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University of St Andrews Graduation, June 2018

The School of Management congratulates all of our June 2018 graduates!

We wish you success in your endeavours and hope you will keep in touch.

Special congratulations are extended to Charlie Maguire who received his Master of Arts in Management and International Relations. Principal Sally Mapstone awarded Charlie the Principal's Medal, recognising his exceptional endeavour and achievement as an undergraduate.

See tweeted photos on University of St Andrews social media using the hashtag #foreversaints, and more online at graduation 2018.

Our photos show the Principal with Charlie Maguire, Dr Lori Leigh Davis at graduation and Dr Toma Pustelnikovaite at the Gateway Building.

Principal Sally Mapstone with Principal's Medal winner Charlie Maguire, Dr Lori Leigh Davis at graduation and Dr Toma Pustelnikovaite at the Gateway Building

Sustainable Development Goals and Accounting Research - virtual special issue of AAAJ

Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal - cover‌July 2018: Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development Jan Bebbington has curated and introduced, with Professor Jeffery Unerman, a virtual special issue of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.

Addressing issues relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Accounting Research brings together ten papers that provide examples of how research — undertaken (largely) before the SDGs were adopted — can inform accounting interventions aimed at furthering achievement of the SDGs. A special issue of the journal will follow this virtual special issue (See the call for papers.). A workshop for contributors is also planned, in association with the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) International Congress 2018 in St Andrews.

Publisher Emerald has made all papers in the virtual special issue free to access until 1 October 2018.

Alumnus leads sustainability initiatives

2nd Annual Dulwich Environment Conference, held at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in March 2018 - logo‌Alumnus Ross Allan (MLitt in International Business) is the global director of business administration with Dulwich College International. As part of his work, he leads sustainability initiatives across the group.

On the news pages of the college, Ross speaks about the 2nd Annual Dulwich Environment Conference, held at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi in spring 2018. Echoing a vision shared by the School of Management, he says that "sustainability is going to be the heart of so many jobs from finance through to engineering, and we want our students to be prepared for what is going to be an extremely exciting future." The conference gave students aged from 11 – 14 the opportunity to work with sustainability leaders in practical sessions where they could formulate their own ideas for creating greener, healthier classrooms and spaces.

The event followed other initiatives including the first Dulwich Climate Conference, held in Suzhou in 2015, which included key speakers from the University of St Andrews: Professor Jan Bebbington and Dr Shona Russell of the School of Management, and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan who has an honorary Doctor of Science degree. In 2016, Ross won an award for his work in developing the green campus at Dulwich College Suzhou.

Professor gives keynote address at Swiss Foundations symposium

Dr Tobias Jung, keynote speaker at 2018 Symposium of Swiss Foundations‌June 2018: Dr Tobias Jung gave a keynote address to the 420 delegates at the 2018 Symposium of Swiss Foundations in St Gallen, Switzerland.

The address outlined the role, opportunities and challenges of advocacy by philanthropic foundations. Speaking as Director of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good at the University of St Andrews School of Management, Dr Jung highlighted the historic role of foundations' political engagement and its renewed relevance in the contemporary policy landscape.

Professor presents research at European Commission – MoFIR Workshop in Italy

Professor John Wilson‌June 2018: Professor John Wilson presented the results of his research on bank taxation at a European Commission – MoFIR Workshop in Ancona, Italy. The event was attended by prominent academics, industry practitioners and policymakers.

Drawing on insights of empirical research (co-authored with Anna Sobiech and Dimitris Chronopoulos (also from the School of Management) and Sanjay Banerji from the University of Nottingham), John explained that the results of their research suggested that taxes specifically targeted at the banking industry impacted on the availability and cost of credit to borrowers, as well as interest paid to depositors. These results provide valuable insights for policymakers involved in the design of bank regulation and supervision following the global financial crisis.

September 2018 student orientation and advising

students at GatewayOrientation week begins on Monday 10 September 2018.

Honours Advising - School of Management

Junior and Senior Honours students must advise at the allocated times specified below.
Location: Gateway Building, Level 3 (first floor).
Dates: Monday 10 September 2018 - Tuesday 11 September 2018

Junior Honours Advising 2018
Date Time Surnames starting with:
10 September
9am A-C
10.30am D-G
11.45am H-L
2pm M-O
3.30pm P-Z
Senior Honours Advising 2018
Date Time Surnames starting with:
11 September
9am A-C
10.30am D-G
11.45am H-L
2pm M-O
3.30pm P-Z

Junior Honours induction sessions - School of Management

All junior Honours students are invited to attend one induction session on either Wednesday 12 September 2018 (1pm to 3pm) or Thursday 13 September 2018 (1pm to 3pm) in Lecture Room 2 of the Gateway Building.

