facing leadership development.

Leadership in business schools and professional services firms

Professor Sandy Pepper discusses the leadership styles in business schools and professional services firms.

UK business schools call to address research funding imbalance following successful REF results

After a strong performance by the UK’s business schools in the Research Excellence Framework, the Association of Business Schools has called on Government and funding councils to reverse the decline in funding for business and management research. Business schools contribute £3.25billion to the…

REF 2014: Analysis of UK Business Schools’ performance

We provide some insight and analysis following the results of REF 2014.

Business school leadership: Balancing a portfolio

Kai Peters of Ashridge shares his experience in leading a business school.

Knowing when to step down: A personal reflection

Professor Zahir Irani shares his experience of his time at Brunel University and working with the Cabinet Office.

Leaders on the line: Enhancing the leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics

Prof. Sharon Mavin and Dr Ceridwyn Bessant of Newcastle Business School write on leadership capability of first-line-manager-academics.

Business school deans: Leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment

Prof. Nick Oliver et al discuss leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.

Call for applications for Association of Business Schools Fellowships

The Association of Business Schools is, for the first time, calling for proposals to carry out research or other report work that contributes to the work of the ABS. There are two Fellowships on offer and the details are attached. Our focus at this time is on (a) developing approaches for enabling…

ABS reaction to Autumn Statement loans announcement

Association of Business Schools welcome postgraduate loans announcement LONDON, December, 3, 2014 / -- The Association of Business Schools, the representative body for UK business schools, welcomes today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to introduce a…

Reflections on my first month at the Association of Business Schools

Our Chief Executive gives her insight into her first month at the association.

Reach students and graduates of Middle East origin – Member Offer

The Middle East Student & Graduate Network is an information resource set up with support from bodies and ministries of higher education in the Middle East, designed to help students and graduates of Middle East origin discover study, further study and first careers options across the world. A…

ABS hosts biggest ever Annual Conference: our review plus links to videos

ABS hosts biggest ever Annual Conference: our review plus links to videos Our annual conference welcomed 180 delegates over a two day period and offered attendees the opportunity to discuss the challenges and potential solutions to the changing disruptive environment within which business schools…

Building Leadership Capacity for Business Schools – A collection of thought pieces on leadership in business schools

Overview One of the frequently stated missions of business schools is to produce future leaders who make a difference in the world. Curiously, there are few studies of business school leaders. Currently, 18% of business school deans’ jobs in the UK have an acting dean or are being advertised. Our…

Future-proofing the UK business school deanship: Chartering horses for new courses

Our Deputy CEO provides some analysis of the current challenges to senior leadership at business schools.

Senior Management appointments and updates

Senior Management appointments and updates Professor Jane Harrington has been named as University of the of West England’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Professor Harrington has been the Vice-Chair of the Association of Business Schools and will step down as a consequence of her move from the…

2014 survey on leadership amongst deans: Key results

Dr Giovanna Bono details the results on our leadership survey to deans.

Hybrid managers in business schools

Professor Graeme Currie looks at the implications of hybrid managers in business schools.

Leadership Capacity in UK Business Schools

Introduction One of the frequently stated missions of business schools is to produce future leaders who make a difference in the world. Curiously, there are few studies of business school leaders. Currently, 18% of business school deans’ jobs in the UK have an acting dean or are being advertised.…

Growth Voucher initiative launched nationwide by Small Business Charter business schools

The Small Business Charter has today launched the Government-backed Growth Voucher programme which will be delivered nationwide by a consortium of business schools to provide advice and support to small businesses small businesses. The Growth Voucher programme will provide match funding to small…

Destination anywhere: how business students decide where to study

Insight into how business students choose their courses.

ABS update on new deans and senior management appointments for 2014

A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions during the latter months of 2014. Professor Ruth Ashford has been appointed as the Executive Dean of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning across the University of Chester. Professor Ashford also holds the…

The Association of Business Schools participates at party conferences

The Association of Business Schools, alongside the Small Business Charter, hosted a series of fringe events during party conference season which debated a series of proposals to further promote the essential role business schools can play in facilitating local economic growth. The conference season…

The ABS Executive Development Committee is looking for new members

What are we looking for? As a Committee member you will be in a Senior Management role within your business school. Members should include those individuals in business schools who work at a strategic leadership level and are responsible for and/or specifically interested in Executive Education…

The ABS International Committee is looking for new members

What are we looking for? As a Committee member you will be in a Senior Management role within your business school. Members should include those individuals in business schools who work at a strategic leadership level and are responsible for and/or specifically interested in the…

A Manifesto for Growth

Business schools contribute £3.25billion to the UK economy. Their students represent 1 in 5 post graduates, and 1 in 7 under graduates, attending university. We know that business schools are very well placed geographically, and in terms of expertise and knowledge, to support businesses – 43% of…


ABS Manifesto for Growth We want an incoming government to recognise business and management education and research in STEMM. Professor Angus Laing makes the case to widen investment in STEM to include Management. Article by: Professor Angus Laing                  Chair, Association…

