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Birmingham Business School

Birmingham Business School (BBS) is the business school of the University of Birmingham in England. Originally established as the School of Commerce in 1902,[1] Birmingham Business School is the oldest business school in the United Kingdom.[2][3]

Birmingham Business School
Birmingham Business School.jpg
Type Business School
Established 1902
Dean Professor Glyn Watson
Location Birmingham, England
Campus Suburban
Affiliations University of Birmingham


History and backgroundEdit

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.

A brand new £10m postgraduate teaching centre, the Alan Walters Building officially opened in December 2016.[4]


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.

Accreditation and MBA rankingsEdit

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 (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). In 2016 School achieved a "world's first" receiving AMBA accreditation for a wholly online MBA programme; the School's Distance Learning MBA.[5] The Birmingham MBA is also taught part-time in collaboration with SIM University in Singapore and Jinan University in Guangzhou.

The Birmingham MBA has been consistently ranked in the major MBA league tables and it was once ranked the UK's top full-time MBA programme in the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2004 global MBA ranking.[6][7]

Year The Financial Times Global MBA ranking The Economist Full-time MBA ranking
2016 92th [8] Yet to be published
2015 95th [9] 89th
2014 Unranked 93th [10]
2013 Unranked 85th [11]
2012 86th [12] 84th [13]
2011 68th [14] 70th [15]
2010 75th [16] 68th [17]
2009 83th [18] 67th [19]

Notable peopleEdit

Birmingham Business School at night

Notable alumniEdit


The current Dean of Birmingham Business School is Professor Glyn Watson, who joined in 2016. Previous Heads of School have included:


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  2. ^ "Birmingham Business School". Independent. 12 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "These are the 9 British universities that produce the most CEOs". Business Insider. 29 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Alan Walters Building". University of Birmingham. 2016. 
  5. ^ "Accreditation and rankings". University of Birmingham. 2017. 
  6. ^ "MBA ranking". Go Charter. 2007. 
  7. ^ "Brum MBAs lead". The free library. 2004. 
  8. ^ "Global MBA ranking 2016". Rankings. 2016. 
  9. ^ "Global MBA ranking 2015". Rankings FT. 2015. 
  10. ^ "University of Birmingham – Birmingham Business School". Economist. 2014. 
  11. ^ "University of Birmingham – Birmingham Business School". Economist. 2013. 
  12. ^ "Global MBA Rankings 2012". Rankings FT. 2012. 
  13. ^ "University of Birmingham – Birmingham Business School". Economist. 2012. 
  14. ^ "Global MBA Rankings 2011". Rankings FT. 2011. 
  15. ^ "University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School". Economist. 2011. 
  16. ^ "Global MBA Rankings 2010". Rankings. 2010. 
  17. ^ "2010 Full time MBA ranking". Economist. 2010. 
  18. ^ "Global MBA Rankings 2009". Rankings FT. 2009. 
  19. ^ "Which MBA? 2009" (PDF). Economist Intelligence Unit. 2009. 

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