Details for Sheffield Business School

Participant Status


Type of Organization

Business School

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Institution is part of

Sheffield Hallam University


Sheffield, S Yorkshire, United Kingdom


Sign Up Date to PRME

04 Dec 2013

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

27 Feb 2018

Sharing Information on Progress (2017)

Sheffield Business School SIP Report 2017 - View Report

Period Covered: Dec 2015 to Dec 2017

This report summarises our progress against the six PRME principles and makes recommendations for the next reporting period. We present a review of how successful we have been in securing recognition of PRME amongst our staff. We report against each of the goals we set in our previous SIP report. We provide information about academic course development and research activities and we highlight a project that brings together professional services staff to support charity projects.

Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In 2014, Sheffield Business School formed a PRME Group with five core members, and four other staff who provided support and links to all parts of the faculty. Members of the PRME group have sought to embed the six key principles of PRME within the practices of the Sheffield Business School. In doing this it has sought out and encouraged activities that embody these principles. Here are highlights from our first SIP Report (in 2015).

In this section, we outline our findings for principles 1, 2 and 3.

Principle 1 We will develop students as generators of sustainable value for business and society

• We feature a post-graduate alumnus (Jodie Marshall), now Sheffield’s Businesswoman of the Year and national coordinator for Initiatives of Change.
• We present inspirational student award winners and their acts of social responsibility, social enterprise and international integration.
• We highlight our Hospitality Society / Big Hospitality Convention which secured 450 pledges on work experience for students in 2015.
• We stress the extensive volunteering opportunities and social enterprise support that is offered by our Students Union.

Principle 2 We will embed the concept of responsible business into all educational curricula

• We describe the introduction of a Level 5 core module on our BA Business Studies course called Responsible and Ethical Business Practice.
• We report on FABS new Level 6 core module on Strategy, Ethics, Privacy and Social Responsibility.
• We convey how Service Sector Management integrated text about PRME into undergraduate module guides.
• We draw attention to the review of PRME principles in the definitive document of the MSc Coaching and Mentoring during validation.
• We note that Understanding Social Enterprise (2nd Edition) which is authored by SBS staff has been endorsed by the UN PRME Directorate.

Principle 3 We will create educational experiences that develop responsible leadership

• We underline how our Common Purpose Leadership Award engages in cross-cultural / cross-sectoral leadership education.
• We draw attention to way our events management students engage with Alumni at Cutlers Hall each year to plan charity events.

Principles 4, 5 and 6 are covered below.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

In 2014, Sheffield Business School was assessed for research quality as part of the UK Government's research excellence review. In our SIP report we highlight research excellence linked to PRME principles.

Principle 4 We will underpin education programmes with research on responsible management
• We feature REF Research / Impact Cases by Prof Gareth Morgan, Dr Rory Ridley-Duff, Dr Tracey Coule and Dr Dorothea Meyer to establish our credentials as world-leading researchers on responsible management.
• We list 20 PhD / DBA studies that are advancing knowledge on responsible management, sustainability, ethics and cooperative working.
• We describe non-REF research activities linked to PRME by: Dr Wayne Martindale (food); Dr Stephen Dobson (CSR/Smart cities); Dr Alisha Ali (sustainable development) and Dr Stell Kladou (sustainable tourism).

Principle 5 We will create corporate / community partnerships to advance responsible business
• We describe networking activities in the private sector through links to Business in the Community (BITC) and Initiatives of Change (IoC).
• We describe how networking in the social economy (supporting the Employee Ownership Association and Cooperatives UK) led to leadership of the International Cooperative Business Education Consortium (ICBEC).
• We explain how our networking in the voluntary sector (through CSVR) has led to leadership roles in the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and ISTR Centre Directors Group.

Principle 6 We will facilitate critical debate on social responsibility amongst multiple stakeholders.
• We illustrate our commitment to local dialogue through hosting events for the Sheffield Festival of Debate.
• We show our engagement at a national level through organising and hosting a TIGE Roadshow.
• We highlight how we engage in international dialogue through participation in UN projects to end child trafficking / sexual exploitation.

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