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Association of Business Schools Annual Conference a Great Success
The Association of Business Schools Annual Conference, Innovation for Growth held at Warwick University today attracted over 130 delegates who have heard from esteemed speakers such as:
- Tim Hames, Head of Policy for the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA).
- John O’Leary (Conference Chair), The Times Good University Guide•
- Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International;
- Tony Samuels, Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes, Surrey County Council
- Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick
- Lord Anthony Young of Norwood
- The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, and more.
Prof. Angus Laing, Chairman of the ABS and Dean, Business and Economics at Loughborough University said:
“For the first time the annual conference has been opened to the wider higher education community. ABS has, over the last year, made massive inroads into delivering on our new strategic plan under the leadership of new Chief Executive Paul Marshall.
The sector is going through change and the theme Innovation for Growth has certainly provided food for thought and some excellent discussion and debate for our delegates.
We are also proud to announce the launch of our Business Schools, Seizing the Future booklet which contains the outcomes from our policy network meetings; we would like to thank all of those involved, the contributors and the sponsors: Hobsons, University Business and UPP for that and the conference today.
We are also delighted to announce the launch of our Business School Advisory Board Network and look forward to being more engaged with businesses and the wider higher education community going forwards”.
The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science concurred:
“British business schools attract people from all over the world because they are among the best in the world. But they operate in a very competitive environment and must constantly improve to remain ahead of the pack.
The Coalition is very keen to champion our world-class business schools. So I welcome the work the ABS is doing – under its new leadership – to protect, improve and reinvigorate the sector.”
The conference has been kindly sponsored by: Blackboard Collaborate, Blackwells Bookshops and Online, Bloomberg, FT and Hobsons.
Exhibitors included: Brathay, Carrington Crisp, Gale, Cengage Learning, Communications Management, Electric Paper and Sim Venture.
Videos from the event will be available shortly on YouTube, search The ABS UK.