Details for Aston University
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sign Up Date to PRME
02 Jul 2008
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
06 Oct 2015
Sharing Information on Progress (2015)
Sharing Information on Progress (2014)
Aston is currently transitioning its PRME signatory engagement from the Business School to the University level. The full SIP report, which highlights this exciting change, will be available in January 2015.
Sharing Information on Progress (2012)
Aston became a signatory to PRME in 2008 and this report reflects on the achievements over this period but focuses on the achievements in relation to the implementation of the Principles in the last 2 years. Key developments reported on include further integration of ethics, responsibility and sustainability into the business school curriculum and extending this to all schools across the University
Sharing Information on Progress (2010)
The PRME report for Aston Business School provides an overview of achievements in line with all six principles, comments on ABS organisational practices and outlines key objectives for the coming 18 months.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
1.Four years ago Business, Ethics, and Responsibility was established as a core module on the MBA programme. It is taught by staff of different disciplines drawn from across the Business School and includes outside business professionals.
The module encourages students to wrestle seriously with ethical quandaries, difficult disagreeable tradeoffs between efficiency and justice and moral contradictions encountered in everyday life. It uses experiential learning to make students aware of ethical and social dimensions of the business making process and enables students to understand the ethical components of managerial decision making. Students are supported in developing skills of critical thinking, analysis and reflection.
Teaching methods are highly interactive. Students critically analyse contemporary case studies and ethical dilemmas and apply their knowledge of theories, models, ethical frameworks and concepts to local and global issues. They also discuss live case studies with business practitioners.
As part of the assessment for the module, the students are required to reflect on their own organisational experience in discussing the themes, topics and issues raised in the module. They are also required to submit a reflective account of their own values and comment upon whether their future decision making and actions may be influenced by their studies.
2. In November 2007, a Social Responsibility and Sustainability Group was established and sessions on social responsibility and sustainability were included in the Aston Business School away day for all staff in January 2008.
3. This group are undertaking a review of module outlines and programme specifications for all undergraduate and post graduate programmes in order to develop a curriculum map of social responsibility and sustainability, to show where it is positioned in the curriculum and how it is delivered. The curriculum map and accompanying report will inform recommendations for planning the incorporation of social responsibility and sustainability in all UG & PG programmes
4. ABS staff have attended University wide teaching seminars aimed at sharing good practice in this area. Staff are also involved in a CSR special interest group of BAM and participate in the European Association of Business in Society (EABIS) teaching related events.
5. ABS staff work with local and national organisations in supporting business education in ethics and CSR. One example of this are the Business Ethics Higher Education Workshops and Business Seminars in conjunction with The Birmingham Centre for Business Ethics.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
1. Within Aston Business School a research group has been established (entitled Ethics, Governance and Sustainability). Initial work has developed a working document of interest areas of academics that has created greater awareness for possible collaborations.
2. Small research projects have been funded for members of this group as part of this initiative.
3. ABS staff are members of a University wide Sustainability group and participate in events including a Research Seminar.
4. In recent years ABS staff have attended conferences, presented papers and published in this area. One of the aims of the research group is that it will encourage greater interdisciplinary research in this area.
5. ABS has funded research projects relating to CSR. These include;
The West Midlands Community Payback project funded by The Probation Service aimed at identifying new potential organisations to be beneficiaries of ex offenders through training opportunities and identifying ex offenders skills..
Working with the Civil Service Occupational Benevolent Fund on a feasibility study for an NHS Occupational Benevolent Fund and scope the extent to which companies would incorporate this in their CSR..