Association of Business Schools

Professional Managers' Conference

Thursday 11th - Friday 12th December 2014

Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA

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Welcome - #ABSManagers

With more students than any other subject area, the management and administration of business schools needs to remain at the forefront of progress and responsive to the changes in higher education pedagogy, funding and delivery.

Our conference agenda this year will feature special sessions on:

  • The Employability Agenda
  • Effective Business Engagement
  • International Strategy, Partnerships and Outputs
  • Diversity in the Workplace

Like all large organisations, business school management and administration has to cope with changes in legislation, new ways of working, new staff and student entitlements.

This conference will look at the key challenges for business school managers and administrators in providing stability, while implementing significant changes.

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What can you expect?

Want to know what you can expect from this year's conference? Watch Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Aston University discuss "The role of professional staff in running UK HEIs" at last year's event:

Objectives of the conference

This conference will bring together the expertise of senior managers contributing to UK Business Schools and business and management education - pooling business intelligence, setting the agenda for the year ahead and hearing from leading experts and management leaders.

Business and management education students are some of the highest paying and business critical to the wider university. Senior professional managers supporting academics now deal with the most diverse and complex mix of students at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level, combining full-time, part-time and online students from all over the world with new types of curriculum and diverse sponsors.

Speakers include:

Dr Andy Earwaker
Chair, Professional Managers Committee, Association of Business Schools and Faculty Manager, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth 

Dr Phillipa Towlson
Deputy Chair, Professional Managers Committee, Association of Business Schools and Head of Operations and Administration, Anglia Ruskin University 

Professor Rita Marcella
Dean, Aberdeen Business School

Professor John Lennon
Acting Dean, Glasgow School for Business and Society and Director, Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University

Yvonne Beach
Associate Dean Strategic Projects and Plans, Sheffield University Management School

Vicky Dodd
Student Experience & Experience Manager, Anglia Ruskin University 

David Levinson
Assistant Director (Career Management), Careers Service, Newcastle University 

Jane Gotts
Director of International Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University 

For further information contact:

Paul Rushworth on 020 7324 4330 or email

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