Business School makes world’s top five per cent AACSB accredited

fbpost_brunel_aacsb-1_optBrunel Business School (BBS) joins the ranks of the best in the world, after winning a top seal of approval for the quality of its courses and business education.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the highest global standard for business schools – less than five per cent of Business Schools worldwide are AACSB accredited.

It is a massive boost to job prospects and future earnings for Brunel Business School students and staff.

“This is the best news possible for our students’ employability,” said Professor Chris Pitelis, who heads the school.

Leading international employers see job seekers from AACSB accredited schools as the highest flying business graduates. The five letters confirm best quality teaching and research   staff, most relevant challenging courses and exceptional career opportunities.

The US-based AACSB is the biggest global business education network connecting students, businesses and business schools to kick-start innovation and help society. Business schools face a tough year of scrutiny to make sure they meet its standards and keeping their accreditation means reassessments every five years. It is something Brunel has worked on for the past eight years; its first attempt in 2015 led to a deferral visit.

“After the AACSB’s first visit, we had to satisfy very stringent requirements, based on branding, external perception, decision making and financial autonomy to satisfy the conditions for unit id accreditation status,” said Professor Pitelis.

“We were told that only a three per cent of US Universities and Schools might hope to satisfy these requirements. So this is a major achievement. We are delighted, privileged and proud of the outstanding teamwork from the whole School – students, staff, administrators, strategic leaders,  the accreditation team led by Professor David Gallear and importantly the University and College leadership and administrative staff – that helped get us here.”

Find out about Brunel’s Business School here.

This story was first published on the Brunel University London website on the 2nd December 2016

British Council Newton Fund Workshop on Lean Humanitarian Food Supply Chain in Turkey

nature-669592_1920Brunel University London, UK and Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey will jointly organise a workshop in Turkey on lean humanitarian supply chain and logistics to ensure efficient food distribution in disasters and emergencies.

The planned four day workshop, directed at early and experienced researchers, is to be funded by the British Council Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop 2016 which seeks to address food supply challenges faced by Turkey in terms of providing the vulnerable and growing refugee population with humanitarian aid.

Turkey is the host to more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees. The displacement of vulnerable people has resulted in a situation underpinned by shortages of quantity, quality and diversity of food products.

The aim of the workshop will be to identify approaches to detecting bottlenecks in food supply as well as improving resilience to with sudden spikes in demand. In addition, the workshop will also consider the management of multiagency stakeholders and the need to deliver logistical support.

Dr Manoj Dora from Brunel Business School and Prof Tunç Medeni from Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey jointly coordinate the workshop in Ankara.

From the UK side, Prof Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford and Prof Amir Sharif from Brunel Business School will be the mentor of this project.

From Turkey side, Prof Hakan Tozan from Yildiz Techical University and Dr Emrah Akbas from Yıldırım Beyazıt University will be the mentor.

The planned four day workshop to take place in Ankara, Turkey in spring 2017 will also highlight future research opportunities on the subject of humanitarian aid and supply chain. 40 researchers (20 from the UK and 20 from Turkey) will be selected on a competitive basis to attend the workshop.

Early and experienced researchers interested in attending should contact Dr Manoj Dora (UK) at or Dr Tunç Medeni (Turkey) at

Research by Dr Amama Shaukat Published by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament

conference-857926_1920_optFindings of research studies by Dr Amama Shaukat on corporate governance regulation in the UK underpin two written submissions to the recent Corporate Governance inquiry by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament.

In one of these studies Dr Shaukat provides research evidence that throws into question the UK corporate governance code (the Code) recommendations that discourage the presence of non-independent directors on corporate boards. While the Code considers past employees to be non-independent (and hence undesirable on boards), Dr Shaukat finds that the presence of such directors on boards has a positive association with firm value. Full story

Brunel MBA Maintains its Tier One Position in CEO Magazine’s MBA Rankings

CEO_MAGAZINE_LOGO adjustedThe Brunel MBA has maintained its Tier One position in CEO Magazine’s 2016 MBA Rankings in Europe, a category it shares with twenty-nine European MBA programmes including HULT, Copenhagen and ESCOLE business schools.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, EMBA and Online MBA programmes. This year CEO Magazine reached out to over 300 business schools across North America, Europe and Australia and received responses from 140 institutions – an increase of over 100 per cent on the previous year.

“We are thrilled with the uptake and response to this year’s survey. The increase in the number of business schools participating, and the inclusion of some very well-known and highly regarded players within the market, serve to further establish the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings as a go-to reference tool for future MBA students,” says CEO Magazine’s Group Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Skinner.

The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings are designed with applicants in mind, and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

The complete CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2016 can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s new website.

Brunel in MoU with the UK Intellectual Property Office

IntellectualProp smallerBrunel University London signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Research and Evidence (ERE) team at UK Intellectual Property Office in November 2015.

The agreed MoU is for development and analysis of data which will improve the government’s knowledge and understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in boosting innovation and growth in the UK economy.

Over the next two years, Professor Suma Athreye from Brunel Business School, will advise and develop the UK’s evidence base so that it is capable of shedding light on the role that intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) actually plays in nurturing innovation in UK firms.

As the Hargreaves Review noted in 2011, there is currently a large gap in the evidence base for policy towards intellectual property.

Professor Athreye will also work with the ERE team to disseminate the findings from this new evidence base more widely to policy colleagues at the parent organisation in the Department of Business Industry and Skills, but also to quasi-governmental bodies such as NESTA and Innovate UK.

The MoU formalises a long period of engagement between Professor Athreye and the UK IPO which started in 2010 and has encompassed some path-breaking work linking patent use and innovation in the UK economy. Some of this work is now being replicated at patent offices in other countries.

Deepak Tailor Survives Dragons’ Den with a £50,000 Investment

Deepak Tailor in the Dragons Den

Brunel Business School alumnus, Deepak Tailor, continued his commercial run of success in by securing £50,000 from Deborah Meaden on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den towards his online business, LatestFreeStuff.

This is the first time a Brunel Business School graduate has appeared on the show which aired on the 3rd January 2016, but it’s not the only association BBS has with entrepreneurial TV. Sara Khan, runner up in the first series of BBC One’s The Apprentice, regularly speaks at Business Life events, inspiring undergraduates with her top tips for success.

Deepak, who graduated with in 2010 with a BSc in Business and management (Marketing) and founded in 2012, also won the prestigious Entrepreneurial Spark prize in 2015.


Bright spark Deepak picks up national award


Deepak Tailor won the entrepreneurial spark prize at a prestigious national ceremony

Deepak Tailor won the entrepreneurial spark prize at a prestigious national ceremony

Brunel Business School graduate Deepak Tailor has been awarded the entrepreneurial spark prize at the third Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Deepak, who graduated in business and management (marketing) in 2010, was recognised for the success of his business start-up, which he founded in 2012.

The website, which was named among a list of 100 best startups in 2014, has more than 500,000 visitors a month, looking for freebies, deals and bargains.

The business has a growing client list, which includes big brand names such as LOVEFiLM, Fitness First, Vodafone and Gillette.

Deepak collected his award at the Ballroom South Bank, which hosted a glittering ceremony for entrepreneurs in categories including Creative Entrepreneur of the Year and Digital Entrepreneur of the Year.