Ranked 2nd for Business and management in the Guardian University Guide 2017
This week the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Dinner 2016 took place on campus, celebrating the excellence of individual staff members and recognising their outstanding contributions to the University.
I am very happy to congratulate James McQuilken, a PhD student at Surrey Business School (SBS) working with Professor Gavin Hilson, who won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award in the Postgraduate Research category, for his research on mining in Africa. James has already produced a number of papers published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and his work has great impact with policy makers.
Furthermore, Dr Ben Shenoy, Senior Research Fellow with Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) and Director of the Business Insights Lab, was among the Finalists for the Vice-Chancellor’s “Award for Going the Extra Mile”, in recognition of his exceptional efforts above and beyond his role and responsibilities.
The annual conference of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) took place on November 14-15, 2016 in London. Professor Andy Adcroft, Professor Steve Wood and Surrey Business School (SBS) Dean, Professor Ansgar Richter represented SBS at this important gathering.
Two important topics dominated the programme and the conversations during the breaks. First, the internationalisation of business schools (and of the Higher Education sector in general), in particular following the Brexit decision in summer. Lord Karan Bilimoria, the Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership and Co-Chair, APPG for International Students, made a passionate plea to the UK government not turn its back on international students. Participants demanded greater clarity on issues such as immigration policy, student visas, and its relationships with its European partners.
The second important theme was the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF will draw on a range of existing indicators, including NSS scores, in order to classify HE institutions into three categories (bronze, silver, gold). Madeleine Atkins, CEO of HEFCE, explained that in the current year, the unit of analysis for this assessment is the overall institution (ie, the University), whereas in future years, it will be the subject area organisation (ie, the Business School).
Other sessions focused on issues as diverse as research excellence and impact, funding, faculty recruitment, accreditation strategies, professionalism in administration, and many others.
Beginning in October, Professor Ansgar Richter has started his post as Dean of Surrey Business School.
An organisation theorist by background, he has published widely on matters of strategy, organisation, and strategic human resources management.
Professor Richter has held positions at EBS Business School in Germany and University of Liverpool Management School, where he was Head of the Organisation and Management Group. He has taught widely at academic institutions in Germany, UK, USA, France, India, China and elsewhere, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and INSEAD. He also gained experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
‘‘I feel so privileged to have been invited to lead Surrey Business School in the next phase of its development. So far I have been inspired with confidence that we will succeed in our vision to be a leading interdisciplinary business school in the UK and beyond.
In realising this vision, we will put particular emphasis on innovation and impact. Our research centres – e.g., the Centre for the Digital Economy and the newly formed Centre for Leadership and Decision-Making – are great examples of this strength.
Further to this one of the things that attracted me to Surrey is its focus on the quality of the student experience. We aim to create a learning environment where you can thrive – in terms of your personal development, your intellectual skills, as well as your ability to put your learning into practice.’’
More information on his appointment can be found on his profile.
The University of Surrey has appointed Professor Ansgar Richter as the new Dean of Surrey Business School, ranked second in the UK for Business and Management and twelfth for Accounting and Finance by the Guardian University Guide 2017.
On 16 June SBS appointed a new Advisory Board, a key to steering and building on success to achieve the SBS vision of excellence
On 28 April the county’s business community came together to celebrate the success of not only the winners on the night but of the thriving Surrey economy in general.
At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with: