Times Higher shortlists BBS for Business School of the Year

Published: Friday 26 October 2012
The Times Education Supplement

We are extremely pleased to announce that Brunel Business School has been shortlisted for Business School of the Year Award by the Times Higher Education. Only half a dozen of Business Schools have been shortlisted for the award and Brunel Business School is up against up against Cass, Manchester, LUMS, Exeter and Plymouth.

This title, new for 2012, will be awarded to the business school demonstrating the most outstanding performance in the past academic year. It is open to all business schools in the UK, including those situated within universities and those in the private sector. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in London on the 29th November.

Prof Zahir Irani, Head of School, explains the background behind our nomination.

Brunel Business School (BBS) set out a coherent long-term strategy to create a ‘balanced economy’ of teaching and research, transforming itself from a large undergraduate provider to a research-intensive, global competitor with an international complement of staff (over 55% foreign nationals). Focus on quality and student employability, with a managed reduction of undergraduate numbers, drove teaching improvements and enabled BBS to become selective in recruitment. Postgraduate provision, staff research time and PhD supervision also prioritised. Finally, the purpose built £28 million campus building is a highly visible sign of our commitment to this vision.

Eastern Gateway Building

In terms of student experience and return on investment we have:

  • Steadily driven up our entry tariffs;
  • Developed ‘Business Life’ as distinguishing employability programme both parallel to and embedded in the curriculum of all course modules. BBS’s National Student Survey results have jumped from 94th position in 2010 to 29th in 2011.
  • Launched international student study tours (to India and Turkey) for some Masters programmes, in line with new international strategy.

We cultivated Programmes and Partnerships, such as:

  • Positioned BBS globally, evidenced by Financial Times’ ranking of MSc in Management as 59th in 2010 and 56th in 2011 (overtaking Durham, Lancaster and Manchester).
  • The Guardian’s latest (2013) ranking for Business and Management saw BBS jump 52 places, to 45th.
  • Recently established alumni chapters in Turkey, China and India, with new ones to be announced shortly.

Our Research power continues to improve:

  • RAE2008 positioned BBS in the upper quartile for research, and we are on track to achieve top 15 position for ‘research power’ in the 2013 REF. Percentage of staff submitted jumped from 24% in 2001 to 90% in 2008; a further increase planned for 2013 REF.
  • Research diversity and international collaboration are strong features, with six recognised research centres, recent funding from EU, EPSRC, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy and Qatar Foundation.

Brunel University has been shortlisted for the prestigious University of the Year award and Brunel University Library has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support at the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. Brunel’s shortlisting for University of the Year comes on the back of strong improvement in the annual university league tables in which it was the most improved institution in the UK.

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