Ashridge Business School

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Ashridge Business School
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Established 1959
Type Business school
Admin. staff 400 +
Location Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Ashridge Business School is an independent, non-profit making organisation, near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, England. Its activities include open and tailored executive education programmes, MBA, MSc and Diploma qualifications, organisation consulting, applied research and online learning. Ashridge works with private and public organisations from around the world. It is based at Ashridge House, one of the largest Gothic Revival country houses in England.


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The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921 when the house was acquired by a trust established by Andrew Bonar Law, a former Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a "College of Citizenship" established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the Fabian Society.[1] It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser. After the War the "College of Citizenship" was briefly re-launched but in 1959 it was re-launched again as a College to provide management training.[2]

Academic performance[edit]

In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world.[3]


Ashridge Business School is constituted as a registered charity, formally named The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, and is one of the 150 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[4]

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "A glimpse at the archives of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History, Volume 19, Issue 1. 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ashridge College". Rural Heritage Trust. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Bigger and better: the 2014 ranking
  4. ^ "Top 500 Charities – Expenditure". Charities Direct. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°47′57″N 0°33′35″W / 51.79917°N 0.55972°W / 51.79917; -0.55972