The session will provide you with information to support your entry into junior Honours. It will introduce you to the School at Honours level and to the ethos of the Honours programme.

Please note that you must sign up for one of the induction sessions by writing your name in an attendance sheet which will be available during Advising (i.e. Monday 10 September or Tuesday 11 September 2018).

School welcomes surveillance scholars

Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance & Privacy (CRISP) logo‌June 2018: The School of Management welcomes the fourth CRISP doctoral training school. The week-long event features five days of intensive training in multi-disciplinary research methods and skills in surveillance studies – with lectures, workshops, a field trip and networking opportunities. CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy, is a collaborative initiative between the Universities of Stirling, Edinburgh and St Andrews. CRISP is a focal point of research and expertise on the political, legal, economic and social dimensions of the surveillance society.

School welcomes sustainability workshop

June 2018: The School of Management welcomes the St Andrews workshop on research for sustainable seafood businesses. The two day event is hosted by the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR). Fifteen invited experts from around the globe are sharing information on Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) research and related projects. The SeaBOS initiative addresses the UN's sustainable development goal on ocean health.

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The impact of bank closures on SMEs

The Herald - logoMay 2018: Dr Ross Brown was invited to write a debate article for The Herald to comment on the topical issue of bank branch closures. The number of bank branches is now a third of what they stood at 30 years ago. Commenting on his recent research on the geographical variations in credit access in UK SMEs, the article examines the potential impact of further bank branch closures. Evidence suggests that when a bank branch disappears lending can fall by as much a 63% in the affected postcode location. His work strongly suggests SMEs incur "liability of distance" effects and the more distant a small firm is from a bank branch the more likely they are to encounter credit constraints — and this disproportionately impacts innovative firms.

Read the article at Bank branch closures hit SMEs the hardest.

Lecturer in The Conversation podcast

Dr Cinla Akinci‌May 2018: School of Management Lecturer in Management Dr Cinla Akinci was interviewed about her research on intuitive decision making for a podcast by The Conversation UK.
The podcast explains what intuition is and how it works in our brains and bodies. It also explores the role that intuition plays in decision making in organisational contexts, when we should follow our intuitions and when we should defer to more data-driven analysis.

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Congratulations on running success

Sam Letham with her medal after completing the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Half Marathon 2018May 2018: Congratulations to Sam Letham for a great run at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Half Marathon!

Sam ran the course in 2 hours 34 minutes and raised £923.75 (including gift aid) in sponsorship for the SSPCA. The Postgraduate Research Administrator reported that her legs were very sore after the event - but she was clearly delighted to have completed her first half marathon.

Our photo shows Sam wearing her medal.

Programme Director in QS Worldwide Conference, Moscow

Julie Brooks speaks at QS WORLDWIDE conference, May 2018May 2018: Director of Postgraduate Programmes Julie Brooks was an invited speaker at the international higher education (HE) conference hosted by QS WORLDWIDE at RUDN University in Moscow. The event, "In search of university excellence: perspectives from Russia and emerging countries", provided a unique opportunity for HE professionals to connect with academics and government representatives from across Russia, Central Asia and beyond. Participants shared insights on how universities outside of the Western hemisphere might work toward greater academic excellence.

Julie spoke about values-driven marketing and the promotion of academic schools - and the programmes they offer - within a wider University context, drawing on experiences from the University of St Andrews School of Management.

Professor presents on impact of research at the House of Commons

Professor John Wilson presents at the House of CommonsMay 2018: School of Management Professor of Banking and Finance John Wilson presented on the impact of his credit union research at the House of Commons. This was part of the Academy of Social Sciences Making the Case for Social Sciences Campaign and focused on Accounting and Finance. The event was attended by prominent public figures including Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Drawing on insights of empirical research (co-authored with Donal McKillop, Queen's University of Belfast) spanning almost 20 years, John explained that their research has featured prominently in outlets beyond academe via reports produced by: devolved governments (in Scotland, Northern Ireland); accounting (Institute of Chartered Accountants, Scotland) and trade association bodies (US Filene Institute); and US Congressional Hearings as well as invited talks at the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington and at Westminster Briefing Events in London (amongst others).

The most direct and significant impact of the research was evidenced via his and McKillop's appointment, membership and participation in the Irish Government Credit Union Commission and its subsequent recommendations, which in turn have influenced primary legislation and subsequent widespread structural change in the credit union industry.

