UKI delegates discuss SIP reporting and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 3rd Annual PRME UK & Ireland conference was hosted this year as a collaboration between two Universities (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University) and also two related networks (PRME and European Business Ethics Network EBEN).
These collaborations offered the opportunity to attract a significant number of delegates (120 for the 2 conferences) and a considerable international presence (12 nationalities). There were thought provoking contributions from Senior Academic, Ed Freeman and Head of PRME Secretariat, Jonas Haertle and a range of paper presentations and workshops.
Robin Hood greeting delegates
The conference was opened by Robin Hood, who hopefully awakened the urge for social justice, equality, and the love of the forest in our assembly. Topics of paper discussions included curriculum design, student engagement, and leadership development. Workshops also proved popular this year with a focus on take away tools. The recent strategic review of PRME and the alignment of PRME with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were also discussed. The theme of the conference was collaboration and build capacity in responsible management education and these aims were facilitated in the time together and with many offers of collaboration across the PRME participants going forward.
The Chapter AGM was held during the conference and suggestions made for forums to promote Faculty Development, a student competition and opportunities to engage more businesses and students in future years. Thanks were extended to Greenleaf Publishing for their continued support for Chapter activities.
Finally, the Nottingham team from both Business Schools, headed up by Mollie Painter-Morland, Paul Caulfield and Petra Molthan-Hill did a splendid job of hosting the conference and invitations for proposals to host the 2017 conference will be sent out in September 2016.
Thirty-two delegates of PRME signatory business and management schools from across the UK and Ireland came together to agree on a Constitution and Steering Committee, and to discuss ideas on the roles, activities, and events for the new Chapter.
Delegates were welcomed by Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University and hosted by Carole Parkes Aston Business School and Alan Murray, Winchester Business School. Alan Murray was elected Chair and Carole Parkes Vice Chair of the Chapter. Other officers and Steering Group members elected included Treasurer Alec Wersun, Glasgow Caledonian University, Secretary Natalia Yakovleva, Winchester Business School, Paul Cashian, Coventry University, David Clemson, London South Bank University, Joanne Cook, University of Hull, Sheila Killian, University of Limerick, Jonathan Gosling, University of Exeter
Christian Herzig, Nottingham Business School, presented research on "Business Schools' Self Presentations on SocialResponsibility and Sustainability in SIPS reports", Jon Peters, Greenleaf Publishing discussed developments on publishing and PRME initiatives and Steve Kenzie, Secretariat for the UK Network of the UN Global Compact presented insights from the Network.
Delegates then discussed ideas on the role, activities and proposed events for the new Chapter and produced a wide range of exciting suggestions and outline plans for the future.
The first UK & Ireland PRME conference was held at Winchester Business School on 8th & 9th April 2014. The conference was held in conjunction with The Future of Capitalism Conference. A range of plenary and short paper sessions generated lively discussions and knowledge sharing. The next conference is scheduled for 29th & 30th June 2015 at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME, UK & Ireland Edition was published by Greenleaf in September 2014. featuring a wide range of UK & Ireland PRME initiatives