THE UNIVERSITY of Bradford’s business school has been recognised as the best in the country.
The ‘world renowned’ School of Management was awarded the Business School of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021, which is widely regarded as ‘Oscars of higher education’.
It’s the first business school to be jointly accredited by AMBA (the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education) and BGA (gold-standard quality assurance achievement) in England, and in February this year, its MBA was ranked No.1 in the world for value for money by the Financial Times.
Members of the School, including Professor Sankar Sivarajah (Head of School), Professor Amir Sharif (Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences), Professor Vishanth Weerakkody (former dean) and others, attended a celebration dinner at Hilton London Metropole Hotel on Thursday, November 25.
Prof Sivarajah said: “This is a real honour for our staff and everyone who have contributed to the successful development of the School and continuing to do so. Much of the work for this award was focussed on the period during the pandemic when we were actively engaged in supporting students and the community, launching a number of initiatives that really did make a difference to people. Business school should add value to society and so this award means a lot.”
Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Innovation & Quality) said: “I’m so proud of this award and recognition and absolutely delighted for the team – but I’m even more delighted for Bradford. This is a powerful recognition by our peers in the sector that we are doing the right thing for our students, our staff and our community. Many congratulations to everyone who contributed to this amazing achievement.”
The School was shortlisted in September – its application cited numerous innovations and initiatives from the last 12 months, including, an MSc course in AI and Data Analytics to help mature students gain new skills and a ‘career booster’ programme, designed to give industry knowledge to students.
The THE Award judging panel stated: “The University of Bradford’s School of Management has focused on becoming an engine of economic and social regeneration and focused on helping graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds.This was an impressive entry, showing a very clear strategy”.
The news comes just one day after the University was awarded the coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its world-leading work in developing archaeological technology and techniques.