Details for Newcastle Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
Sign Up Date to PRME
31 Oct 2014
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
30 Jan 2017
Sharing Information on Progress (2017)
Period Covered: Nov 2014 to Jan 2017
This is the first SIP report from Newcastle Business School, Northumbria Univeristy. IT details our journey over the last two years which has seen us redevelop our curriculum to incorporate ethics, responsibility and sustainability; establish our 'responsible business' research area and partner with leading organisations on responsible business.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Newcastle Business School is embarking on an ambitious project that seeks to align the school’s activities with the principles of responsible management, corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainability. Some progress in this area has already been made. All undergraduate business students study the core Applied Business Ethics module and work has begun to develop two core Responsible Business Leadership and Sustainable Strategy Modules to be delivered initially to level 6 completion degree students. Additionally, all our accounting and finance postgraduate students study a core module on ethics, corporate governance and socially responsible Investment, whilst our business with management Masters students have an option to study a CSR for Multinationals module. We recognise however that much more work in this area is required. In order to achieve this, the school has begun a wide-ranging review of our entire undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education with the aim of revising curricula and programme design to create a new portfolio of courses relevant to a new generation of business leaders. The integration of PRME principles throughout the curricula will be a key focus of this project. Finally, as a means to begin the work of creating a culture of responsible management education within the School, we are planning to hold a small student conference focussing on ethics, CSR, sustainability and responsible management topics.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Newcastle Business School has a growing reputation in the fields of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and other Sustainability related research areas. In a review of publications in Business Ethics journals from 1999-2008, Northumbria was ranked as the seventh most productive UK University for publications in Business Ethics (53rd world-wide). The School is building upon this reputation through the work of the recently convened Risk, Responsibility, Ethics and Governance Research Interest Group comprised of more than 50 active members making it the largest of our research groups. Evidence also suggests that students are increasingly choosing to study corporate responsibility and sustainability through their undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in addition to the more than 20 PhD and Professional Doctorates being undertaken within these topics. The School has a strong track record in working with companies to assist in their knowledge development in these areas. For example, we are undertaking a 3 year collaborative research project with a local Water Utility company addressing how to embed sustainability through working more closely with stakeholders and we recently co-hosted the first Responsible Business Conference in our region. We plan to build upon this progress through the development of new strategic research themes, one of which is expected to incorporate corporate responsibility and sustainability topics. In addition to this we are seeking to build on our current partnership work with other industry and academic organisations to collaborate on research outputs and develop funding bids, create additional strategic partnerships with key business organisations to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting social and environmental challenges.