Details for Queen's Management School

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

Queen's University Belfast


Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

10 Jul 2017

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2017)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Queen's Management School is one of the top business schools in the UK and Ireland and prides itself on offering a world-class range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Management. In 2016, Queen’s Management School merged with The William J Clinton Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute brings leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes. Queen’s Management School aims to have a positive transformational impact on business and society, and recognises the need to fully embed ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability in its culture and portfolio of activities to achieve this. Please find below an outline of our achievements thus far across these areas, as well as a brief overview of our future plans.

• Curriculum Integration and Programme Design: All programmes delivered by the School include elements of business ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability. This takes the form of specific modules, including ‘Business Ethics’ and ‘Business, Government and Society’, as well as via secondary themes within other modules, such as ‘Organisational Behaviour’ and ‘Public Sector Management’. To ensure these components are fully integrated across all areas, a review of programmes is currently being undertaken as part of the School’s new Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability strategy. For example, the School is currently developing a new MBA programme that will place issues of business ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability at its core.

• Executive Education: The William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s Management School brings world class facilities, leading academics and industry experts together to deliver a high end portfolio of executive education and leadership programmes. Examples include the ‘Inspiring Leaders’ programme which seeks to support participants in identifying their principles and values as leaders. Completion of the programme requires at least 50 hours of volunteering in a leadership role. In addition, the innovative ‘Political Leadership’ programme for Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly included a module on ethical leadership in public life. As part of the aforementioned review, executive education programmes are also being evaluated to ascertain how issues of ethics, corporate responsibility and sustainability may be more fully integrated.

• Queen’s Student Managed Fund: The Queen’s Student Managed Fund is a real money managed investment initiative that seeks to achieve positive returns through superior stock selection using quantitative and qualitative fundamental analysis. The goal is to achieve consistent long term positive returns by optimally managing downside risk. As Northern Ireland's first real money student managed fund, and one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, this student focused initiative creates real world investment management experience in an academic setting. When making investment decisions, students are required to specifically consider the issue of corporate social responsibility.

• Gender Equality & Diversity: The School has a Gender Equality Champion and Gender Equality Board to promote and monitor gender equality and is currently pursuing an Athena SWAN award. In addition, all employees must adhere to Queen’s Professional Standards and are required to undertake the University’s ‘DiversityNow’ programme which trains staff how to better relate to colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

• Other Activities: Staff and students participate in the School Charity as part of our shared social responsibility. Established in 2014, the School’s Charity Board coordinate various fundraising activities raising over £20,000 for Marie Curie to provide care and support for those with terminal illnesses and their families. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in volunteering initiatives though the Queen’s University Student’s Union. From an environmental perspective, the School participates in the University’s Green Impact Scheme, which aims to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by 21% by 2020. Practically, this means that the School has recycling points around our facilities, centralised printing facilities, a ‘switch off’ scheme, and a carbon footprint monitoring system.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Our research interprets patterns of economic, business and social life in a manner that fosters new theories and ideas; engages in empirical research grounded in current practices; and develops suggestions for public policy as well as for institutional and organizational innovations. The core purpose is to deepen understanding of how markets, business organizations and social institutions evolve over time. A review of our research output is currently being undertaken as part of the new Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability strategy with a view to fully documenting our achievements in this area and developing it further going forward.

The Centre for Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR) within the School consists of staff from across the full breadth of our subject specialisms and promotes good governance practices, evidence-based policy development and debate. Areas of interest include charities, credit unions, healthcare and policing. This research impacts directly upon the reporting and accounting framework in the UK, the Charity Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). The framework applies to more than 200,000 UK charities, with an estimated annual income of over £60 billion.

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