What are the top 32 business schools in the UK?

For our latest Top 32 list, Business Leader has profiled the UK’s leading business schools and the senior figures who run them.

How have the top 32 been chosen?

Many of our readership have spent time at these iconic educational institutions and they have suggested the names for this list.

However, if you feel there are other business schools that are deserving to be on it, please email editor@businessleader.co.uk and they will be included below.

This list is in no particular order.

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London Business School

Francois Ortalo-Magné

Ortalo-Magné is the ninth Dean of LBS, a position he has held since August 2017. He is leading a strategy focused on academic research and its impact, learning innovations and alumni engagement and inclusion, striving for gender parity and greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity. Since taking up the role, he has led the relaunch of the school’s brand, the growth of degree programmes and a significant increase in philanthropic support for scholarships.

Warwick Business School

Andy Lockett

The Dean of WBS, Lockett has been at the forefront of the school’s mission to produce world-class, cutting-edge research. His work on strategy and entrepreneurship has given him a worldwide reputation and he has been a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at WBS since 2010. As the leader of the largest department of the University of Warwick, the school offers both excellent facilities and a prestigious reputation to students who come from around 120 countries to learn at undergraduate, masters, MBA, and PhD levels.

London School of Economics and Political Science

Baroness Minouche Shafik

As one of the nation’s leading economists, Shafik is the Director of the school, and has held the role since September 2017. She has spent a career at some of the world’s leading financial institutions, including becoming the youngest Vice President of the World Bank at the age of 36. She has also worked with the UK Government, the IMF, and the Bank of England. Under her leadership, the school is the second ranked in the world for social sciences and management.

Imperial College Business School

Francisco Veloso

Veloso is a leading authority in innovation and entrepreneurship, whose research has focused on how firms and regions develop and leverage science and technology for economic growth. His work has included studies into the development of Silicon Valley and into the innovation and scientific impact of developing nations. He was appointed Dean of the Business School in 2017 after serving as Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Portugal’s leading business school, since 2012.

Cambridge Judge Business School

Mauro F. Guillen

Appointed in March this year, Guillen only took up the role as Director on September 1 2021, succeeding Professor Christoph Loch, who has been Director of the school since 2011. Since its creation in 1990, the school has regularly featured in leading publications as one of world’s leading educational facilities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and management.

Saïd Business School

Sue Dopson

Dopson was recently appointed as Interim Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the business school. Her research lies in the area of innovation, change and healthcare studies. She has led several research projects in the health service sector. These include the evaluation of work aimed at exploring evidence-based medicine, developing skills of healthcare managers, and investigating the changing role of healthcare assistants within the NHS workforce. Her most recent work involves exploring issues faced by women in their leadership journey.

University of Edinburgh Business School

Wendy Loretto

The University of Edinburgh Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and research, opening the doors to their first cohort of students in October 1919. Loretto is Dean of the Business School and Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and her main research field is age and employment, with a particular focus on changes in employees’ and employers’ attitudes and practices in extending working lives. She is especially interested in the ways in which gender, health and age interact to affect work and retirement experiences amongst older men and women.

Durham Business School

Susan Hart

Hart became Dean in July 2016. Susan is a recognised expert in product innovation and marketing management, an experienced business school leader and an established adviser to a range of international accreditation bodies and professional associations. She leads the three departments at the school: Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing. Her research interests include innovation and product-service development, marketing and competitive success and marketing performance measurement.

Lancaster University Management School

Angus Laing

Laing was appointed Dean in October 2015, and in addition to his role leading the school, he has been the Chair of the Association of Business Schools in the UK. He has responsibility for the strategic leadership of the faculty and membership of the wider Lancaster University leadership team. LUMS is one of the leading business schools in the UK, holding AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations. It is consistently ranked globally for the high level of graduates it produces.

Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University

Professor Robert MacIntosh

MacIntosh trained as an engineer and now specialises in strategy and change related work. He has held leadership roles in four business schools and is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law at Newcastle. He is also Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management. He has extensive experience working with, facilitating and researching strategy in a range of publicly traded firms, large public organisations and third sector organisations and has supervised a number of senior leaders from the US, Canada, Europe and the UK to doctoral completion.

Adam Smith Business School

John Finch

As Head of the Business School, Finch has led the organisation through a period of significant growth, development, and change. Being a triple-accredited business school with international reach and an emerging presence, its research-led and professionally-focussed school concentrates on finance and enterprise. As a leading Professor of Marketing, specialising in business-to-business marketing, his research has been published in Research Policy, Marketing Theory, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Business Research.

