University of Bradford School of Management becomes first Business School in England to receive joint accreditation from AMBA & BGA

The University of Bradford School of Management has officially received joint accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Business Graduates Association (BGA), two of the world’s leading authorities on business education 

The University of Bradford is a public research university based in the city of Bradford in the English county of West Yorkshire 

As part of the joint AMBA & BGA accreditation, a panel of assessors comprised of senior Business School leaders from across the globe evaluated the School. The panel commended the School’s commitment to social inclusivity and mobility. This was seen by the panel to be a unique selling point of the School and its programmes.  

The panel also mentioned the informative and distinctive collection of vignettes which outline the Schools commitment to the BGA charter, UN PRME, and responsible management in general.  

The School and programme leadership teams were said to be very committed to the academic and pastoral wellbeing of students 

Prof Sankar Sivarajah, Head of School of Management, University of Bradford, said, ‘I am proud that we have been able to achieve the joint accreditation of AMBA & BGA which highlights the importance of our overall impact and value creation for students, employers, and communities, with a focus on responsible management. 

We very much value the partnership that we hold with AMBA which is now in its 50th year and the accolade of BGA demonstrates our passion for delivering practical business education with a proven commitment to social inclusivity and mobility 

This achievement reaffirms our School’s mission and vision where we thrive in empowering and providing inclusive opportunities which enable people to make a difference to community. 

AMBA & BGA’s rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only the highest-calibre Schools which demonstrate the highest standards in teaching, curricula, and student interaction achieve accreditation.  

Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current and recent graduates of the School’s MBA portfolio are invited to join AMBA’s global membership network of approximately 55,000 students and alumni in more than 150 countries.  

Meanwhile, all undergraduates and alumni from any of the Business School’s programmes are invited to join BGA’s individual membership network. Through both these organisations, students and graduates can strengthen a community that acts as a force for good in management thought and practice, through exclusive events and business content. 

AMBA & BGA accreditation is international in scope and reach, and the organisation works with senior academics at top educational institutions around the world, to update accreditation criteria continuously and maintain one unique, in-depth and detailed approach.  

AMBA & BGA believes accredited Schools should be of the highest standard and reflect changing trends and innovation in post-graduate management education As such, the accreditation process reflects this commitment to fostering innovation and challenges Business Schools to perform at the highest level continuously. 

Andrew Main Wilson, Chief Executive of AMBA & BGA, said: ‘I would like to congratulate the University of Bradford School of Management on this momentous occasion. Not only has the School achieved re-accreditation from AMBA, showcasing itself within the top 2% of Business Schools globally, it has also been accredited by BGA. The School has become the first School in England to have achieved joint accreditation. 

‘The University of Bradford School of Management clearly includes responsible management at the very heart of all its functions and I am delighted to have extended our institutions close relationship to include BGA.’ 


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About the University of Bradford School of Management  

The School of Management at University of Bradford is among the global elite with an established reputation for excellence in business research and education. Our School mission and vision sets out our aspiration to use our responsible management education, research and partnerships to empower change. As a leader in teaching, research and knowledge exchange, we have more than 50 years’ experience of pushing the boundaries, regionally, nationally and internationally. 

We are proud to hold the ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the three leading international bodies, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The School and its programmes are consistently ranked among the best in the world. We perform well in the Financial Times (FT) rankings and continue to build on our research strengths in readiness for REF 2020. We teach undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, deliver executive education and consultancy and create new knowledge through our research.  We take pride in creating a conducive learning environment that enables current and future responsible and ethical business leaders to flourish and to Make a Difference in the world. 

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