UK Bridge Programme 2017

Supporting business executives to teach in business schools

Sunday 25 - Friday 30 June 2017
Venue: Cass Business School, London

The Bridge Programme equips business executives with the skills and training to teach and work in leading business schools throughout the world. The programme is tailored to support corporate leaders and business executives make a successful transition into business school teaching.

In response to demand from UK business schools for more business leaders to teach on their programmes, the Chartered Association of Business Schools has collaborated with AACSB to provide a clear path to move from the world of business to the classroom. We draw on the expertise of a wide variety of visiting speakers, including professional educators, academics (who themselves have crossed the bridge from business) and experts in specific key aspects of teaching.

Participants who complete the programme will join an alumni of senior executives from Ernst & Young, BP, Coca-Cola and other companies, who now teach the next generation of business leaders throughout the world.

For further details, you can download the brochure here:

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Speakers include:


Professor Marianne Lewis
Cass Business School, City, University of London


Professor Pam Parker
Deputy Director, Learning Enhancement and Development,
City, University of London


Tony Sheehan
Associate Dean, Digital Learning
London Business School


Professor Julie Hall
Deputy Provost, Roehampton University
Former Acting Director, Roehampton Business School


Angela Dove
Learning Development Associate and Visiting Lecturer
Cass Business School

Professor Suresh Gamlath
Interim Dean
Claude Littner Business School, University of West London


Professor Margaret Price
Emiritus Professor
Oxford Brookes University Business School


Dr Aneesh Banerjee
Lecturer in Management
Cass Business School

Alison Sands
Academic Quality and Standards Manager

Cass Business School

“One thing is certain. Any graduate of the Bridge Programme goes into academia with their eyes wide open. They not only bring a wealth of business skills and experience— but also have a cultural sensitivity about how best to deploy them.”

Non-Executive Director, Turkish Bank Ltd


“Having begun my journey over the bridge to academia in 2014, this has been an amazing opportunity to pause, reflect and refine my skills as a higher education professional...I have returned…with a clearer view of how to provide a strong learning experience for students, both in the classroom and outside the classroom. Thank you for providing this opportunity to refine my craft and validate my new career choice.”

Director of Banking Initiatives, Queens University


“The Bridge Programme has opened a door of academic understanding. The programme leaders provided a skillfully crafted curriculum that is designed as an interactive experience.”

Vice President of Quality, Motorola

For more detailed testimonials, see the publication Views from Business Professionals Crossing the Bridge to Academia.

Based on the successful Bridge programme offered at top US business schools, this one-week intensive programme is designed to help participants:

  1. Learn how to create an engaging and motivating learning environment
  2. Understand how to plan, organise and deliver quality programmes
  3. Develop effective class management techniques
  4. Improve teaching skills to inspire and mentor today’s students
  5. Network within the business school community
  6. Prepare for the practical reality of teaching including technology, classroom management, and quality assurance.

The programme modules include:

  1. The business school context
  2. The wider university landscape
  3. The role of the educator
  4. How students learn
  5. Teaching and learning methodologies
  6. Managing the classroom
  7. Using technology
  8. Student panel discussion
  9. Assessment and outcomes

For further details and a programme outline, download the brochure


Professor Clive Holtham, Director, Cass Learning Laboratory, Cass Business School

After taking a master’s degree in management, Clive trained as an accountant and was Young Accountant of the Year in 1976. Following six years as a Director of Finance and IT, he moved to the Business School in 1988. His research interests include management learning and into the strategic exploitation of information systems. He has been an adviser to the European Parliament on educational technology, and led a major EU project on intangibles. In 2002 he was named as one of the top 3 e-tutors in the UK, and in 2003 was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship. In 2014 Clive was awarded the Cass Business School prize for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Clive is Director of the Cass Learning Laboratory which was founded in 2003 and continues to carry out research and development into innovative teaching and learning methods, both digital and analogue. From 2008, he was a founder and board member of, exploiting the web as a vehicle for informal management learning; he particularly was involved in creation of the world’s first online management soap opera.

Clive is currently focussed on high-engagement learning, including the use of online role-play simulations, working in collaboration with other schools across City University.

Clive is author of a large number of publications, and lectures, broadcasts and consults in the UK and internationally. He was a founding member of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, the City of London’s 100th livery company. Clive served as the Academic Coordinator for the first Bridge Programme.

The Bridge Programme has been designed for individuals with business executive backgrounds who teach, or want to teach, in business schools.

Applicants must have:

  • Five years’ professional experience related to their discipline of interest
  • In-depth industry knowledge, with significant levels of responsibility and expertise
  • A master’s degree or equivalent professional qualilfication
  • Little to no prior teaching experience


£3,630 (includes welcome and farewell dinners and course materials)

To apply, use the form on the AACSB website:

For enquiries and to express interest please contact:

Lisa Boulter
020 7634 9582