The University of Sheffield’s Management School has kept its place in the global elite thanks to once again gaining the stamp of approval from prestigious international accreditors, EFMD.
Accreditations from EFMD’s European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are collectively known as Triple Crown accreditation, an honour upheld by Sheffield University Management School since 2012 and bestowed on fewer than 60 business and management schools worldwide.
Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “I am proud to lead such an inspiring school. EQUIS accreditation is a highly prestigious mark of quality and another feather in our cap – although we are already in the top one per cent of schools worldwide, we are highly ambitious for the future and want to further enhance our reputation and that of the University on a global scale.
“EQUIS has critically examined our global presence and progress alongside programme provision, world-class learning environments, research and outreach. As an EQUIS accredited school, we must demonstrate a high degree of internationalisation. Across the globe, businesses recruit our students, and we welcome many overseas students every year. Also, we must create strong alliances across continents with institutions like ours. There is no reason why all of us shouldn’t aim to be international – not just as a school, but as students, researchers and professional staff too.”
Accrediting bodies look for qualities in a school that are unique – Sheffield University Management School’s research focus sets it apart from similar organisations. Professor Oglethorpe continued: “Our researchers are conducting world-leading studies, with an overarching focus on sustainability and socially responsible work practices. From analysing labour standards in Brazil and South Africa, to developing flood risk strategies in the face of climate change, and securing food supply chains, they are working to solve huge global problems.”
Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, Professor Andrew Simpson, said: “Continuous improvement is embedded in our staff’s and students’ approach to work and study, and we are committed to this as a strategy for the future.
“To achieve EQUIS we don’t simply have to maintain standards – the School must have advanced significantly in line with its strategy since the panel’s previous visit.”
Professor Simpson is spearheading the Management School’s international profile. He recently returned from a trip to Japan with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, where he met with other universities, organisations and alumni.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Gill Valentine, said: “I was delighted to hear of the Management School’s reaccreditation. The panel could not fail to be impressed by their excellent facilities, focused mission and vision, and world-leading staff – EQUIS cements their global reputation, and feeds into that of the Faculty and University.”
Sheffield University Management School is living and breathing the University and Students’ Union-formed #weareinternational campaign.