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New faces and big plans – Report from the October meeting of the Professional Managers Committee

New faces and big plans - Report from the October meeting of the Professional Managers Committee The Professional Managers Committee met on 12th…

Putting theory into practice – report from the April meeting of the Professional Managers’ Committee

The Professional Managers' Committee met on April 20th, our second meeting of the year. We can say with confidence and pride that our key projects are gaining momentum and we look…

Call for nominations for the Chartered ABS Professional Managers’ Committee

The Chartered Association of Business Schools is calling for new members for our Professional Managers' Committee. The Professional Managers Committee consists of leading managers…

Aligning professional service staffs’ performance and training with strategic goals

In practice, for many in professional service roles there are few ways to demonstrate clear linkages between goals for the year. This case study provides a solution.

Driving organisational change and impact: case study on using the Chartered ABS professional development matrix

The professional management matrix has helped to drive a cultural and efficiency change across our faculty of business.

A positive outlook for 2018 for the Chartered ABS Professional Managers’ Committee

The first meeting of 2018 for the Professional Managers Committee let us take stock of the successes of the previous year and look to the future, with a wealth of reports to…

An interesting year in prospect for the Chartered ABS Professional Managers Committee

The first meeting of the new academic year for the Professional Managers Committee on Friday 13th October was a great opportunity for us to begin to build momentum behind our…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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.

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.

New Chair for Professional Managers’ Committee

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

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…


Professional Managers’ Annual Conference 2018

10 Dec 18 - 11 Dec 18

Event venue: Oxford Brookes Business School

Bringing together heads of administration, faculty managers, school administrators, senior operations staff, accreditation and other specialist managers from UK business schools.


Tool for professional development reviews and staff development

The Chartered ABS Professional Managers’ Committee has produced this Professional Development Matrix, which shows the range of competencies and skills required to be…

Digital destinations and marketing technology for SMEs

Research conducted by Dr. Philip Alford at Bournemouth University is transforming small owner-managed enterprises into more entrepreneurial and innovative businesses, enabled by…

Ethics Guide 2015: Advice and Guidance

This Guide offers a practical framework to help individuals in business schools make informed and transparent decisions and communicate ethical choices to others.