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HESPA consultation on the methodology used to calculate SSRs

The Chartered ABS has responded to the Higher Education Strategic Planners Association’s (HESPA) recent consultation on the methodology used to calculate student : staff ratios…

QAA consultations on revised Subject Benchmark Statements

The Chartered ABS has responded to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s (QAA) consultation on revised subject benchmark statements for business and management…

OfS consultation on potential changes to the National Student Survey – our response

The Chartered ABS has responded to the Office for Students’ consultation on potential changes to the National student Survey based on input from our Council and members of our…

National Student Survey 2022: Results for Law

The Chartered ABS is pleased to present our analysis of the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS) results for Law. This year’s results were published by the Office for Students…

The 2022 edition of the Chartered ABS report on research funding for UK business schools

The 2022 edition of the Chartered ABS’ annual report on research income for UK business schools reveals that total research income in 2020/21 increased for the fifth consecutive…

Analysis of Directors of Research roles in UK business schools

The Chartered ABS Research Committee commissioned a research project to identify the key characteristics and components of research leadership roles in UK business schools and how…

Chartered ABS report on research income for Law – 2014/15 to 2019/20

The Chartered ABS has published its third annual briefing on research income in the field of Law. This analysis covers the period of 2014/15 to 2019/20 and is based on data from…

Research Excellence Framework 2021: Analysis of results for business & management

Download the report: Research Excellence Framework 2021: Analysis of results for business & management The results from the latest national census of research activity have now…

Designing policies to harness the benefits of foreign direct investment (FDI) for sustainable development

Project Background Foreign direct investment (FDI) and the related activities of multinationals companies (MNCs) have an important part to play in sustainable development,…

UKRI consultation on Future Research Assessment

The Chartered ABS has responded to the consultation from UKRI on the future of research assessment following the last REF exercise. We were pleased to work closely with BAM on our…

Options for the next KEF – our response to the UKRI consultation

The Chartered ABS has responded to UKRI’s technical consultation on options for the next Knowledge Exchange Framework, aimed at improving the underlying methodology used in the…

OfS consultation on regulating student outcomes

The Chartered ABS has responded to the OfS consultation on regulating student outcomes which forms part of the OfS’s policy of ensuring that students of all backgrounds…

UKRI EDI strategy consultation

The Chartered ABS has responded to UKRI’s consultation on its Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategy. The strategy is the UKRI’s first of its kind and details its…

OfS Consultation on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Chartered ABS has responded to the OfS consultation on the future of the TEF, aimed at incentivising higher education providers in the UK to achieve excellence in teaching,…

UKRI consultation on the Future of Research Assessment – provide your views to the Chartered ABS

The four UK higher education funding bodies have opened a consultation on the future UK-wide research assessment system. The consultation is part of the Future Research Assessment…

Second OfS consultation on quality and standards: Chartered ABS response

The Chartered ABS has responded to the second OfS consultation on its approach to regulating quality and standards in higher education. We also responded to the preliminary…

IfATE consultation on degree apprenticeships – response from the Chartered ABS

The Chartered ABS has submitted a response to the IfATE’s consultation on its proposals for changes to existing policies that affect the development, approval and delivery of…

The 2021 edition of the Chartered ABS report on research funding for UK business schools

The new edition of our annual publication on research income for UK business schools shows that total income has grown for the fourth consecutive year and reached a record high in…

National Student Survey 2021: Results for Law

We are pleased to publish our analysis of the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) results for the subject of Law. This year’s results were published on 15 July 2021. The NSS is…

IfATE consultation on changes to existing policies related to degree apprenticeships

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has opened a consultation on its proposals for changes to existing policies that affect the development, approval…

National Student Survey 2021: Results for Business & Management Studies

We are pleased to publish our analysis of the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) results for Business & Management Studies. This year’s results were published on 15 July…

Academic Journal Guide

The Guide outlines the range, subject matter and relative quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research.

Chartered ABS Scholarship report – The Digital One Minute Paper

The Chartered ABS is pleased to publish the first in a series of reports from projects that were funded under our scholarships programme. The programme offers funding opportunities…

Chartered ABS response to OfS consultation: regulating quality and standards in HE

The Chartered ABS has responded to the OfS consultation on regulating quality and standards in HE. Our members are in agreement with the approach of setting minimum requirements…

Chartered ABS response to ESRC review of the PhD in Social Sciences

The ESRC Review of the PhD in the Social Sciences aims to ensure PhD training is fit for the future, supports a diverse population of students and remains internationally…

BEIS Consultation on the UK R&D Roadmap 2020

The Chartered ABS has submitted a response to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on the UK’s Research & Development Roadmap.

BEIS consultation on the UK R&D roadmap – provide your views to the Chartered ABS

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published the government's Research & Development (R&D) roadmap which articulates the UK's vision and…

Research Income for Business and Management 2020

Read our full analysis of the 2018/19 HESA data on business and management research income.