Leeds University Business School

Julia Bennell

Bennell has been the Executive Dean of Leeds University Business School since January 2020 and has led the school through the pandemic. The full-service business school is regularly ranked as a leading producer of business leaders and entrepreneurs, and one of a small number of schools worldwide to be triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. It delivers undergraduate, masters, MBA, PhD, executive and professional education, and online study to over 5,000 students from around 100 countries.

Bayes Business School

Paolo Volpin

Formerly Cass Business School, Volpin is the Interim Dean of the globally-renowned institution located in the heart of London. They are known for their world-class business education and close connections with industry leaders. The faculty members are experts in their fields, producing cutting-edge research with real-world impact. The school educates 4,000 students each year across all levels of study including undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education. On graduating, students join a strong alumni community of 50,000 from 160 countries.

Loughborough University School of Business and Economics

Professor Jan Godsell

Godsell has previously held senior roles at the University of Warwick, Cranfield University, ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and Dyson. She has advised government and industry on supply chain strategy and its relationship to industrial and business strategy. Speaking about her vision for the School, Professor Godsell said: “We’re excited to work with organisations to help solve the business challenges of the future, whether that’s through harnessing our research expertise or the high calibre of our graduates.”

University of Bath School of Management

Stephen Brammer

Established in 1966, Bath is home to one of the UK’s leading business schools. Brammer is recognised globally for his research in the fields of corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate reputation, stakeholder management, and sustainability. His research focuses on business ethics, CSR, and sustainability with an emphasis on firm-stakeholder relationships, the strategic management of these, and corresponding impacts on organisational performance and reputation.

Aston Business School

George Feiger

Executive Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor since 2013, Feiger has built a reputation delivering a strategy that has led the school to the forefront of world-class business research, to engage with enterprise, locally and globally, and to be one of the best business schools in the world for employability and social mobility. Aston aims to be a global leader in bridging the world of intellectual discovery and the practical needs for enterprise.

University of Sheffield Management School

Rachael Finn

This multidisciplinary school offers an environment for research and teaching within the world of business, employing over 90 academic staff. Sheffield has achieved ‘Triple Crown’ accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) since 2012 – this accolade puts them in the top 1% of business/management schools worldwide. Finn was appointed Interim Dean in July 2019 and her research lies within the field of organisation studies, with a particular focus on the realities of health and social care organisation. She also focuses on critical management and qualitative methodologies.

Henley Business School

John Board

Henley is a triple-accredited business school and part of the University of Reading. With campuses, offices, and partnerships around the world, over 7,000 students from more than 100 countries and over 80,000 alumni from 160 countries, they are a renowned international institution. Board has been Dean since October 2010, and his research has focused on the regulation of financial markets and the issues of market fragmentation, as well as the various scandals and crises in financial markets.

Nottingham University Business School

Duncan Angwin

The educational institution is an international, tri-campus business school with campuses in the UK, China, and Malaysia, with strong connections to the corporate world and highly rated influential research. Angwin is the Dean of the business school and is also Professor in strategic management. He is best known for his research into M&A industry. He has authored and co-authored 14 books, including Europe’s top-selling strategy textbook, Exploring Strategy.

Salford Business School

Dr Janice Allan

The contemporary business world operates on an increasingly global scale and this agenda sits at the very heart of how Salford Business School engages with its students and partner organisations. Appointed in February last year, Dr Allan leads on the transformation of the school to help strengthen its ties with industry leaders through the application of credible research. She aims to help the university deliver its vision of working with industry to strengthen its expertise in robotics, digital and smart living over the next few years.

Birmingham Business School

Catherine Cassell

A research-led, multidisciplinary, international business school, developing a new generation of global business leaders and entrepreneurs, Birmingham focuses its research on the key challenges that face our economy and our society, and are committed to making a difference. Professor Cassell is Dean of Birmingham Business School and is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of organisational psychology, with a particular interest in qualitative research methodologies. She also researches in the area of diversity and organisational change.

Cardiff Business School

Rachel Ashworth

As Wales’ leading business school, Ashworth leads the institution in helping it grow the business community across the country. She has served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School since September 2018 and is a Professor in Public Services Management. Her research can be viewed in relation to four key themes: organisational and institutional change in the public sector; scrutiny and accountability in public services, equality and diversity in public services and public service performance.

