Cardiff School of Management awarded BSIS label

Cardiff School of Management BSIS impact

We are delighted to announce that Cardiff School of Management, UK, has successfully completed the Business School Impact System (BSIS) assessment process and has been granted the BSIS label. 

Addressing the school for this achievement, BSIS Director François Bonvalet remarked:

“Warm congratulations to Cardiff School of Management for receiving the BSIS label, which recognises its proactive approach to maximising impact and highlights its pivotal role in driving positive change. Cardiff’s remarkable growth in student numbers, coupled with a strong international presence and impactful research outputs, showcases the school’s invaluable contribution to both internal and external stakeholders.”

Cardiff School of Management

Cardiff School of Management, based in state-of-the-art facilities in the capital city of Wales, is the business school of Cardiff Metropolitan University. Its mission is to create a dynamic learning and research environment through which students can develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen careers.

The school is committed to contributing to the economic and social development of the region by providing opportunities for innovation and growth through applied research, industry partnerships, and a focus on employability. The school is increasingly global in both its composition and outlook. The school has many students based at transnational education partner campuses across the world, and over 100 nationalities are present on the Cardiff campus itself.

From classroom to boardroom: A holistic approach to impact

The BSIS assessment highlighted the Educational Impact of the school’s programmes, characterising them as accessible, supportive, creative, flexible, professional, and forward-looking. They were also shown to be diverse (in students and degrees) and diversely accepting, with strong mentions of welcoming. These are distinctive, resonating, vital strengths, especially for first-generation students.

In terms of Business Development Impact, the assessment showed that the school is known as the go-to place for business development expertise and advice. It provides a lifecycle of support from start-up to scale-up and onwards, with expertise in bringing organisations together to develop communities of business development practice.

The school’s place in the Regional Ecosystem was recognised through creating impact as an acknowledged soft power and was seen as an important referral point for regional stakeholders. It demonstrates very strong civic and public sector engagement alongside employers, schools, and colleges. The school is seen as “open to seeing the bigger picture” and “opening doors for co-creation of impact internationally,” with particular emphasis on the convening and connecting power of CSM.

Additionally, the BSIS assessment noted that the school generates a virtuous circle of impact through its teaching, enterprise and research activities, further capturing the Image Impact within this and developing an accompanying image impact narrative is a priority for the school.

Professor David Brooksbank, Dean of Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University, commented:

“The BSIS impact assessment moves us beyond simply having a mission to actually understanding and communicating how we are making that difference across a range of dimensions and the positive impact we have on both our region and more globally. The BSIS assessment has helped us to identify our key strengths and highlight the areas of distinctiveness that make Cardiff School of Management unique. Of course, we are also delighted to be the first Business School in Wales (or, more widely, in any UK-devolved nation) to receive the BSIS label.

We decided to approach BSIS for an impact assessment because we wanted to see where we stand in terms of impact and find ways to enhance it. With expansion plans well underway, the school is keen to place impact assessment at the centre of its strategy and to differentiate itself by demonstrating the value it adds to the Cardiff Capital Region and beyond.

I am grateful to my CSM and wider university colleagues and to the range of external stakeholders who took part. Together I believe they have helped us evidence and highlight the true impact of the school across the BSIS dimensions. In turn, this will allow us to re-position the school to address the needs of the region more responsively and exploit the many opportunities that still exist to showcase our work.”

About BSIS

The Business School Impact System (BSIS) is the first comprehensive impact assessment tool for business schools, covering more than 130 indicators across seven dimensions of impact. It provides a tailor-made data collection system for monitoring, assessing, and developing the impact of business schools.

The BSIS process involves the definition of the impact zone and institutional scope, data collection, impact assessment, and the report with recommendations for future development. Demonstrating the school’s impact on internal and external stakeholders, the system serves as a communication and negotiation tool externally and fosters an impact culture within the school. Schools that undergo BSIS are awarded the BSIS label for a three-year period.

What is it like for schools to undergo the BSIS process? Discover the compelling journey of Blanka Cimcioch, International Accreditations Coordinator at Poznań University of Economics and Business, as she shares her insights on navigating the BSIS process, highlighting the challenges, seizing the opportunities, and reaping the rewarding results it has yielded. Read more.

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