Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement and Director of City-REDI at the University of Birmingham was awarded a Fellowship from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) at the CABS 2019 Annual Conference, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the organisation’s mission over the course of several years.
Professor Collinson was a member of the CABS Council before being elected as Chair of the Council from 2015 to 2018. During this period, the Association developed its role as a strong national and international advocate of management education, in particular demonstrating the positive contribution of foreign students in the UK.
Simon was central to CABS advocacy efforts, for example helping to highlight the significant economic and social contribution to UK regions made by business schools, summarised in the report: Business schools: delivering value to local and regional economies. He also co-authored the invaluable Pathways to Success annual report, which Deans across the country use in their strategic planning. During his time as Chair, Simon was also central to the development of a partnership with the British Academy of Management (BAM) to evidence the real-world value of research conducted in business schools and secure more funding for business and management research in the UK. He is leading the Deans and Directors’ Development Programme (3DP) 2020 designed to help develop our next generation of business school leaders.
Reflecting on his involvement with CABS, Professor Collinson said:
“It has been a wonderful experience to work with such an exceptional membership association at a time when it has gone from strength to strength. As UK business schools have continued to grow and develop as major contributors to our economy and society, the Chartered ABS has evolved to be the leading advocate of the positive impact that they have. I am delighted to have been involved in part of this journey and I am honoured to be awarded a Fellowship in recognition of my contribution”.
This blog was written by Stuart Mitchell, Centre Manager, City-REDI, University of Birmingham.
The views expressed in this analysis post are those of the authors and not necessarily those of City-REDI or the University of Birmingham.
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