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  • UK & Ireland PRME Regional Chapter

Announcement of 2022 PRME UK and Ireland Conference Hosts

The Chapter is delighted to announce that the University of Hull has been chosen to host our annual conference in the summer of 2022. Our conference is the highlight of the Chapter year, offering the PRME community opportunities to debate the latest research and pedagogic innovations in the responsible management education field. The announcement follows a competitive bidding process attracting bids from across the Chapter's 60 plus members. Commending Hull, Chapter Chair, Dr Jonathan Louw, congratulated all involved on "an intellectually coherent, thematically challenging proposal which clearly has the backing of a senior team committed to the PRME agenda. Hull Business School's experience of and ability to flex between oncampus, online and hybrid conference delivery also shone through." Welcoming the decision, Hull University Business School (HUBS) Director Yvonne Moogan, stated: “we are honoured to be selected to host and organise the Chapter’s 2022 Conference. The University of Hull was one of the first UK Signatories of PRME, and is thoroughly committed to drive and demonstrate the importance of responsible management education. This aligns perfectly with our Vision of ‘shaping a fairer, brighter and carbon neutral future’, and will be a timely opportunity to promote dialogue in our sector on how we can all shape such a future together. We look forward to welcoming the UK & Ireland PRME community to our wonderful campus, city and region.” This will be the first conference of the Chapter happening in a post-COP26 world, which is expected to continue to accelerate the pace of change and transformation all around us. The conference’s theme draws directly from this and other sustainability-related developments, like the 2030 SDGs, as a prompt to question how ‘future-fit’ our management education practices and approaches are. As Fernando Correia, HUBS’ CSR Champion, explains: “the decade ahead of us has been named the ‘decade of action’ or ‘decade of transformation’. In theory, Business Schools should be ahead of the curve and already preparing programmes and graduates that are equipped to drive, shape or at least navigate such transformation. However, it can legitimately be asked if our traditional approaches and programmes are more focused on preparing graduates for the world as it was, rather than the future world where their careers will develop and grow. Hence our proposed theme - “Green Revolution: driving it, slowing it or playing catch up?” This conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on these and other questions, and explore if and how the coming “decade of transformation” might also transform management education.” A date for the conference will be confirmed in the new academic year. The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007. As a platform to raise the profile of sustainability in schools around the world, PRME equips today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. Working through Six Principles, PRME engages business and management schools to ensure they provide graduates with the skills needed to balance economic and sustainability goals, within the overall framework offered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a voluntary initiative with over 800 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the largest organised relationship between the United Nations and management-related higher education institutions. More information: Twitter: @PRME_UKI

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