Business and Administrative Studies staff salary data analysed by ethnicity and gender

This report looks at academic and non-academic staff by salary range, gender and ethnicity, based on 2018-19 HESA data.

Corporate leadership on modern slavery

Background Addressing modern slavery is becoming a business-critical issue – essential for the credibility and legitimacy of a business in the eyes of all its stakeholders. On…

Consultation on Higher Technical Education

Read and download our full response to the consultation on Higher Technical Education

Consultation on Research Leadership in the Social Sciences

Read and download our full response to the consultation on Research Leadership in the Social Sciences

Smart Parks

Find out how the Internet of Things is improving management of green spaces.

NHS Quicker: Informing attendance choices for urgent care

A high-tech solution helps improve the allocation of healthcare services.

Working with the Welsh Government to change policy and practice in the delivery of adult social care

The team from Manchester Metropolitan University Business School take on challenges in recruiting domiciliary care workers.

Calculating the trade-off between short and long-term benefits in policy-making

Background There is significant expert disagreement on how the distant future should be valued relative to the present. In general, people have a strong preference to consume now…

Research Income for Law – 2013/14 to 2017/18

By request, we analyse the HESA data on Research Income for the Law subjects from 2013 to 2018.

Helping individuals into employment through improved policies and programmes

Find out how research into labour market policies has improved access to work.

Research Income for Business and Management 2019

Business and Management funding rose over 2017/18, but did not keep pace with inflation.

Consultation on the design of the KEF – Chartered ABS Response

Read and download our full response to the KEF Consultation

Consultation on the design of the KEF – our response

The Chartered ABS and its members believes that the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) has the potential to offer additional tools to universities to measure and evaluate elements…

Sport integrity: informing policy to tackle corruption in professional sports

Business and management research creates new tools for analysing match fixing, leading to real policy change

New index measuring the strength of patent systems shapes the decision making and strategic responses of firms and policymakers

Research from the University of Liverpool Management School results in an innovate new Index for assessing patent strength

Transforming palliative and end-of-life care for service users

Research connects providers to bring efficiency and dignity to palliative care

Delivering value through collaborative working in social housing

A new procurement model developed by business academics transforms the social housing sector

Making diversity everyone’s business: multi-level changes in institutional policy and practice

The University of Birmingham’s Enterprise and Diversity Alliance uses expertise to tackle the issues BAME entrepreneurs have in accessing finance.

Chartered ABS evidence and response to the draft guidelines for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

We respond to the published draft assessment criteria and guidelines for making submissions to Ref 2021

Consultation on draft guidance for REF 2021

The UK’s four higher education funding bodies published for consultation the draft guidance on making submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and the draft…

Widening Access to HE in Scotland

A team of Scottish researchers shed light on barriers to higher education with a rigorous evidence-based approach.

Addressing organisational challenges to improve malaria health care in southern Africa

Teaching a sustainable, regional approach to management empowers local health groups.

Cutting Carbon Footprints in the Service Sector

Training influenced by research from Southampton Business School now saves a typical hair salon £5,300 a year.

Improving decision making in organisations

Strathclyde Business School develops a high-tech solution for effective group decision making.

Delivering ‘public value’ through collaboration with policymakers & public service leaders

Cardiff's demand led approach to research enables policymakers to access and apply research evidence that improves policy making and delivery.

Revealing the factors which drive innovation, growth and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises

Producing intelligence on SME growth and performance for UK and international policymakers and practitioners.

Research funding for business schools revealed in latest Chartered ABS report

UK funding for business and management research in decline whilst funding from EU sources increase

Academic Journal Guide

The Guide outlines the range, subject matter and relative quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research.

The Impact of Executive Education report

We are pleased to publish our report on ‘The Impact of Executive Education: A Review of Current Practice & Trends’. The report explores how the outcomes of UK business…

Response to HM Treasury’s, “Financing growth in innovative firms”

In November 2016 the Prime Minister announced that HM Treasury would lead a review designed to strengthen growing innovative firms within the UK. The review explores long-term…

Pathways to Success: Strategic groups of UK business schools

Our analysis of business schools across the UK.

Response to Skills Commission Apprenticeships & Social Mobility Inquiry

On the 23rd of August, Chartered ABS carried out a survey measuring how reforms to the apprenticeship system are affecting social mobility amongst disadvantaged young people. This…

Research Income for Business and Management, 2017 report

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our annual report on research income for UK Business & Management

Response to second Research Excellence Framework Consultation

Read our full response to the second Research Excellence Framework consultation.

