The Impact Factor film reveals the vital role of UK business schools

We are proud to launch this film to showcase the incredible work of UK business schools.

The Chartered Association of Business Schools has partnered with ITN Productions to launch ‘The Impact Factor,’ a news and current affairs-style programme reporting on the often unheralded impact UK business schools have on the UK’s economy and on society more widely. From Airbus in North Wales, to a successful tech start-up in the Midlands, to hairdressers in Southampton, all have benefited from working with their local business schools.

Globally acclaimed for their outstanding academic achievements, unparalleled industry exposure and a culture that encourages innovation and creativity, the UK’s business schools are a critical part of the UK higher education sector and contribute more than £13bn to the UK economy every year. Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, ‘The Impact Factor’ gives an unprecedented insight in to those at the forefront of academic excellence in our business schools across the country, and underlines the value their far-reaching impact has on UK productivity and beyond.

The programme can be viewed in it's entirety above.

Why business schools matter

Business schools are a catalyst for innovation, capable of building strong, research-led partnerships with organisations of all sizes in the UK and around the world. This research helps to tackle real-world problems in business and daily life and has the potential to address the productivity challenges in the Government’s industrial strategy. Through world-leading management education the UK’s business schools teach more students than any other university subject, including a third of all international students studying in the UK. This is delivered through well-known MBA programmes and across undergraduate courses, specialist Master’s degrees, and management apprenticeships programmes. Combined these courses bring in £5bn per year in course fees to universities and help build the UK’s academic and business reputation at home and abroad.

Our Chief Executive Anne Kiem, who gives an interview in the programme, highlights the opportunities and challenges that face UK business schools today.

“UK business schools are already among the best in the world in teaching the managers of tomorrow and addressing societies grand challenges through research. Unfortunately, these contributions often go unrecognised. This programme shows why business schools deserve the same level of attention from policymakers as other leading disciplines, and what they can achieve with the right infrastructure and support. We are proud to present this project as evidence of why business schools matter.”

Elizabeth Fisher-Robins, Head of Industry News, ITN Productions says: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Chartered Association of Business Schools to help illustrate how a business school education can add value for students and businesses alike and to highlight business schools as the best place to train managers and as a home for research and thought leadership on business.”

Participants and featured cases

‘The Impact Factor’ combines a series of authoritative interviews, reports, and case studies from leading business schools who are creating industry-leading research, improving education standards and developing future business leaders: University of Edinburgh Business School, Bath Business School, Warwick Business School, University of Bedfordshire Business School, BPP University School of Business and Technology, University of Southampton Business School, Edinburgh Napier University Business School, Ulster University Business School, University of Portsmouth Business School, Queen's Management School at Queen's University Belfast, Brunel Business School, Adam Smith Business School, Canterbury Christ Church Business School, Derby Business School, Cass Business School, Hull University Business School, York Management School, Coventry Business School, and Bristol Business School.

We are also grateful to UCL School of Management, Regent's Business School, ESCP Europe, Chester Business School, UCLan School of Business and Enterprise, Aston Business School, Alliance Manchester Business School, and all of those schools, businesses, and industry leaders who have helped make this project a reality.

Only have ten minutes to spare?

You can watch a showcase version of the film below, featuring key takeaways from each of our 25 case studies.