International business students’ value to the UK economy & society: the case for changing UK immigration legislation

ABS Manifesto for Growth 2014 We want an incoming government to Remove international students from net migration targets. Professor Nora Ann Colton explains why UK business schools, students and the economy, will benefit from a change in legislation. Article by: Professor Nora Ann Colton  …

Backing business schools to support local economic growth

ABS Manifesto for Growth We want an incoming government to include business schools in local growth policies and business support initiatives. Lord Young proposes how. Article by: Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham DL                  Prime Minister's Advisor on Enterprise The launch of…

New Chief Executive appointed to the Association of Business Schools

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Kiem as our new Chief Executive. Anne joins the Association from her position as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Financial Services where she has led on strategic development, implementation and the establishment of the Institute’s…

Future scenarios of business schools and management education

Dr Alex Wilson et al’s 10 year outlook on management education.

Join the ABS roundtable events at the Party Conferences

The Association of Business Schools, in partnership with the Small Business Charter and Federation of Small Businesses, is holding a series of roundtable discussions and debates at each party conference this autumn. The events will explore how business schools support small businesses and local…

UK business schools increasingly focusing on employability, ABS survey shows

If there is one issue where the opinions of students, business schools and policymakers converge, that is the importance of integrating employability into the curriculum and the student experience. A survey conducted by the ABS shows that UK business schools are rapidly responding to this challenge,…

Hobsons join ABS membership

The Association of Business Schools are delighted to welcome Hobsons back as a corporate member. Hobsons are an education solutions company that supports institutions and their students throughout the entirety of their education journey. At a time when data is everywhere but insight is hard to come…

Small Business Charter application process to re-open in September

The Small Business Charter team have been welcoming their new members this summer and introducing them to Government initiatives that will see further funding come in to the business school sector and enable business engagement opportunities.  They will be welcoming new applicants from 1st…

Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Universities Minister, to join ABS Annual Conference in November 2014

The Shadow Universities Minister, Liam Byrne MP, will address the annual conference for leading figures in the UK’s business schools. We expect to hear his party’s plans and vision for the sector as they prepare for the run up to next year’s general election. The conference takes place in…

Business support schemes come on stream for Small Business Charter awarded schools

Business schools with a Small Business Charter award will now be able to offer a range Government initiatives to support small businesses. Small Business Charter schools have been asked to express their interest in delivering Growth Vouchers, the Growth Accelerator and Start Up Loans. The schemes…

Business schools and further education meet to discuss business and management education

Following Vince Cable’s speech in Cambridge on Where next for further and higher education? which highlighted a national high-level vocational skills gap, an initial Further Education/Business School Network event was held in London on 30 June. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the…

Business School Leadership: Gendered or Genderless?

While women in both academia and corporate environments enjoy relative equality compared to their historical counterparts, there is still a long way to go. AACSB international reports that amongst its US business school members, female deans only comprise 19% of the total and in the UK, only 23% of…

Showcase your University’s research by entering the CMI Management Articles of the Year

The annual CMI Management Articles of the Year Award entries are open – gain recognition for your research and win £1,000. The aim of this competition is to showcase research articles written with a practitioner audience in mind. It offers business and management academics a unique opportunity…

21st Century Leaders report: Building practice into the curriculum to boost employability

New report calls for every business graduate to undertake vital work experience as a core element of their course. Employers are seeking ‘business-ready’ graduates, but are not doing enough to offer extended, meaningful work experience through business schools a new report from the Association…

Twenty schools receive Small Business Charter Award

Lord Young – the Government’s Adviser on Enterprise – hosted a celebration ceremony at No.10 Downing Street to award 20 business schools the new Small Business Charter Award in recognition of their work to support start-ups and small businesses. Business schools who received a Small Business…

New deans appointed in 2014

          A number of new appointments have been made in business school leadership positions in the first half of 2014. Please find the list below: - Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University. Acting Dean: Dr Dawn Albery - Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield…

ABS National Advisory Board Network: Helping business schools stay relevant

The Association of Business Schools launched this May the National Advisory Board Network (NABN), a forum that brings together a cross section of business school Advisory Board Chairs (or senior members of Advisory Boards with specific expertise), business school deans, and other representatives…

ABS office move: meeting space in the City for members

From Monday 23rd June 2014 the Association of Business Schools will be taking up residence in the heart of the capital's business district. The new and improved offices will continue to offer member schools the use of a meeting space. The move is representative of the Association's focus on…

National Advisory Board Network launched to promote greater engagement between businesses and business schools

The Association of Business Schools has launched a new initiative that will promote greater engagement between businesses and business schools for the long-term development of business and management research and education. The National Advisory Board Network (NABN) has been set up in response to…

ABS Co-hosts Reception for UK, Australian and Canadian Business School Leaders, ICAM 2014

ABS co-hosted a reception with the Australian Business Deans Council, the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans and the Emerald Group at the AACSB ICAM conference in Singapore. Sixty-four people attended the networking event. The associations plan to develop stronger links to support…

