News : Proposed Changes in the Business School
Date: May 02, 2012
Salford Business School – Enhancing our development of next-generation global business leaders
Last week we posted a report in which Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall described the University’s current programme of structural review and reorganisation, and explained how those changes are designed to further our strategic planning for the coming years. We promised to keep you up-to-date with planning and developments around the University. The following update details the outcomes from an extensive School Review exercise and proposed reorganisation of activity within Salford Business School.
The ambition of the University as a whole and Salford Business School in particular is to achieve ranking in the top 25% of UK Higher Education institutions by 2017. We are confident we can achieve this target, but to do so we need to evolve and adapt. The Business School needs to ensure its curriculum and professional development activity continuously provides the necessary up-to-date knowledge and skills development to enable our students to become next-generation business leaders in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. As such, the School review focuses on the prioritisation of the following activities:
- A portfolio of high quality programmes that are attractive to students and attractive to employers
- A high quality learning environment for students to support their professional success
- Professionally excellent academic staff
- Effective work placement and career development opportunities
- Internationally recognised business and management research
- Comprehensive and high quality links with local, regional, national and international business partners
- Robust and productive links with alumni, including opportunities for continuing professional development
The review also recognises that the Business School itself exists in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving marketplace. External factors, including controls on the numbers of students we are allowed to enrol, changes introduced by the government to the way teaching is funded, and more stringent visa controls on international students create pressures that affect all universities. In response, the School’s operations need to become more efficient, competitive and be able to respond quickly to market changes.
The Salford Business School Review, led by the Dean, Professor Amanda Broderick, has addressed what levels and forms of working practice and staff skills would be required to achieve these outcomes. While the proposals emerging from this review include some reduction in the academic ‘headcount’, the principles underpinning the proposals are to retain and build on existing staff skills for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. The review has looked at what activity and mix of expertise in these areas is required of a leading international Business School. Investment will be required to achieve this mix, and this will give rise to opportunities for promotion and recruitment.
Professor Broderick will be briefing staff in the Business School on Thursday 3 May and has already shared the proposals with the Trade Unions as part of a statutory minimum period of 90 days of consultation.
Students should understand that these proposals are at consultation stage only, subject to thorough negotiations with Unions and staff, and so no final decisions have been made yet. Moreover, any changes that are made aim to improve the quality of learning and teaching and the experience of both current and future students. No programmes that students are currently engaged in will be withdrawn or curtailed. Indeed, should the proposals be accepted, once implemented, current and future students can look forward to a Salford Business School better equipped to maintain and build upon the quality students rightly expect.
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