School of Management Highlights of 2020

School of Management Highlights of 2020 There’s no question that 2020 has been a year like no other. With everything it’s thrown at all of us, we thought we’d take a minute to reflect on a few of the things we’re proud to have achieved 


 We are leading the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative 

The Inclusive Economy Initiative engages in research with local and regional businesses and government, as well as public and voluntary sectors to work towards a fair and inclusive low carbon economy.   

School of Management’s Professor Martin Parker is the Director of the Initiative, he comments, “The Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative involves a team of academics from many different disciplines who are interested in working with local businesses to grow the new economy we all need.” 

As a School, we’re excited to see what the Inclusive Economy Initiative will continue to tackle.   

Find out more about the Bristol Inclusive Economy Initiative and any activities taking place:  

We launched 5 new Management pathways and 2 new Master’s courses  

We’re thrilled to be offering our students even more opportunities with the launch of two new programmesMSc Businesses Analytics and MSc Human Resource Management and the Future of Work brand new for September 2021.  

This is as well as introducing five new pathways to our MSc in Management. These include, Digitalisation and Big Data, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, International Human Resource Management and Marketing  

Take a closer look at our Business Analytics degree

95% of our Graduates gained work experience

Throughout the year, we work closely with the Careers Service and Professional Liaison Network (PLN) to provide work experience, mentoring and placement opportunities to our students. This year 95% of our graduates gained work experience!

Take a look at the experiences gained by our students who worked with the Bristol Sports Foundation

Our Management Society kept students connected all year  

We’re really proud of how well our students coped during the challenges of 2020. The Management Society is a large part of our community and has worked hard to keep their fellow students engaged. 

Just some of the fantastic things they’ve been working on this year are guest lectures, skills workshops, and social events to keep students connected.  

Look out for the new online study sessionsYou can follow them on social media so you never miss what’s coming up @management_soc  

We introduced 5 new challenge-led interdisciplinary research themes  

Our research is at the forefront of driving forward issues that influence our lives every day – from gender equality, sustainability and international business management, to the NHS and social relationships.  

This year we introduced 5 new challenge-led interdisciplinary research themes;  

  • Sustainable Production, Inclusivity, Consumption and Economy (SPICE)  
  • Work Futures 
  • Innovation and Digitalisation 
  • Public Services Governance and Management 
  • Global Political Economy 

As Agnes Nairn, Professor in Marketing at the School of Management says, “There’s a real community of academics who are serious about research that makes a difference at our School – delivering first class education to students and working collaboratively towards answers to some of today’s big questions.” 

We became a top 15 UK university for Management Consultancy 

We’re over the moon to now rank in the UK’s top 15 universities for graduate destinations in the management consultancy sector. Studying management consultancy at Bristol could be the perfect opportunity to gain experience in these key areas. 

Here’s a little snippet into our Management Consultancy module, which is available to take as an option in the final year of your undergraduate degree

Commitment to BAME Scholarship and decolonising the curriculum

Professor Palie Smart, Head of the School of Management is the first and only female BAME Head of a UK Business/Management School amongst the Russell Group Universities and we can’t wait to see how she continues to lead the School forward in 2021.  

As a result of Palie’s appointment as Head of School in 2019, we’ve made an explicit commitment to BAME Scholarship and decolonising the curriculum 

Launch as School of Management 

This year saw the Department of Management officially become the new School of Management!  

In the summer of 2020, the School of Management launched as a new school and we’re now looking forward to the next year as we continue with our exciting plans for growth. 

The School of Management aims to provide a supportive while stimulating learning environment, combining management and marketing theory with practical application in the business world. 

Read more about the launch and our vision as a School for the future.  

We’d love to hear what YOUR highlights of 2020 are, no matter how big or small this year, you should be proud of all of them!