School of Management rankings success

Complete University Guide logoFor the third consecutive year, the School of Management holds the top spot in the UK for business and management, according to The Complete University Guide 2019 rankings, April 2018.
In the same independent guide, the University of St Andrews again retains its place as the leading university in Scotland.
See University of St Andrews Press Release:
'Scotland’s first university celebrates over a decade at the top' (April 2018).

"This is a fantastic achievement, reflecting the hard work, determination and collegiality of all the staff and students in the School."

Professor John Ferguson and Professor Ruth Woodfield
Co-Heads of School

Management student wins Management Undergraduate of the Year award

Holly Hetherington receives Management Undergraduate of the Year award 2018 at the TARGETjobs awards in London.Congratulations to Holly Hetherington who is the 2018 winner of the Management Undergraduate of the Year award at the TARGETjobs awards in London.

Now in its ninth year, the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Awards continues to recognise and celebrate the best student talent in the UK.

Holly said, 'It felt like they had confused me with someone else when they first read my name out, because when I applied for the award I never dreamed I'd get this far!' Holly's advice for anyone thinking of applying for next year's awards? 'I have learnt so much from this process. I came into it wanting to gain experience of the graduate recruitment process and came away with so much more! I have gained so much confidence, friends across the country, several new business connections and a hefty glass award, all of which I could never have dreamed of getting when I applied in January.'

Applications were submitted by 3,336 undergraduate students from universities across the country for one of the 12 awards.

As winner, Holly is offered the opportunity of a ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including a week in the USA.

Holly follows in the footsteps of St Andrews alumna Georgina Ashby, BSc (Hons) Management, who in 2016 won a TARGETjobs awards placement with Rolls Royce.

See The Saint article, St Andrews student becomes Management Undergraduate of the Year.

Meet us in your country: Russia

Moscow imageMay 2018: School of Management Director of Postgraduate Programmes Julie Brooks attended the QS Worldwide 2nd Annual Strategic Summit for the Advancement of University Education in all its Forms.  The conference, held in Moscow, included an education fair where delegates could find out about the University of St Andrews.

Julie was also available for individual meetings in Moscow by appointment. Contact her at for further details.

Professor provides evidence at the House of Lords

Professor John Wilson provides evidence at the House of LordsApril 2018: School of Management Professor of Banking and Finance John Wilson presented evidence at EU Internal Markets Committee at the House of Lords. This was part of an evidence session investigating the impact of Brexit on UK Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Using insights of ongoing empirical research (co-authored with Ross Brown and José Liñares-Zegarra), John explained that the vote to leave the EU in 2016 has added to the multitude of challenges facing SMEs and led to increased uncertainty regarding future trading conditions. The extent to which SMEs are impacted by Brexit will depend not only on the final terms of any resultant deal between the UK government and the EU, but also in terms of the size, age, business orientation (such as internationalisation, growth intentions, innovativeness) industry and geographic location. He explained that SMEs that perceive Brexit as a significant business obstacle are less likely to: seek external finance; increase capital investment; generate product and process innovations and pursue growth ambitions. And if this comes to fruition this is likely to have a detrimental impact on the future growth, innovation and prosperity of SMEs and the wider UK economy.

Claire Methven O'Brien appointed

Dr Claire Methven O'Brien‌April 2018: The University of St Andrews School of Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Claire Methven O'Brien as an Honorary Lecturer in the School. Claire is Strategic Adviser (Chef Konsulent) at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, with expertise in business and human rights. Claire has extensive international experience of designing and delivering technical assistance on human rights and business to companies, public actors and civil society.

Claire has already been working with Professor John Ferguson, in a project exploring how National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights may serve as a mechanism for strengthening business governance and social accountability. Her appointment will provide opportunities for further collaboration with colleagues in the School — the Accounting, Governance and Organistions thematic group in particular — and with the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

Professor shaping the field - on social media

Professor Jan Bebbington‌April 2018: School of Management Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development Jan Bebbington has been included in a new list recognising those shaping the field of responsible business scholarship through social media. The University of Bath's #thinklist aims to celebrate "the movers and shakers in the academic world who are breaking out of the ivory towers and leading key debates".

See some of Jan's digital work on twitter: @JanBebbington.

Scottish Student Conference of CIPD

MLitt in HRM students with Mr Martin Dowling at the 2018 CIPD Scottish Student ConferenceIn Semester 2, students on the MLitt in Human Resource Management programme 2017-2018 attended the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Scottish Student Conference held at Strathclyde University.

