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Highly commended: How SUMS impressed AACSB

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017


L-R: Bob Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer from AACSB, with Yvonne Beach, Prof David Oglethorpe and Prof Andrew Simpson from the Management School

Pictured above (L-R): Bob Reid, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer from AACSB, with Yvonne Beach, Prof David Oglethorpe and Prof Andrew Simpson from the Management School

From an intensive focus on careers, to impact on organisations and commitment to the mission and vision, Sheffield University Management School has received standout feedback from accrediting body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

In April, the School announced that it has been awarded another five years of accreditation from AACSB, further to a visit from their peer review team comprising Deans from thee other international business schools. Amongst the formal feedback from AACSB are a number of strengths, innovations, features and practices which they have chosen to commend.

The panel praises the School’s research, employability initiatives and its work with organisations, highlighting how these activities link back to a recognised mission and vision used by the Dean, Prof David Oglethorpe, to embed socially responsible and sustainable practices throughout.

A research-driven environment which impacts on learning and teaching is core to the School, and the University as a whole. AACSB’s panel credited this approach, also noting that toolkits deriving from academic research projects had contributed positively to a variety of organisations, including the International Labour Organisation.

This link with business was also recognised as excellent in the context of Futures First, the School’s student employability initiative which draws on expertise and knowledge from its advisory board members, whose high profile day jobs inform some of the content.

Professor Oglethorpe said: “I’m so incredibly proud of the School, which has once again been granted the full five-year accreditation from AACSB. This is a wonderful result and testament to everything we have all worked very hard towards.

A further five years of AACSB accreditation cements Sheffield’s position as having a top one per cent global business school.

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AACSB were impressed that the School’s mission and vision were embedded throughout the School

Management School secures triple crown with AACSB accreditation

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Sheffield University Management School has been awarded another five years of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB panel visited in February and undertook a rigorous two-day audit of our activities, meeting with professional and academic staff to discuss every aspect of the School.

Dean of the School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “I’m so incredibly proud of the School, which has once again been granted the full five-year accreditation from AACSB. This is a wonderful result and testament to everything we have all worked very hard towards.

“The panel, comprising three business school international deans from the US and China, were incredibly impressed by all the faculty, staff and students they met – particularly by the extent to which the mission, direction and values of the School were shared across the School and all of our activities. They remarked that the standard of our research and teaching was at a very high level and the professional support we enjoyed was amongst the best they’ve seen.

He concluded: “This is a milestone accreditation for us and ensures we retain our triple crown, which puts us in the top one per cent of business and management schools worldwide.”

Global entrepreneurship education conference comes to the Management School

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Sheffield University Management School is hosting the 2017 EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference, from 8- 10 March 2017.

As home to the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), a team of researchers focused on enterprise and entrepreneurship, whose expertise feeds into our Masters in Entrepreneurship and Management, the School is committed to advancing knowledge through research insights and communicating its work to policymaking and practitioner communities to promote stronger entrepreneurial environments in the UK and internationally.

Director of CREED, Professor Tim Vorley, is leading the event. He said: “Researchers and practitioners in the field of entrepreneurship continue to push the boundaries about what we understand about entrepreneurs and how they operate. This has important implications for entrepreneurship education, both in terms of what leading businesses and management schools teach and how they teach it.

“Entrepreneurship education is no longer characterised by classes on start-up and business plan assessments. Over the past five years the EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference has showcased a range of pedagogic approaches and practices at the frontiers of the field. In 2017 the theme of the EFMD conference focuses on ‘Entrepreneurship inside Organisations’ as an area of entrepreneurship and management education that is growing in interest.”

Working closely with businesses and organisations of all sizes, both on our doorstep and globally, is essential to all aspects of Sheffield University Management School; by doing this our research is informed by practitioners, our students benefit from a comprehensive employability programme, and we know we’re teaching cutting-edge material across all courses.

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Dr Robert Wapshott, said: “Students at business schools, from graduates to executives, are increasingly concerned with the question of how to foster entrepreneurship inside organisations, which for academics and entrepreneurship educators leads us to rethink the learning environments we’re developing. Through the conference participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own professional practice.”

The notion of entrepreneurial practices occurring within organisations is increasingly regarded as a driver of productivity and profitability. During the conference, keynotes, sessions and workshops will explore how companies have come to approach the challenge of becoming more entrepreneurial and what this means for entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurial educators.

Click here to find out more and book your place.

Environmental credentials grow at SUMS

Friday, May 6th, 2016


As part of its commitment to environmental behaviour, the Management School has been awarded a Green Impact Bronze award.

Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme, run in over 50 universities across the UK. It involves both staff and students, bringing them together to green their institutions and create positive change. Dr Sonal Choudhary, lecturer in sustainable management (pictured above), founded the Management School departmental team in 2015 and it has grown quickly, both in size and visibility.

Aligning neatly with the School’s dedication to socially-responsible behaviour, Sonal has led the team to great success – not only securing the bronze accreditation, but also raising awareness of opportunities to save energy and recycle around the school.

She has been nominated for the Community Action Award at the Green Impact awards ceremony on 20 May 2016 for her work on a first-year module, Business Challenges. In 2015, Sonal set the Eco Challenge (linked to the NUS’s Switch Off campaign) to six teams of undergraduates who were tasked with reducing energy and water consumption in student housing, as well as increasing recycling activity. The teams worked closely with the NUS’s environmental advisor and saw great success in particular flats – in fact, their efforts led to a five per cent reduction in energy usage and more awareness around sustainable ways to recycle.

