Recognising excellence: Sheffield Business School awarded BSIS label for impact

Sheffield Business School awarded BSIS label

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

Since the establishment of the Sheffield Business School (SBS) brand in 1986, the school has successfully developed a distinctive identity and recognisable expertise within its impact zone, complemented by the Sheffield Hallam University parent brand. Its impact has been considerable and is increasing across all seven dimensions considered in its assessment. Amidst acclaim and challenges, SBS emerges as a beacon of educational innovation and community engagement, setting the stage for transformative growth.

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

“Warm congratulations to Sheffield Business School on earning the BSIS label. With a rich legacy and a renewed focus on societal impact, its dynamic regional presence and commitment to excellence herald a transformative era in education and community engagement.”

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Sheffield Business School (SBS) is part of Sheffield Hallam University, a large, public, metropolitan University with over 31,000 students. SBS can trace its history back to the 1950s, together with its reputation for serving students, businesses and a broad range of stakeholders across the local and regional community. The SBS brand was established in 1986 with an ethos of practice-based education and research that combines academic rigour with practical application and is home to some 7000 students in total, including Executive Education.

Driving change: Commitment to societal growth

Distinguishing features in the school’s brand refresh might well focus on its determination – as stated in its mission- to make a positive impact on society. Whilst this could be society in general, it is more likely to be the regional ecosystem in which the school operates and where its impact is most obviously seen through attracting student and employer talent to the region, celebrating the uniqueness of the region and the school’s location within it, through inclusive and responsible practices that generate growth and opportunity and through collaborations and partnerships that deliver value for staff, students, employers and the communities they serve.

In terms of market positioning, SBS is clearly embedded within its impact zone as a civic business school in the city and the region, while for the city of Sheffield and at the same time being a regional business school with an increasingly national and international footprint.

With a vision to be a leading applied business school making a positive impact on society, 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 city of Sheffield and the wider South Yorkshire region.

Innovative partnerships propel financial growth, transcend challenges

SBS demonstrates a positive trajectory in its financial impact, evident through its surpassing of sector trends in undergraduate student recruitment and growth in overseas student numbers. Recognising the importance of financial future-proofing amidst external challenges, there’s a proactive stance towards planning and restructuring. Additionally, fostering an active bidding culture, both internally and externally, has resulted in successful collaborations, even with competitors, highlighting the school’s adaptability and potential for strategic growth.

The school’s business development efforts have resulted in clear positive impact, with a strong commitment to nurturing start-ups with initiatives such as Help to Grow and the iLab incubation space, leading to solid growth and expansion. Collaboration across faculties, real-world application in the curriculum, and guaranteed internship opportunities further reinforce its dedication to fostering innovation and preparing students for entrepreneurship.

The school’s commitment to societal impact is evident through its alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, reflected in its vision, mission, research, and teaching practices. With CSR integrated into research themes, publications, and teaching methods and active participation in networks such as Athena Swan and PRME, the school demonstrates a strong dedication to CSR, fostering both research and societal impact.

Professor Conor Moss, Executive Dean, College of Business, Technology and Engineering and Sheffield Business School, commented:

“Sheffield Business School’s Mission is to lead transformative change for our students, businesses and broader society.  Undertaking the BSIS impact assessment has enabled us to set a baseline across the 7 dimensions of the impact that our curriculum, our research and our partnerships have on our students and our community; we are more explicitly able to demonstrate that we are proudly a highly applied Business School.  I am extremely thankful to Sheffield Business School colleagues and our partners for their contributions to the BSIS submission and visit.

In Autumn 2024, we will be moving to a new purpose-built Business School in the centre of Sheffield; as part of our celebrations, we will be promoting our BSIS label through a series of events to showcase our impact and to set new ambitions for having even more impact regionally, nationally and globally as we move forward.

Thank you to the BSIS team; we are delighted to join the community and look forward to continued collaborations and new opportunities.”

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.

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