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NEWS UPDATE: 11 JULY 2023


Deadlines, dates for your diaries and details of initiatives that may interest you. In this issue Our Tenth Anniversary Conference at Aston Announcement of our 2024 Conference Hosts New Members of the Chapter Steering Committee Stepping down from the Committee: Sheila Killian and Alex Hope PRME North East and Yorkshire Local Network Event on 14 July Proposal for a collaborative module on One Planet Leadership PRME UKI Business and Society Research Development Workshop Series – 13 October TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE AND DOCTORAL COLLOQUIUM (DC) Thank you to our 140 conference and DC delegates, keynote speakers, panellists, paper and workshop presenters and events management colleagues behind the scenes who made our conference and DC at the end of June at Aston University such a memorable occasion. (Pictured below are all those present on the second morning of conference, just after the Chapter AGM).


The Chapter expresses its deep appreciation to all the organisers at Aston, and in particular Nathalie Ormrod. She and her team really rose to the occasion and created many opportunities for learning, new insights and commemoration of our first decade. Thank you also to the Aston leadership team, especially Zoe Radnor, for their moral as well as financial support for the event. If you attended the conference or DC and haven’t completed our feedback survey yet, please look for the email request from Katie Lee that was sent late last week. We’d also welcome any reflections on the conference or DC to add to our Tenth Anniversary Blog – please contact Katie Lee with your contributions. Next year our conference and DC take place at the University of Exeter We were delighted to announce at Aston that our hosts next year will be the University of Exeter. Following submission of bids, the Steering Committee decided that the University of Exeter Business School proposals were best placed to shape a distinctive 2024 conference. Their future Conference Organiser, Adrian Bailey, was on hand to take on the baton from Nathalie Ormrod and provide initial insights into what awaits delegates when we all head South West to a Chapter conference for the first time. Reacting to the news, Professor Alexandra Gerbasi, Dean of the University of Exeter’s Business School, has also commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been selected to host the PRME UKI 2024 Conference.  Our School places environmental sustainability, responsible leadership and technological transformation at the heart of everything we do, and PRME, and its core principles, have always been key in helping us frame this mission. Building on our recent success as Times Higher Education Business School of the Year 2022, hosting the 2024 UKI PRME conference is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic work we are doing in the world of Responsible Management Education, and most importantly to bring together colleagues from across the sector to share best practice and foster new collaboration. We look forward to hosting delegates at our beautiful Streatham Campus in 2024 and in following in the footsteps of previous hosts in delivering a fantastic conference experience.” Note to those interested in hosting a conference in 2025 or beyond: The Chapter will run a bidding process again in early 2024 to choose our 2025 hosts. All bids will be considered against the criteria published at the time but we would particularly welcome future applications from Ireland and Wales, as all conferences to date have been held in England or Scotland. Election of PRME UK and Ireland Steering Committee (SC) Members Congratulations to the five candidates, listed below, who were recently elected for a three year term to join the Chapter SC. All bring with them a substantial track record of PRME-related work to date, and we look forward to their many further contributions in the years ahead.

  • Dr Karen Cripps, Oxford Brookes University

  • Dr Georgina Gough, University of the West of England

  • Dr Ann Hindley, Liverpool John Moores University

  • Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas, Glasgow Caledonian University- London (re-elected)

  • Dr Rachel Welton, Nottingham Trent University (re-elected)

A full list of SC members can be found here. Farewell and thank you to two long-serving Steering Committee Members Retiring in June after a final term on the Steering Committee are longstanding members Dr Sheila Killian (University of Limerick) and Dr Alex Hope (University of Northumbria). Both have made outstanding contributions across a wide range of PRME global and regional fora, but it is for their Chapter work that we shall inevitably miss them the most. One of Sheila’s key contributions has been in the design and oversight of our now four year old Research Seed Funding Competition. The impact of this work is now being widely felt, as our recent conferences have shown. Alex was our very effective Vice-Chair for a three year period, was instrumental in our website development and, like Sheila, has helped enhance our impact within PRME Global in so many ways. Our heartfelt thanks go to both of them, and our congratulations to Alex on his recent election to the PRME Global Board. PRME NE & Yorkshire Network 10th Anniversary Sustainability and Food event, 14th July 2023, 11.30am-2.30pm at Abbey House, Durham University, Palace Green. (In person bookings closed but Zoom bookings still open.) In the latest of our Tenth Anniversary Local Network event series focused on food and SDG2, the NE and Yorkshire network invite you to listen to (1) Dr Lucia Sbragia, Durham University on sustainable fishery (2) Professor Jennifer Smith Maguire, Sheffield Hallam University on the sustainable wine market (3) Dr Pallavi Singh, Sheffield Hallam University on reducing food waste and (4) Nikki Dravers from REfUSE sustainable café, Chester-le-Street, run by Durham University alumni. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion on research vis a vis sustainability and the food sector, and for those attending in person lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Network Lead: helen.goworek@durham.ac.uk. To register for online participation, click here. Responsibility and authority as citizens and managers: Proposal for a collaborative module on One Planet Leadership We are pleased to draw to your attention a call for collaborators from Jonathan Gosling, probably best known tas the co-founder of the One Planet MBA at the University of Exeter in 2009/10 but with a distinguished track record of innovation in relation to responsible leadership and management education. Present at our Aston conference, and partly based on his many conversations with delegates there, he has asked us to publicise his call for PRME member schools interested, in his words, in collaborating to “…create a Module for students from each of our schools, on a world-wide basis, with a focus on the lived experiences of taking up responsibility and authority in as managers and as citizens in different parts of the world. Such a module would be built on structured peer-exchanges between students, enquiring into their current challenges and opportunities. There would be some formal input, with readings and assessments; but mostly we would work together to provide the space for conversations that are safe and enlightening; looking at how to be a citizen of the world, how to have responsibility in our own lives as well as those we manage. So in short – on responsible leadership. A tentative title is ‘One Planet Leadership’.” You are invited to make contact over the summer with a view to first gatherings of interested parties in September and October 2023. See the call for full details. PRME UKI Business and Society Research Development Workshop Series – Workshop 3 (October 13th 2023 – Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City University of London) PRME UK and Ireland, in conjunction with partner institutions (City University London, University of Bath, University College Dublin, University of Glasgow, and University of Nottingham) is now midway through a series of five paper development workshops running between 2021-2025 to help early and mid-career scholars develop their business and society work for publication and impact. This third workshop will be hosted by the Centre for Responsible Enterprise (ETHOS) at Bayes Business School on October 13th, 2023. For full details, including the submission deadline of 1st September, see here Chapter Events Calendar If you’re organising a Chapter-related event or wanting to find out what is on, please remember to check our Chapter Events calendar. Additions can be emailed to our PRME Intern, Katie Lee on katie.lee@unglobalcompact.org.uk Items for future news updates Local Network Co-ordinators and other event organisers, when you run a PRME event do send us a short report afterwards (with links to any relevant resources) for wider publicity through these newsletters. Send them to Katie on the email address noted above. That’s it for now – best wishes from the UK and Ireland Chapter Steering Committee.

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