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Bath School of Management joins top 1% of business schools worldwide

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The University of Bath School of Management has received the highest accreditation status from EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's (EFMD) quality inspectorate.

The School was granted the much coveted five year accreditation, placing it in the top 1%* of business schools worldwide.

EQUIS is the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. Its fundamental objective is to raise the standard of management education worldwide.

The Awarding Body was impressed with the significant progress made since the School was last accredited by EQUIS in June 2012. It took particular note of the School’s high quality international faculty and students, strong research culture and output, and attractiveness of the overall student experience.

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management said:

"We are extremely pleased to have been awarded the highly sought after five year EQUIS accreditation status by EFMD. This award reflects the University of Bath School of Management’s consistent approach to recruiting high calibre students, providing high quality programmes and delivering world class, impactful research. As Dean, I am delighted that the hard work of my colleagues across the School has been recognised in this way and I look forward to continuing our journey as a leading international School of Management."

Notes for Editors

EQUIS stands for European Quality Improvement System.  It is the quality assurance scheme run by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities, but also a high degree of internationalisation. With companies recruiting worldwide, with students choosing to get their education outside their home countries, and with schools building alliances across borders and continents, there is a rapidly growing need for them to be able to identify those institutions in other countries that deliver high quality education in international management.

EQUIS looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. A strong interface with the world of business is, therefore, as much a requirement as a strong research potential. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including programme design and pedagogy.

EQUIS is supported by a broad international body of academics and professionals. Deans of reputed academic institutions, HR and MD directors of major corporations, heads of national professional associations, consultants, and assessment experts form the pool from which the international peer review teams are drawn.

*According to the EFMD there are around 13,000 business schools in the world and only 83 hold five year EQUIS accreditation.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.