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University of Bristol launches new School of Management

3 August 2020

Today the University of Bristol has announced the launch of three new schools to replace the School of Economics, Finance and Management (EFM). The new schools are the School of Management, the School of Accounting and Finance and the School of Economics.

Over the past decade, the School of EFM expanded its student body, course offering and numbers of academic and professional services staff. This expansion has reached the point where the University and the School’s students, staff and stakeholders will benefit from the creation of three new schools that reflect the disciplinary excellence in Management, Accounting and Finance and Economics.  

The University of Bristol School of Management’s vision is “to empower leadership for a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous world through a progressive understanding of management and organisation in alliance with business, government and society”. 

The School of Management ranks in the top six per cent globally for Business and Management (World THE University Rankings 2020), aiming to provide a supportive while stimulating learning environment, combining management and marketing theory with practical application in the business world. Students rank the school’s teaching highly with 92 per cent saying staff were good at explaining things and 90 per cent agreeing that they were able to contact staff when they needed to (National Student Survey 2019). 

The school’s business and management degrees are delivered by academic experts, with 78 per cent of research in the school recognised as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” in the most recent Research Excellence Framework review (REF 2014). 

Located at the heart of a thriving global city which is diverse, cosmopolitan, and growing; the School engages with communities and partners worldwide across the private, public, and third sectors, leading positive change through innovation in policy, practice and public debate.

The school has five research themes:

•           Inclusive Economy and Sustainable Consumption & Production

•           Innovation and Digitalisation

•           Public Services Governance and Management

•           Global Political Economy

•           Work Futures

Head of School, Palie Smart, said “I am delighted to be launching the School of Management and to drive forward our mission to inspire the next generation of global citizens and leaders to address the grand societal changes of our time.  We will address changes driven by processes of globalisation, inequality, entrepreneurialism and innovation in the advent of digital economies, as well as the challenges of environmental and social sustainability.” 

The School is actively leading and supporting University of Bristol’s strategic research priorities through the £100m Bristol Digital Futures and Bristol Inclusive Economy initiatives. It is also a key part of the University’s new Temple Quarter Campus Project.





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