The conference offered the opportunity to hear from leading human resource practitioners about a range of contemporary developments in people management including change management, HR analytics, developing a career in HR, talent management and succession planning, and mental health in the workplace. Students also heard from Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, who gave a keynote address, 'The Future of Work and the HR Profession'.

Our photograph shows students with Martin Dowling, Senior Teaching Fellow, who accompanied the students at the conference.

British Academy/Leverhulme grant for study of crowdfunding

British Academy logo‌Dr Ross Brown from the School of Management has been awarded a research grant from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Research Grants Scheme. The research commences in June 2018 and will undertake a "Longitudinal Examination of Equity Crowdfunding in the UK". This will be the first research to systematically track start-ups funded using this emerging form of alternative finance and will measure how this finance benefits these innovative ventures. Dr Brown is a leading authority on the topic of SME finance in the UK and has published extensively on the topic of equity crowdfunding including a recent research paper in the International Small Business Journal titled Working the Crowd: Improvisational Entrepreneurship and Equity Crowdfunding in Nascent Entrepreneurial Ventures.

Job vacancies in School of Management

The School of Management at the University of St Andrews aims to recruit talented, creative and flexible individuals who will contribute to the next phase of development of the School. Activities at the School are bound together by the idea of "responsible enterprise" – an ethos which informs all aspects of our work.
The School seeks to appoint:
· Lecturer in Banking and Finance
· Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity
· Lecturer in Marketing
· Lecturer in Organisation Studies.
Closing date: 23 April 2018.
Details: University of St Andrews Job Vacancies.

Honours preview session

students at GatewayAre you a second or third year Management student?
Do you want to know more about the Honours programme in the School of Management?
If yes, please come along to the Honours preview session.

Week 9, Wednesday 11 April 2018, 1-3pm
Lecture Rooms 3 & 4, The Gateway.

Contact Dr Kais Bouslah for further details.

SME funding research: report published

OECD and European Commission logosMarch 2018: Dr Ross Brown from the School of Management, has just had a report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD). The report was commissioned jointly by the OECD with the European Commission to investigate the effectiveness of financial lending instruments for small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs). These are funding mechanisms for SMEs (e.g. credit guarantees, public sector venture capital and soft loans) designed to alleviate imperfections within small business financial markets. These instruments are playing a growing role within economic development and regional policy across advanced economies. The European Commission intends that the research will help inform future EU cohesion policy.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the OECD: When to use financial instruments.

Professor receives Honorary Fellowship

Jan Bebbington receives the Honorary Fellowship from RSGS President Iain Stewart‌March 2018: In the week of International Women's Day, School of Management Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development Jan Bebbington received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). The Fellowship is given "in recognition of services to the Society and to the wider discipline of geography."

See the full story at: Jan Bebbington awarded RSGS Honorary Fellowship.

Carnegie Vacation Scholarship 2018

The online application process for the Carnegie Vacation Scholarships was open until Saturday 31 March 2018.

  • For Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree course at a Scottish university
  • Open to students in year 3 of a 4-year course or year 3 or 4 of a 5-year course (or equivalent stage for part-time students)
  • See Carnegie Vacation Scholarship for information and links to the website where you can apply.
  • Submissions are made in two parts, the first part completed by the student and a second to be completed by the project supervisor. Both parts must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

See the flyer: Carnegie Vacation Scholarship 2018 (PDF, 383 KB).

Meet us in your country: Russia

Moscow imageFebruary 2018: School of Management Director of Postgraduate Programmes Julie Brooks was in Russia at the following events:

Contact Julie at for further details.

Gateway refurbishment launch

January 2018: The School of Management was delighted to mark the launch of new offices in the Gateway building. Invited guests, including key members of the refurbishment project team, gathered with staff, research students and members of the School's Advisory Group to thank all those involved and toast the redevelopment's success.

The launch of the new School of Management offices, January 2018, in the Gateway building.

Impact of Brexit on SMEs: research findings

Brexit or EU signpostJanuary 2018: ‌Professor John Wilson, Dr José Liñares Zegarra and Dr Ross Brown from the School of Management have launched a study examining the impact of Brexit on UK Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The first study of its kind, the research draws on UK's Longitudinal Small Business Survey which covers 10,000 UK SMEs. The study examines the types of SMEs most likely to have the strongest reservations regarding Brexit as well as the potential (self-reported) outcomes for these firms. The paper suggests that Brexit is having a material and potentially damaging effect on UK SMEs and those with the greatest concerns are larger, innovative and export-oriented SMEs. Typically, these are considered to be the firms who make the strongest contribution to productivity and economic growth. The likely impact of Brexit-related uncertainty could result in reduced levels of capital expenditure, reduced access to external finance and weaker growth expectations. The work has featured strongly within the media, including the BBC: SMEs may be worst affected by Brexit, research suggests.