FNEGE Day, Aix-Marseille – 22nd May 2014

The FNEGE day will take place on 22nd May at the Palais du Pharo, in Marseille. It will be a unique opportunity to bring together all the participants of the different events organized during the International Symposium of Management. This FNEGE day will allow the meeting of all…

Management change at the Association of Business Schools

Dr. Paul Marshall will be leaving the ABS, where he is CEO, to take up a senior leadership role with Universities Partnership Programme (UPP). Julie Davies, presently Deputy CEO, will take on the role of interim CEO. A recruitment process is already underway for Paul’s replacement. Paul joined…

Budget 2014 – Key Points for Higher Education & Business

Higher Education and Export In recognition to the £10 billion contribution of international students to the UK’s economy and the important role of HE, the government will triple the number of Chevening Scholarships from 2015-16 Expand of the ‘Education is GREAT’ campaign to help attract…

Business Schools Welcome Government Response to Witty Review

The Association of Business Schools today welcomes the Government’s response to Sir Andrew Witty’s review into Universities and Growth.  The review, which addressed how higher education institutions can improve their links with industry, concluded that schemes such as the ABS’ Small Business…

EFMD Global Focus: Building Better Business Schools

EFMD Global Focus, 2014 BUILDING BETTER BUSINESS SCHOOLS With business and management education coming under increasing scrutiny, Julie Davies (Deputy Chief Executive at the ABS) and Toni Hilton (Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management, Regent's University London): suggest some ways that…

ABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee – Perspectives On: Anonymous Marking: For or Against?

Association of Business Schools Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee Perspectives On: Anonymous Marking: For or Against? Authors: B. O’Donovan (Oxford Brookes University Business School), R. Atfield (Higher Education Academy), Dr. D. E. Sloan (Newcastle Business School,…

ABS Response to the Publication of the Witty Review

Professor Angus Laing, Chair of the ABS and Dean of Business and Economics at Loughborough University has today strongly welcomed the endorsement in the final report of the Witty Review of its work with Lord Young (Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister) to develop a Small Business Charter and has…

Business schools must work harder to meet Government and Social Agenda says Chair of Association of Business Schools

The ABS has today launched its second policy report: Is It Possible to Balance Student Demands with Business Needs? As a result the Chair of the ABS, Professor Angus Laing, Dean of Business and Economics at Loughborough University has today called for business schools to do more to meet the…

Management Board and Executive Group to take forward business school Charter

A team of experts are set to develop a charter to help incentivise business schools to help small firms to grow. A management board overseen by former BT Chief Executive Sir Peter Bonfield CBE, and made up of Deans of  business schools, business representatives and leading academics, was announced…

Association of Business Schools and AACSB International Announce The Launch Of The UK Bridge Programme

The Association of Business Schools (ABS) and AACSB International (AACSB) are delighted to announce the launch of the AACSB-ABS Bridge Programme to be offered in the UK. Originated by AACSB, the programme was created to provide a path for business leaders to move from the corporate office into the…

Inaugural Irish Policy Network for Business and Management Held at Queen’s University Management School

The Association of Business Schools (ABS) recently held its first Irish Policy Network as part of a wider series, this event brought business schools and stakeholders from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland together at Queen’s University Management School to discuss issues around: …

Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) Charter Mark

Update from our Scottish Committee At the last Scottish committee meeting it was agreed that engagement with the new ECU Gender Equality Charter Mark would be valuable for members. Following a meeting with Ellen Pugh, Senior Policy Adviser for Equality Challenge Unit, we are able to provide some…

UK Business and Management Education – Policy Matters

Lively policy roundtable discussions focusing on the following themes: Globalisation, The Challenge of Economic Regeneration, The Challenge of the Reformed Student Market Place and Sector Regulation.

A Reception to Support the Recommendations From the Business Schools MSB Task Force Report

The Association of Business Schools (ABS) recently hosted a joint reception with the kind support of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to support the findings of the Business Schools Taskforce Report. (Business School/Mid-Sized Business (MSB) Collaboration – supporting growth in…

Innovation Taskforce

The purpose of the ABS Taskforce is to provide evidence of how UK business schools are supporting the Government’s agenda in the BIS report Innovation and Research for Growth. BIS defines innovation as: 'the development of new products, services and processes, which may be based on cutting edge…

Professional Development

Call for nominations for REF panel membership

The Chartered ABS has been contacted by HEFCE regarding the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The REF will be undertaken through a process of peer review by expert panels, involving over 1000 senior UK academics, users of research from organisations beyond higher education and…

International Deans Programme

Professional development and support for Deans and Heads of Business Schools with up to three years' experience.

Leaders in Learning & Teaching (LLT) 2017-2018

Career development for directors and managers of learning and teaching

Development Programme for Directors of Research (DPDoR) 2017-2018

Designed for those holding a Director of Research post, or those aspiring and working towards the position.

Deans and Directors’ Development Programme

Career development for deans, associate deans and aspiring deans