Details for University of Huddersfield Business School
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive
Institution is part of
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Sign Up Date to PRME
17 Feb 2011
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
28 Aug 2019
Sharing Information on Progress (2019)
Period Covered: Jul 2017 to Jul 2019
Our PRME SIP report outlines the School's commitment to sustainability and responsible management education. In particular, the report features in detail, how we develop our curriculum and research in accordance with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
The Business School has a strong professional orientation, with programmes accredited with professional bodies and good professional links (e.g. the Partners in Accountancy scheme includes firms such as PwC and KPMG). We interpret professionalism not only in terms of technical competence but also in terms of ethical responsibility. Thus many modules consider ethical issues, e.g. Audit Framework, . However, we also have modules dedicated to responsibility and sustainability, e.g. at undergraduate level we have Environmental Policy, Environmental Management and Ethics in Business. At postgraduate level we have both specialist modules (e.g. Corporate Social Responsibility; Corporate Governance and Business Ethics) and a specialist MSc in Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management.
As Dean, I am keen to encourage such activity, for it is consistent with my own career priorities. For example: I am a former chair of the UK chapter of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN); I chaired the EBEN annual conference in 2000, in association with the Judge Business School, Cambridge; I co-organised the first UK conference on teaching business ethics; I introduced a business ethics undergraduate module when such things were rare in the UK; I have edited the international journal Business Ethics: A European Review for several years; I was a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee of one of the first UK SRI mutual funds; and I am a member of the Ethics Standards Committee of the Institute in England and Wales. Much of my research and writing has been on business and financial ethics.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
In addition to staff research, the Business School has, or has had, several research students undertaking PhDs in the area of responsibility and sustainability, particularly in corporate environmental management and financial ethics. The latter are associated with the Financial and Ethics Research Group (FEGReG), which was at the core of the University’s submission to the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise 2008 under Unit of Assessment 35: Accounting & Finance. To give an example of a recent project, FEGReG has recently conducted research on the responsibilities of non-executive directors of mutual building societies (savings and loans institutions and will be holding a seminar for practitioners in March 2011. Further details regarding FEGReG can be found at http://www2.hud.ac.uk/uhbs/research/fegreg/index.php.