Oxford Brookes Business School

Tim Vorley

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading business schools and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, as well as strong links with business and industry. Vorley is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School, and the VCG lead for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. His research and publications are predominantly in the fields of entrepreneurship, enterprise, and regional economic development.

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Dominic Medway

Supporting industry and commerce in the city since 1889, MMU offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees as well as professional qualifications, many of which are recognised by industry associations. Home to 8,000 students, the faculty is one of the largest and most popular in the UK. Medway – who only took up the Pro-Vice Chancellor role in January – played a critical role in MMU’s successful EQUIS accreditation in 2019, helping to make it the first triple-accredited business school in a UK post-1992 university.

University of Exeter Business School

David Allen

Even though the school was only created in 2008, it has risen to become one of Europe’s leading destinations for business students. Allen joined the school in September 2016, but has had a long, successful career in education and business. As an entrepreneur, he has operated a trading company, founded a financial services strategic consultant firm, and worked with numerous multinational firms including Banco Santander, Diageo, Pfizer, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, La Caixa, Eli Lilly, and Amadeus.

Bloomsbury Institute

John Fairhurst

The Bloomsbury Institute offers four-year degrees, including a foundation year in business, law, and accountancy. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, as central London’s academic and intellectual hub, since 2002, they are perfectly placed to enable business in the capital to reach new levels. Fairhurst took up the role of MD and Academic Principal in September 2012, and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the Institute.

Leeds Beckett Business School

George Lodorfos

Based in the heart of Leeds’s thriving financial and business district, the school offers a range of innovative and varied courses covering subjects across the landscape of business. The school’s aim is to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life and provide access to knowledge and funding to develop thriving, sustainable firms. Dean Lodorfos has extensive practical and academic experience in the field of strategic management, R&D and adoption of new technologies and innovation.

University of Sussex Business School

Steven McGuire

Sussex’s school is one of the nation’s highest-ranking institutions when it comes to qualifications in management, economics, science, technology, and innovation studies – and its graduates have then used this to make an impact on the future of people and businesses the world over. McGuire has been Dean since 2015, and his research interests are international political economies, international business, and corporate political activity. He also serves on the council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Kingston Business School

Jill Schofield

Kingston has a number of accreditations, which recognises the high-quality and standard of its business degree offering. The AACSB Business Accreditation signals to the world that the school has met the most rigorous standards of excellence in business education. Schofield was appointed as Dean of the newly-formed Faculty of Business and Social Sciences in August 2018 and is responsible for the academic and resource management of the faculty. Her main research focus is on the implementation of policy initiatives.

Surrey Business School

Steve Wood

Surrey is nationally-renowned as one of the leading institutions for developing flexible business models that are fit for a constantly advancing digital world. They offer a wide variety of degree courses that have been designed to reflect the needs of society and industry. All courses are taught by world-leading academics whose research is having real world impact. Wood was made Dean in December 2019 and is currently responsible for 110 academic staff and 2,800 students. He has wide-ranging experience of academic leadership, including accreditation, the development of a Research Excellence Framework submission and forming business strategy.

Brunel Business School

Jane Hendy

Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest global standard for business schools with only 5% worldwide achieving this accolade, Brunel has forged a reputation as one of the nation’s leading educational locations for business leaders.

Hendy has been Dean since 2016 and her research is focused on large policy initiatives for government and applying organisational theory to leadership and innovation. She regularly sits on commissioning panels for national and international healthcare funding bodies.

Cranfield School of Management

David Oglethorpe

Cranfield School of Management is one of the oldest business schools in Europe. As part of Cranfield University, the UK’s only wholly postgraduate university, they are uniquely placed to connect technology and leadership. As well as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean since September 2019, Oglethorpe is also Chair in Environmental Sustainability and as a trained environmental and natural resource economist, David’s research has focused on the creation of, and demand for, externalities of production, principally food, taking a quantitative, operational research and mathematical modelling approach.

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Nottingham Business School

Baback Yazdani

NBS is reputed as the business school for business and is a Quadruple+ accredited business school. Baback was appointed in 2007 and has led the transformation NBS to develop an international reputation for Personalisation, Experiential Learning, and connectivity to business. NBS is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB, SBC and EFMD as well as being global PRME Champion.

Prior to NBS, Baback was the Director of Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover, and held senior academic positions at Warwick University. He is currently the Chair of Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), Board Member of European Foundation for Management Development’s (EFDM), Treasurer of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS). He is also former regional chairman of the CBI in East Midlands.