Student Experience

How learning technology can help you support and steer your students

Advances in technology have wrought many changes to education - and especially higher education - over the past two decades, with the internet blasting access to information far beyond the confines of the faculty library, and social connectivity literally enabling mass communication to occur at the…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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

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

Blended Learning: Embedding Technology in the Classroom

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Development

Publications

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 ‘patient’ finance as a means to enable firms to scale up. The Chartered ABS has submitted a response exploring if a…

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 was carried out in response to the Skills Commission's call for evidence, designed to ensure that the people who would…

National Student Survey 2017: Business and administrative studies results

Our analysis of the results of the 2017 National Student Survey.

Perspectives On: Sessional Staff

How can business schools support sessional staff to realise their full potential and, in turn, improve the student experience?

Response to HM Government Green Paper “Building our Industrial Strategy”

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our response to the Governments Green Paper "Building our Industrial Strategy".

Response to the NewDLHE consultation

Chartered Association of Business Schools

Our response to HEFCE's consultation on the NewDLHE

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.

Draft strategic guidance to the Institute for Apprenticeships: Chartered ABS response

Our response to the Governement's Draft strategic guidance for Institute for Apprenticeships 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 prospects.

Developing a more enterprising and innovative economy through the Edinburgh Napier and Fife Economy partnership

Edinburgh Napier University has developed an innovative growth accelerator programme in response to the Fife Economic Strategy 2013-2023 which aspires to ‘develop a more enterprising and innovative economy’.

Enterprise and Diversity Alliance at CREME (Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship )

The EDA is a unique grouping of public and private sector organisations dedicated to promoting diversity and enterprise.

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 translate this new knowledge into practice for business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs.

Active engagement with the regional economy and practitioners

Find out how Strathclyde Business School put their belief, in knowledge co-production and research excellence, into practice through active engagement with practitioners.

Providing growth equity to early stage companies through the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund

Find out more about the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund which is a £10 million venture capital fund, providing growth equity to early stage companies.

Supporting food suppliers to shape how businesses meet customer needs and achieve growth

This three-year initiative, led by CIBEP researcher, Dr Geoff Simmons and Professor Andrew Fearne (University of East Anglia) is focused on supporting Northern Ireland food suppliers make better use of market developments and consumer behaviour insights to shape how businesses meet customer needs…

Annual Membership Survey 2016

Annual snapshot of the trends and challenges in UK business schools

Perspectives On: International Student Mobility

Dr Monika Foster explores the benefits of international student mobility on the overall student experience.

Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies

Chartered Association of Business Schools

How business schools contribute to local and regional growth and productivity

National Student Survey 2016: Results for business and administrative studies

NSS results for 2016 showed that courses in business and administrative studies are highly regarded by the student body.

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

Our response to HESA's consultation on changes to the 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.

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. We recorded the support of members in promoting the importance of teaching, while also cautioning on the reliance of league tables based on subjective…

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 address the fact that the REF process has some negative influences on the choices of individual researchers and higher…

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 compares income with other subject areas, in particular STEM. In the field of Business and Management there is analysis…

UK business schools and international student recruitment

The Government’s current student visa policy is having detrimental effects on universities and the economy. This report focuses on recruitment trends of international students to the most popular course at university – business studies. International students studying business contribute £2.4…

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'. Overall, our members are encouraged…

Reflections on the role of the business school dean

This report provides insights into the motivations, expectations, and challenges of university-based business school deans.

Annual Membership Survey 2015

Chartered ABS Annual Membership Survey 2015 This report provides an annual snapshot and insights into some of the key challenges and trends in the UK business school sector.

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 computations introduced in the UK in April 2011.

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 accounting and driven positive action by influential investors on climate change.

Growing Your Small Business report

Growing Your Small Business A report published with the Chartered Management Institute which looks at how SMEs can work with business schools and professional bodies to improve their management capabilities in order to increase survival rates.

National Student Survey 2015: Table of results

The Chartered ABS provides a spreadsheet which ranks the survey results of students studying business and management at 130 institutions.

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 more effective adoption of technology.

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.

New Directions for Local Economic Renewal

Research conducted by the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at Manchester Business School has been used to develop a new approach to economic regeneration.

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 health inequality and income.

Perspectives On: Employability

Dr Paul Cashian, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, Coventry University with Prof. Julia Clarke, Pro-Dean for Student Education, Leeds University Business School; and Mark Richardson, Head of Worcester Business School

Is it time to move the employability debate on?

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 future policy.

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 criminal courts.

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 better labour relations in ports across the world.

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 cost-effectiveness of a gender-neutral HPV vaccination programme.

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 social scientists with managers

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 achieve carbon-reduction targets, whilst reducing costs.

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 collaborate, and the effects of any such collaboration on the performance of the supplier.

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.

Building the Leadership Capacity of UK Business Schools: A collection of thought pieces

This series of thought pieces observes the challenges and trends of leadership in business schools through contributions generated from our second annual ‘business school leadership pipeline’ workshop in October 2014.

Manifesto for Growth 2014

In September 2014, the association outlined its key pledges for the incoming government of the next general election in areas concerning STEMM, business education funding and international students.

21st Century Leaders: Building Practice into the Curriculum to Boost Employability

This joint report with the Chartered Management Institute and Quality Assurance Agency highlights the gap in the collaboration between employers and business schools. It suggests employers are looking for well-equipped graduates and business schools should do more to provide practical work…

Perspectives On: Anonymous Marking – For or Against?

This instalment provides a series of brief ‘perspectives’ on challenging learning and teaching issues authored by members of the Association of Business Schools' Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee.

Innovation Task Force Report: “The Role of UK Business Schools in Driving Innovation in the Domestic Economy”

This report identifies opportunities for practical action to increase the impact of British business schools on innovation and growth in the United Kingdom economy. It provides specific guidance for business schools and universities, for faculty and students, and for the government.

Policy Network Brochure 2013: Is it possible to Balance Student Demands with Business Needs?

This publication, which emerged from the 2013 ABS Policy Network meetings discusses current business and management education policy matters besides latest government opinion on business schools.

ABS Ethics Guide 2012

Introduction Business and management studies are a central component of the learning, teaching, research, enterprise and administrative work of nearly all universities in the United Kingdom. This work contributes to the development of hundreds of thousands of students each year as well as to the…

Academic Journal Quality Guide 2010

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Pillars and Annual Report 2010/11

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2010

Academic Journal Quality Guide 2009

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Academic Journal Quality Guide 2008

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Pillars and Annual Report 2007/08

This edition of the Pillars report focuses on sustainable economy and provides an account of the organisations’ finance for the year ending 2007.

Academic Journal Quality Guide 2007

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