Details for Leeds University Business School

Participant Status


A Grace Letter has been submitted and a SIP report is expected by 04 Aug 2018.

Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Institution is part of

University of Leeds


Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

11 Jan 2010

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

06 May 2016

Sharing Information on Progress (2016)

Leeds University Business School Sharing Information on Progress Report 2016 - View Report

Period Covered: Feb 2014 to May 2016

In this report we reflect upon our contributions to ethics, responsibility and sustainability through our core activities of student education, research and innovation, and corporate engagement. We outline developments in our work. For each of the 6 PRME Principles we have reflected on our previous goals and set ourselves a strategic aim to guide our work over the next two years. We look forward to reporting on progress against our aims in 2018.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Leeds University Business School is as a founder member of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, set up with #2.5 million funding from the Higher Education Funding Council.

In partnership with the IDEA CETL the Business School has worked to integrate business ethics and ethical reasoning into our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

An ethical reasoning thread has been integrated across Business School programmes and assurance of learning procedures put in place to monitor student performance in this area.

We have continued to explore new ways to develop closer research and student education relationships with the School of Earth and Environment, School of Geography, and Institute for Transport Studies.

Discipline specific optional modules are available across many of the Business School's taught programmes to engage and extend students' understanding of ethics, sustainability and responsibility, e.g., Ethics and Economics, Business Ethics, Debates and Controversies in International Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

The level-2 LUBS2970 Corporate Social Responsibility module has been developed into a compulsory element of the Business School’s BA Management, BA Management with Marketing, BA Management and the Human Resource programmes.

Undergraduate programmes also have credits available for students to choose modules from the University’s discovery themes, allowing them to pursue their interest in this area further.

We continue to support co-curricular activities that support the development of global citizens, e.g., Net Impact, Enactus, local volunteering and CSR internships.

Going forward we plan to:

Explore new ways to engage students in PRME, including additional co-curricular activities.

Develop additional approaches to embed ethical awareness and reasoning into taught programmes.

Introduce a new optional module for level-2 undergraduate Business School students, LUBS2690 Global and Ethical Awareness in Business in 2016/17.

Participate in PRME events and conferences.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

Leeds University Business School is part of a research led institution and our teaching in corporate responsibility, corporate governance and sustainability is underpinned by relevant research. In particular, we have research strengths in international business, corporate social responsibility, sustainable behaviour, corporate governance and diversity management.

The Business School’s research has been assessed under the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and we have been ranked ninth in the UK for research power, measuring volume and quality of the research published during the REF period.

A new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) research group has been established. The group aims to connect researchers across the Business School, to identify project opportunities, increase the visibility of the topic both internally and externally, in addition to providing a structure to engage students in current research activities.

A range of Business School researchers have interests that connect with the not-for-profit sector both locally and internationally and we are developing research partnerships in this area.

Going forward we plan to:
Increase the range of organisations that we engage with and facilitate discussion regarding social and environmental challenges.

Capture existing research activity relating to ethics, responsibility and sustainability and set-up a process to record and publicise these in an ongoing manner.

Develop an active CSR research group that facilitates research and engagement activities with business and the third sector.

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