Bristol university shortlisted at Times Higher Education Awards

New £55m UWE business school building

UWE’s Bristol Business School has been shortlisted for the Business School of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017.

This nomination is welcomed by the Executive Dean Donna Whitehead, who said that making the Times Higher shortlist is the culmination of a fantastic year.

She said: “It is wonderful to be nominated for this coveted accolade especially in a year where we have seen our investment in a state of the art building come to life. The building is a symbol for the way we approach business education with an emphasis on practice-based learning enhanced by the way we relate to and engage with thousands of business partners in the region.

“The new purpose built business school has completely moved away from traditional learning spaces and greatly expanded the use of technology-enhanced active learning to allow for greater co-creation and student-led problem solving. We have created an ambitious, creative and inspiring place for our students, staff and the business community.”

The School is distinctive in five areas: engagement with businesses and the region; enterprise, practice led teaching and learning, internationalisation and research that is shaping the future of organisations.

The award submission was based around the business school’s performance during the academic year 2015/16 in which it performed strongly in the areas of enterprise and practice based learning, engaging with business and impactful research.

Student satisfaction rates are excellent, as evidenced by scores in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), for example, 100% on BA Business and Human Resource Management and 98% on BA Economics; and businesses in the region routinely describe the school as responsive, innovative and engaging.

Whitehead said: “We have embraced new learning methods, such as the BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship, where we achieved an NSS personal development score of 98%. Employability rates are impressive with 95% of our students in work and 75% in professional and managerial roles/further study six months after graduation.

“Enterprise is embedded within all of our courses ensuring that all students graduate as resilient, agile and able to deal with a working environment that is constantly changing.”

Professor Steve West, President and Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said: “The Bristol Business School deserves to win Business School of the Year. Our strategic objectives are bold and distinctive and we are proud to open up opportunities to thousands of students who go on to become business leaders.

“I am proud of what the staff team has achieved and grateful to the hard work from across the university that has led to this recognition by making the Times Higher Education awards shortlist in this important category. Good luck to us!”

The awards dinner and ceremony when the winner will be announced will take place on Thursday 30 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.