Association of Business Schools

Annual Conference

Monday 10th - Tuesday 11th November 2014

Hilton London Wembley, Lakeside Way, Wembley, HA9 0BU

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This event has now taken place

Over 180 participants registered for the largest ever ABS Annual conference
Including international participants from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and USA.

If you missed out, don't worry - the whole conference is available to view online on demand here.

As an example you can watch a presentation below on "Benchmarking quality" made by Dan LeClair, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AACSB International from Day 2 of the conference:


What delegates had to say:

“Excellent engagement with senior business school colleagues.  A unique opportunity to share and reflect.  Overall an excellent event – again.”  
Dr David Russell

“A considered presentation of issues of current importance, set in a well organised context.”
Chris Blackburn

“Two days well spent”  
Dr Zoe Dann

The ABS Annual Conference is the UK's leading business and management education strategy event in the UK.

SPEAKERS: We were delighted that The Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills gave the keynote address on day two of the conference and that John McTernan, Political Advisor, Strategist and Commentator; Former Communications Director to Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia and Political Secretary to Tony Blair gave the after dinner speech on day 1 of the conference.

Other Speakers included:

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills

Steve Pateman
Head of UK Banking, Santander UK 

Paul Woodgates
Head, Global Education Practice, PA Consulting  

Ann Francke
Chief Executive, Chartered Management Institute

Dan LeClair
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AACSB International

John Widdowson
Principal, New Durham College; Chair, Mixed Economy Group

Professor  Jane Harrington
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business & Law, University of the West of England

> View the agenda

UK business schools face a number of challenges from the disruptive changes in learning and teaching methods and technology; the changing global market; and the battle for talent in the academy. Understanding how to address these challenges, develop value-for-money solutions and respond to student demands will be key to continuing success for UK business schools (seeking to demonstrate impact on business, the economy and society).

This conference is for deans, assistant and associate deans, senior business school academics and university pro-vice-chancellors and will be of interest to colleges delivering executive education and employers looking for executive graduates.

Conference themes:

  • Delivering Impact
  • Understanding Disruptive Forces in HE
  • Experiential Learning & Innovation
  • Learning and Teaching reform
  • People Management
  • Projecting Global Diversity
  • Research Excellence Framework strategies
  • Business Engagement approaches
  • Internationalisation and partnerships

2014 workshops options:

  • Disruptive changes in markets for UK business schools, UK talent challenge of an aging academy, and global competition
  • Providing reform of learning and teaching
  • Differentiation, branding and marketing between schools
  • Ethics in business in a 21st Century curriculum
  • The changing role and sources of research funding
  • Demand for experiential learning and work based learning
  • Executive education students and employers
  • New funding streams and sources of revenue available to business schools
  • Differentiation and engagement strategies in local and regional markets
  • Differentiation in specialist centres and clusters of academic expertise
  • International collaboration strategies
  • Competition and disruption from new market players
  • Relationships with large scale professional and qualifications organisations
  • Specific engagement strategies with SME’s locally and in markets
  • Expectations of business schools from their universities and business communities
  • Engagement with Science Technology Engineering and other disciplines
  • International use of agents and third parties in recruitment
For further information contact:
Paul Rushworth on 020 7324 4330 or email

Click here to register