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.

Originally established as the School of Commerce in 1902, it is the oldest Business School in England.[1]

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. At the time it was England's first Faculty of Commerce but one hundred years later there are over one hundred Business Schools in the UK; Birmingham can perhaps therefore claim to be the ancestor of them all.

Ashley said in 1902 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, many with businesses waiting for their skills.

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 2002, the School celebrated its centenary and 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 international connections of the school goes back to the university's foundation, when Japanese and Russian students were among the first to arrive. Today, the Business school continues this international connection with 50 nationalities represented on the various MBA programmes alone.

Over the past 100 years it is estimated that more than 15,000 students have passed successfully through the School.


The Business School has over 130 teaching and research staff, many of whom are internationally recognised authorities in their fields as acknowledged by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, in which the Birmingham Business School was submitted under the Business and Management Studies sub-panel, and 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 2010 Birmingham Business School MBA was ranked 10th in UK [2] out of 100 business schools in the UK [3]

In the 2013 Economist 'Which MBA' rankings of the world's leading MBA programmes, The Birmingham MBA was ranked 85th globally and 12th in the UK and achieved high scores in a number of categories including career opportunities and personal development.

In The Guardian University Guide 2014, the school was ranked 9th out of 114 universities across the country in the Economics league tables and 14th in the Business and Management Studies tables.

Birmingham Business School is accredited by AMBA and EQUIS.

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Advisory Board[edit]

The School has a high profile International Advisory Board chaired by Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham and is made up of high-level executives. Board members include:


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:


  1. ^ "Birmingham Business School". The Independent (London: Independent News and Media Limited). 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-10-07. "History: The oldest business school in England. It was set up as part of the University of Birmingham in 1902. Birmingham was also the first English university to offer a business degree." [dead link]
  2. ^ "MBA". The Economist. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Research". EBK. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 

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