Birmingham Business School

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Birmingham Business School
Birmingham Business School.jpg
Established 1902
Type Business School
Dean Professor Simon Collinson
Location Birmingham, England
Campus Urban, Suburban
Affiliations University of Birmingham

Birmingham Business School is the business school of the University of Birmingham in England, located in University House, a former hall of residence in Edgbaston that has been refurbished to provide new teaching and research facilities.

The Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD research degrees and MBA full-time and executive programmes. The Birmingham MBA is also taught in Singapore, Guangzhou and Hong Kong as part of a collaborative arrangement with different universities.

History and background[edit]

In 1901, Sir William Ashley took the first Chair of Commerce at the school, where he fostered the development of its commercial programme. From 1902 until 1923 he served as first Professor of Commerce and Dean of the Faculty, which he was instrumental in founding.

Ashley said that the aim of the new Faculty was the education not of the "rank and file, but of the officers of the industrial and commercial army: of those who, as principals, directors, managers, secretaries, heads of department, etc., will ultimately guide the business activity of the country".

In its first year, the annual costs of the Faculty, including staff salaries, were £8,200. There were six students, a lecture room and two classrooms. By 1908, fifteen men had graduated from the School.

From 1914 till 1919, University House became a nurses home during World War I. In 1964 the building became a mixed halls of residence until 2002, where it was closed due to the condition of the building and the changing living requirements of students.

In March 2005 University House was officially opened by Sir Dominic Cadbury as the Business School's new £20m home. In 2008, the School expanded to add the Department of Economics to its list of departments that already included Accounting and Finance; Management; Marketing.


The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, in which Birmingham Business School was submitted under the Business and Management Studies sub-panel, 90% of research activity submitted by the School was rated as being of international standing.

The school has a number of research centres focusing on a range of topics including International Finance, Strategy and Procurement Management, Industrial Strategy, and EU-South East Asia Trade.

Rankings and accreditation[edit]

In The Guardian University Guide 2014, the school was ranked 16th out of 114 universities across the country in the Economics league tables and 22nd hin the Business and Management Studies tables.

Birmingham Business School, along with just a handful of the world’s business schools, holds the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the AACSB, the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


Birmingham Business School at night

The current Dean of Birmingham Business School is Professor Simon Collinson, who joined in 2012.

Previous Heads of School have included:


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Coordinates: 52°26′58″N 1°55′31″W / 52.4495°N 1.9253°W / 52.4495; -1.9253