A student member of the Management School’s Green Impact team, Jad Soubra, has also been nominated for the Best Team Member award for his contribution as Green Impact auditor. Taking on the role in a voluntary capacity, the BA International Business Management third-year was inspired by Sonal’s Corporate Social Responsibility module.

Jad said: “The module, which involved analysing the detrimental effects of corporations on the environment and discussing what is being done to lead the business world towards socially responsible future, furthered my existing passion for sustainable development and the climate change movement, so when the opportunity to take part in Green Impact presented itself I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I was also both very excited and proud to hear that this was the first year of the Management School’s involvement in the scheme and requested to work with the School’s Green Impact Team.

“The training was enjoyable and informative. Initially we were introduced to the Green Impact scheme and how it operates. To prepare us for the year ahead, we were divided in teams and asked to complete some situational tasks which we were likely to come across when working with our Green Impact Teams. We also had skills building sessions on Team Management and Behaviour Change. Since the majority of my other teamwork experiences have been with my peers, I have found it very interesting working directly with Management School staff. I also found it motivating to be given the platform to help generate positive change within my department. I have come out of this role with far more knowledge, skills and competencies that I am certain will help me in the future.

“Firms all over the globe are increasingly concerned with the environment and how to minimise their harmful impact and many seek to employ those who share these values. My work with Green Impact has proven my interest in and dedication to this cause and will continue to do so in the future.”

Watch this space for news from the awards.

The Management School shines with five-year AMBA accreditation

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Sheffield University Management School has been reaccredited for the maximum five-year term by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

After a rigorous two-day visit to the School, the AMBA panel were happy to grant four of the Management School’s Business Masters programmes a five-year accreditation – improving on our previous three-year award.

Dean of the Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “Five further years of AMBA accreditation is superb news and testament to the School’s continued hard work and professionalism.

“The panel gave us several commendations around leadership, ongoing development of internationalisation plans, facilities and professional service support. I’m delighted that these comments demonstrate that running a world-class Management School is a whole-team effort – everybody contributes and should feel proud. Maintaining our AMBA accreditation also secures our Triple Crown status, and keeps us in the top one per cent of Management Schools worldwide.”

The Sheffield MBA, MSc Management, MSc Management (International Business) and MSc International Management are the four programmes that retain accreditation, and join a global elite of courses to be approved by AMBA. The expert panel, comprising an AMBA representative and senior figures from other accredited universities across the world, were impressed by our collegiality, programme management and methods of diversifying and integrating international students.

Echoing Professor Oglethorpe’s comments, the panel praised ‘the loyalty, enthusiasm and dedication’ of all School staff, referencing a ‘tangible atmosphere of cooperation and common purpose’. They also commended our excellent level of pastoral care structure and the impressive measures the School has taken to ensure retention and development of academic staff.

Graduates of AMBA accredited programmes have the assurance of quality – they can be certain that the courses at Sheffield are thoroughly assessed, both on curriculum content and potential impact on future career prospects. Studying at a school with such international credibility also gets noticed by employers.

Professor Oglethorpe concluded: “The School has made huge steps in recent years. I’m immensely proud of our continued process and am delighted that this has been acknowledged by AMBA’s international panel.”

Sterling commitment gains SUMS silver award from the Small Business Charter

Monday, April 20th, 2015


The Small Business Charter, which brings leading business/management schools and SME communities across the UK together, has awarded Sheffield University Management School a Silver Charter Award in recognition of our active participation in supporting start-ups and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). This complements the School’s Triple Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

This award demonstrates the School’s efforts to engage with SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, welcomed the news: “We were thrilled to hear from the Small Business Charter regarding our silver award. Unique to the region, collaborating with SMEs and start-ups is part of the culture at the University of Sheffield and the Management School and it’s great to see these efforts acknowledged at such a high level.

“Working with organisations of this size is of benefit to a number of stakeholders: our students gain an inspiring insight into how businesses run and the world of enterprise; our research diversifies and in turn benefits the sector; and the SMEs and start-ups we work with can freely access our academic expertise and utilise talented, enthusiastic students.”

The mutual benefits are key to the success of working closely with this sector of industry and we have always maintained a strong connection with Sheffield City Region’s business community. Anchoring the support of small organisations within such a large infrastructure can be seen throughout the University and the Management School works closely with the Enterprise Centre (USE) and students in Enactus to ensure that we are a fundamental catalyst for entrepreneurial activity across the whole institution.

Our Employability Hub regularly advertises opportunities for students to work alongside SMEs and start-ups and enterprise culture and entrepreneurship are built into the School’s curriculum – from BA to MBA level, we want our students to have real-life insight into these inspiring organisations.

SMEs can first make contact with the School by visiting the Management Gateway – – a hub for organisations and any external activity we engage in. Networking opportunities, ways to engage with our students and expert consultancy are just a few of the opportunities facing businesses who engage with us, and now we hold the Small Business Charter silver award, it opens up even more possibilities.

Sheffield University Management School hopes that this accolade will further clear the path for SMEs and start-ups who are interested in working alongside us. Collaborating with a top one per cent management school presents numerous opportunities for enthusiastic young businesses looking to consult with experts, work with our students, network and access additional sources of growth funding.

Our commitment to enterprise is unique in the Sheffield City Region, and everyone is set to benefit.

The Small Business Charter

University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8,000 small businesses – working with them through a range of support including on-site incubators with dedicated space for students and small businesses to start up and grow.
The Small Business Charter originated following Lord Young’s report ‘Growing Your Business’, which was aimed at bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs closer together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. Delivered in partnership with the Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses.