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, SBM 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’. It is in sync with the School’s ethos of inclusive, responsible management being part of an east London university serving a diverse and international cohort of students. Over the three days, the School used this opportunity to promote the global engagement opportunities for PRME signatories and UKI chapter members. 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.

Main Activities/Core Value Proposition

Activities include working with Higher Education Institutions and related bodies to support the integration of PRME in the UK and Ireland. This includes promoting PRME through events, conferences, publications and associated activities. The Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME, UK & Ireland Edition was published by Greenleaf in September 2014, featuring a wide range of UK & Ireland PRME initiatives. 


Officers and Steering Committee of the Chapter:

Chair: Alec Wersun, Glasgow Caledonian University ( )

Vice-Chair: Dr Alex Hope, Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria (

Secretary: Dr Jonathan Louw, Oxford Brookes Business School

Treasurer: Dr Paul Cashian, Coventry Business School

The Steering Committee Members of the Chapter:

Matt Gitsham, Ashridge Business School
Sheila Killian, University of Limerick
Christine Gilligan, Sheffield Hallam Business School
Carole Parkes, Winchester Business School
Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, Global Compact UK Network (Ex-Officio)

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