A Year in Review 2020
Welcoming our new Executive Dean: Professor Julia Bennell

The Business School was delighted to welcome Professor Julia Bennell as the new Executive Dean. Previously Deputy Dean, Professor Bennell succeeds Professor Peter Moizer, and brings with her a wealth of experience and accolades across research, teaching and leadership. We wish her every success in her exciting plans for the School.

Alumni China Tour 2020

Over 200 of our Chinese alumni gathered in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen to gain insights into the future of analytics and artificial intelligence with Associate Professor Richard Hodgett. The tour allowed alumni to reconnect with fellow classmates, network with other alumni, and engage with the latest impactful research from the School.

New Digital Futures at Work Research Centre

The Digital Futures at Work (Digit) Centre launched as a cross-University collaboration, led jointly by Pro Dean for Research and Innovation, Professor Mark Stuart. Funded by the Economic and Research Council, Dig.IT will investigate how new and emerging digital technologies are shaping the future of work for all and their impact on wider society.

AACSB re-accreditation success

The Business School was thrilled to receive a five-year re-accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), one of the largest and most influential business school accreditation associations globally. The achievement reaffirms the Business School’s position as a top international business school and one of a small number worldwide who are triple accredited.

International Women’s Day: She Leads

The School was proud to support the International Women’s Day panel event at Leeds University Union, as part of the World Unite Festival. We were thrilled to welcome MBA alumni Natasha Babar-Evans and Aqila Choudhry MBE to the panel to share their experiences to students and staff across the University, in what was an insightful and inspirational afternoon.

International Partners Day

The inaugural International Partners Day took place in March, which saw the School welcome delegates from some of our key international partner institutions to Leeds. Delegates enjoyed two days of campus tours, presentations and networking, gaining insight into key innovations across executive education, student education and internationalisation in the School and University.

Professor Edgar Meyer appointed Deputy Dean

We were delighted to welcome Professor Edgar Meyer in April as Deputy Dean, joining Professor Julia Bennell and colleagues in the Faculty Executive Group. Professor Meyer joins the School as an experienced management scientist and strategic thinker, with experience in leadership positions at Imperial College London and the University of Southampton.

Introducing the new Research and Innovation Podcast

The Business School launched a brand-new research podcast in April. Following the success of the Research and Innovation blog, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, the podcast brings key business and societal issues of the day to the table for lively and engaging discussions and expert commentary from our talented academic guests.

Our community contributes to government Covid-19 survey

We are proud that our academics contributed to a Covid-19 impacts survey for the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology. Sam Appleton, Dr Gary Graham, Louisa Hill, Professor Kerrie Unsworth and Dr Elizabeth Wang shared their expert concerns on the impacts of coronavirus in the immediate and long-term future, informing a series of reports advising governmental response to the pandemic.

Bronze Athena SWAN Award

In May, Leeds University Business School was thrilled to receive a Bronze Award in the Athena SWAN Charter, recognising the work undertaken across the School to promote gender equality. The Athena SWAN Charter encourages and recognises commitment to gender equality across higher education and research, including for professional and support roles and for trans staff and students.

How entrepreneurial firms are responding to Covid-19

Professor in Enterprise, Nick Williams, formed part of a cross-university research project that was in June awarded £290,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council. Investigating how entrepreneurial firms in key growth sectors are responding to the pandemic, the project is one of multiple involving Business School academics that successfully responded to the UK Research and Innovation’s Covid-19 rapid response call-out.

Virtual International Programme

In the face of global uncertainty and restricted travel, our International Team worked hard to bring our Masters students a diverse programme online in July. Replacing the annual study tours, the Virtual International Programme (VIP) 2020 saw 22 speakers across 20 countries from a global community tune in to deliver professional development workshops, networking sessions and topical webinars in an enriching programme.

Alumna sees exciting business growth in Leeds city

We are proud to see alumna Natasha Babar Evans, Central Operations Officer of Wizu Workspace, at the forefront of new developments in Leeds through the business’s planned City Centre expansions. Their purchase of a central Grade II listed building will welcome job opportunities and supply the increasing demand for flexible workspace throughout the pandemic and onwards with their luxury workspaces.

Guardian University Guide places Leeds top for Accounting and Finance

We were pleased to see Leeds University Business School rank number one in the UK for Accounting and Finance for the second year running in the Guardian University Guide 2021. The School placed top 10 across all subject areas, including 7th in the UK for Economics and 9th for Business, Management and Marketing, demonstrating a continued drive for excellence across the School.

JWB paper award for International Business academics

Members of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds were awarded first runner-up in the Best Paper Award at the Journal of World Business Awards. Professors Peter Buckley, Hinrich Voss, Jeremy Clegg, and Dr Liang Chen from the University of Melbourne accepted the award for The role of endogenous and exogenous risk in FDI entry choices.

Alumnus wins the Oslo Innovation Week 100 Pitches prize

Cittispotter, a tech-start up co-founded by International Business alumnus Dushyant Sethiya, won the 100 Pitch prize at Oslo Innovation Week 2020 in September. The award celebrated Citispotter’s equality work and the company will as a result receive business advisory support and mentoring from Plan Norge, Samsung and Accenture. Congratulations to Dushyant and his team.

Celebrating 15 years of CERIC

The Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC) celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2020 as the proud home of interdisciplinary academics at the forefront of research and knowledge exchange in the changing dynamics and future of work, employment and labour markets. The Centre marked the occasion with a series of anniversary webinars, showcasing the breadth of impactful research taking place.

1st in UK for International Business

Our MSc International Business programme was placed 1st in the UK for the ninth year running and 8th globally in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2020 Rankings. Headed by Professor Chris Pitelis, the International Business Division continues to be recognised for its outstanding Masters programme through maintaining an inclusive community of engaged scholarship and practice-informed teaching.

Prestigious Fellowship for Professor Irena Grugulis

We congratulate Professor Irena Grugluis on her appointment as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Grugulis was appointed for outstanding contributions to research and the application of social science to policy, education, society and the economy. The news has been hailed by University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk and across the University community.

Funding award to investigate Covid-19 and early years childcare

We were again proud to see vital Covid-19 research happening in our School when a project with the University of Bristol was awarded funding to investigate the impact of coronavirus on early years childcare provision in the UK. The project, led by Dr Kate Hardy will investigate sustainability of childcare provision, informal childcare and safe environments amongst other areas over 16 months.

Global Seminar Series

Collaborating internationally, our students attended weekly webinars in a project run jointly with North Carolina State University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Universidad de San Andres and WU Vienna. The Global Seminar Series: ‘The innovation of business in a post-pandemic world’, offered insights into Covid-19 recovery across the global business environment in an intellectually challenging series.

Alumna wins Arab Woman Award 2020

Manar Alhinai (MA Diversity Management 2009) won an Arab Woman Award at the 2020 Award Ceremonies, UAE. Manar won the award for empowering and working with creative talents during the pandemic through her media company Sekka, and for establishing the Khaleeji Art Museum to empower and shine a light on artists in the region. Congratulations, Manar.