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…

Business, Improvement and Growth (BIG): Applying research to support SMEs

Learn more about the Business, Improvement and Growth (BIG) programme, designed to identify the drivers of growth and performance for SMEs in their local context and to help…

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. In our view the Stern Review needs to…

Research Income for Business and Management: 2010-2014

This report provides analysis of research income in the field of Business and Management for the years 2010/11 to 2013/14. The report tracks funding from a variety of sources and…

Regional economic impacts: input-output models and spatial econometrics

This impact case study is based on research concerning the estimation of regional economic impacts through input-output models (IO models) and spatial econometrics.

Developing and implementing ‘extended Business Reporting Language’ standards for online corporate reporting

Research by Birmingham Business School academics has contributed to the successful use of XBRL as the standard for mandatory on-line filing of company statutory accounts and tax…

Improving carbon accounting to drive better corporate carbon performance

Research from Francisco Ascui and Craig MacKenzie, Centre for Business and Climate Change Centre at Edinburgh Business School has improved the international practice of carbon…

Modelling economic impact for national governments

BU researchers, Professor John Fletcher and Professor Adam Blake, have developed and pioneered new approaches to estimate the economic impacts of tourism activities.

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…

Migrant workers and vulnerable employment

Research by Dr Steve French has influenced UK employment law and changed how policy makers and practitioners think about vulnerable employment.

Encouraging innovation: A changing framework for the financing of small-to-medium enterprises

Research led by Professor Paul Nightingale has been involved in working with policy-makers to evaluate the most effective schemes to provide finance and other support for SMEs.

Ensuring credit unions are fit for purpose

Professor John O. S. Wilson's research has sought to understand the growth, development, scale, scope, governance and performance of credit unions in different countries.

Employer Sponsored Volunteering

Dr Joanne Cook at the University of Hull and Dr Jon Burchell from the University of Sheffield led a research project on Employee Sponsored Volunteering (ESV).

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.

Addressing inequalities in health: Shaping the allocation of resources in the National Health Service

Research conducted by Professor John Wildman at Newcastle University Business School highlighted the issues with data and calculations used to understand the relationship between…

Improving the governance of sport organisations

Research undertaken by the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre on the broader sports sector has been used to improve governance practices across national governing bodies of sport.

Academic Journal Guide

The Guide outlines the range, subject matter and relative quality of journals in which business and management academics publish their research.

Improving Mental Capital and Wellbeing: A Foresight Programme

Professor Cooper was appointed lead scientist on the Mental Capital and Wellbeing Foresight project, commissioned by the UK Government Office for Science to inform its vision and…

Towards Fairer Compensation

Academics from Cass Business School have created a better model for calculating compensation which has resulted in fairer compensation for people making claims in the civil or…

Improving Labour Relations in Global Ports

The research of Cardiff Business School’s Professor Peter Turnbull has been central to port employers, trade unions and governments meeting challenges and has helped to establish…

Sports Integrity

Dr David Forrest, Dr Ian McHale and Dr Rob Simmons

Two academics from Salford Business School provide solid contributions in sports business through their research on sports integrity.

Cost-effectiveness of a gender-neutral vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Kingston University Business School's Professor Giampiero Favato joined and contributed to a multidisciplinary research programme (BEST), aimed to demonstrate the…

Sustainable environmental management in smaller ports

This impact case study profiles research to build the capacity of smaller ports to perform economically and grow more sustainably through interfacing the knowledge and skills of…

Achieving economic and environmental improvements in organisations through low carbon supply chain resource modelling

This research by Sheffield University Management School into supply chain resource modelling has had economic and environmental impact, helping businesses adapt operations to…

Working with Acas – informing advice, policy and guidance

The research has been undertaken in an economic and political context in which issues of workplace conflict resolution and downsizing have been central to public policy concerns

The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in UK Economic Development

Professor Sara Carter and Professor Eleanor Shaw

This research demonstrates that women entrepreneurs make important contributions to economic development, but are disadvantaged by initial under-capitalisation.

Performance Partnering on the Astute Submarine Programme

This research focused on the defense industry investigated how the power structures underpinning particular buyer-supplier relationships affected the supplier’s willingness to…

Increasing gender diversity in the boardroom by influencing national policy

Professor Susan Vinnicombe

Our research highlights the business case for women on boards, as well as seeking a better understanding of the reasons for lack of progress.

New Sustainable Business Model for Low-Volume Car Manufacturing

Mass car production is the world’s largest manufacturing sector, yet its historical development is poorly understood.

Evolution of business knowledge helps SME’s

This case study focuses on research led by Professor Richard Thorpe and Ossie Jones on management learning and leadership in small and medium‐sized enterprises.

The Impact of Business School Research: Economic and Social Benefits

Professor Robin Mason

We showcase some of the very best examples of “impact” coming from business schools across the UK in this publication.

Academic Journal Quality Guide 2007

Details for the Academic Journal Quality Guide 2007