PRME Chapter UK & Ireland

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The Foundation Meeting for the regional PRME Chapter UK & Ireland was held on 10 May 2013 at Aston Business School.

Thirty-two delegates of PRME signatory business and management schools from across the UK and Ireland came together to agree on a Constitution and Steering Committee, and to discuss ideas on the roles, activities, and events for the new Chapter.

Delegates were welcomed by Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University and hosted by Carole Parkes Aston Business School and Alan Murray, Winchester Business School. Alan Murray was elected Chair and Carole Parkes Vice Chair of the Chapter. Other officers and Steering Group members elected included Treasurer Alec Wersun, Glasgow Caledonian University, Secretary Natalia Yakovleva, Winchester Business School, Paul Cashian, Coventry University, David Clemson, London South Bank University, Joanne Cook, University of Hull, Sheila Killian, University of Limerick, and Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter.

The 1st PRME Chapter Forum UK & Ireland was held at Winchester Business School, 8-9 April 2014, in conjunction with The Future of Capitalism Conference. A range of plenary and short paper sessions generated lively discussions and knowledge sharing.

The 2nd UK & Ireland Chapter Meeting was held alongside the 2nd UK & Ireland PRME Conference on 29-30 June 2015 at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The 3rd PRME UK and Ireland Conference was held on 19-22 June 2016 and hosted jointly by Nottingham Business School and Nottingham University Business School.

The 4th Annual Conference and AGM was held at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University 26th and 27th June 2017. As 2017 was PRME’s 10th Anniversary year, the theme of the conference was “Envisioning the Future of Responsible Management Education in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

In July 2018, Queen Mary, University of London hosted the fifth UN PRME UK and Ireland Conference under the theme of ‘Leaving no one behind' - inclusive responsible management education in an era of precarity’. The conference included a keynote panel, papers session, workshops, and showcasing students’ engagement with responsible management education. In total, 80 delegates attended the conference and discussed the opportunity to developing future leaders with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals while at the same time, drawing attention to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aligning academic institutions with the work of the UN Global Compact.

The 6th Annual Conference of the UK and Ireland PRME Regional Chapter was hosted by Leeds University Business School in July 2019. The conference theme directly engaged with PRME's vision “to realise the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education”, and echoed the UN Global Compact’s call for “Making Global Goals Local Business”. Keynote speakers included leading figures from industry and civil society, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities localising the SDGs pose.

In 2020 the Covid19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the planned conference at the University of Lincoln in the English Midlands. However, the Chapter Steering Committee hosted an alternative half day online event exploring the impact of the pandemic on responsible management education. For the first time the Chapter AGM was also held online.

In July 2021 the University of Lincoln will host the delayed 2020 conference in a fully online format.

For a summary of other Chapter initiatives please see the Main Activities page.

Chapter student and faculty engagement activities include the annual PRME Writing Competition aimed at engaging students; the Research Seed Funding Competition to stimulate collaborative scholarly activity; the Seed Funding Competition to stimulate Innovative Pedagogy for integrating the 6 Principles and the SDGs in to the curriculum; and a number of local events organized by the Chapter's 7 emerging Local Networks;

Plans for 2021 include

  • Further rounds of the PRME Writing Competition, Research Seed Funding Competition, Innovative Pedagogy Competition
  • Launch of 4 year PRME Paper Development Workshop Series for early career researchers
  • Strengthening of the 7 Local Networks of members across Ireland, Wales, Scotland and English regions
  • Launch of regular member webinar series
  • Project to contribute to impact of COP26 which is hosted in the UK in late 2021

Resources available to members are as follows:

Inspirational Guides


Working Groups

Sustainable Literacy Test


Education for Sustainable Development


Gap Frame

The Eth Word

Playlist: Sustainability and Community Partnerships & Sustainability and Community Partnerships: The Chocolate and Cocoa Industry

Officers and Steering Committee of the Chapter:

Chair: Dr Jonathan Louw, Oxford Brookes University (

Vice-Chair: Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Glasgow Caledonian University (

Secretary: Vacant

Treasurer: Nishat Azmat, University of Birmingham

The Steering Committee Members of the Chapter:

Dr Rachel Welton, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Sheila Killian, University of Limerick

Dr Cristina Neesham, Newcastle University

Dr Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, Global Compact UK Network (Ex-Officio)

Dr Alex Hope, Northumbria University

Dr Anica Zeyen, Royal Holloway - University of London

Dr Chris Doran, University of Salford

Dr Fatima Annan-Diab, Kingston University, London

For more information, please contact:

Chair: Dr Jonathan Louw, Oxford Brookes University (

Vice-Chair: Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Glasgow Caledonian University (


Secretary: to be appointed in due course

The Chapter benefits from the services of a part-time Secretariat hosted at Glasgow Caledonian University. Contact with the Chapter Administrator, Bryan Hall, can be made on

No resources available for this chapter.

February 2023

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