See Universirty of St Andrews news: The Impact of Brexit on UK Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

See The Conversation's summary piece: Brexit's impact on small businesses: the experts may be spot on after all.

A copy of the full paper is available online from the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance: What happens if the rules change? Brexit, uncertainty and UK Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Welcome to our guests from Zhengzhou University

Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics - logoOn Friday 12 January 2018 the School hosted lecturers from Zhengzhou University, Henan Province, China. Our guests were undertaking a study visit looking at approaches to teaching methods in western universities organised through the University of the Highlands and Islands. Their visit to St Andrews aimed to explore how the School of Management approaches its policy and practice in relation to teaching, learning and assessment.

The group heard from Director of Operations Mr Martin Dowling and Associate Lecturer in Management Dr Keyan Lai about the School's approach and also had a tour of the teaching and learning facilities at the Gateway Building, home of the School of Management.

Zhengzhou University study visit at the School of Management, January 2018

Fulbright award

Fulbright logoFormer Co-Head of School Kevin Orr is the recipient of the All Disciplines Award granted by the Fulbright Commission. Based at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, he has been exploring leadership and storytelling in the work of public administrators.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948, to foster intercultural understanding between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through educational exchange.
See more about Kevin's project and the other British Fulbright Scholar Award grantees.

Athena SWAN success for School of Management

Athena SWAN Bronze Award logoThe School of Management has been successful in its application for the Bronze Athena SWAN equality charter award. We are delighted with this achievement and endorsement of the School's ethos, culture and practices.

The charter is awarded by the Equality Challenge Unit.

Athena SWAN evolved from the Athena Project and the Scientific Women's Academic Network (SWAN) advancing representation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) in higher education.

In May 2015, the award's coverage was widened to include Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Law (AHSSBL), plus cover professional service staff.

We are the first School in St Andrews to be awarded the charter in an AHSSBL discipline.

ECU's Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their:

  • representation
  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

Congratulations to everyone in the School, and to the self-assessment team in particular for all of their hard work!

Contemporary issues in banking conference

In December 2017, the University of St Andrews School of Management welcomed the 2nd Conference on Contemporary Issues in Banking hosted by the Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance. The inaugural conference was in 2015, and was so well received that it has been instituted as a bi-annual event.

2nd Contemporary Issues in Banking Conference at the University of St Andrews School of Management

The authors and discussants of the papers presented at the conference gathered from leading universities and policy institutions around the globe, including the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

2nd Contemporary Issues in Banking Conference at the University of St Andrews School of Management

The presentations covered a wide range of banking topics of interest to academics, policymakers and practitioners alike.
These included:

  • bank liquidity risk management
  • regulatory forbearance
  • bank capitalisation
  • central bank interventions
  • bank credit ratings
  • regulatory and supervisory spill-overs
  • bank political connections
  • household financing constraints
  • cryptocurrencies.

2nd Contemporary Issues in Banking Conference at the University of St Andrews School of Management

University of St Andrews Graduation, December 2017

Graduation reception cake December 2017 - congratulations!The School of Management congratulates all of our December 2017 graduates!

"We wish you success in your endeavours and hope you will keep in touch!"

The School's morning graduation reception featured a warm welcome, hot coffee or a glass of fizz, and our traditional cake, and was attended by a record number of graduands, parents and children.

Director of Postgraduate Programmes Julie Brooks announced this year's prize winners for postgraduate taught programmes.

Management research students who received PhDs in the afternoon were Anna Brown (shown at the graduation ceremony), Theresa Majeed (in absentia), Christopher Mueller, Mirko Semler and Moritz Wiesel.

December 2017 School of Management graduation reception and graduation of Dr Anna Brown

"Studentification" and HMO policy in St Andrews: a case of bad public policy?

Dr Ross Brown, Reader in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews, has conducted the first independent assessment of the economic and social impact of the growth in student occupied houses in multiple occupation (HMO) within the town of St Andrews. "Studentification" is the complex socio-spatial process resulting from the major influx of students into specific spatial localities in certain university towns and neighborhoods. A key issue driving studentification is that of student occupied HMO.

The studentification process in parts of cities and towns can be highly contentious within local communities. The initial findings from Dr Brown's study suggest that growing levels of studentification in private residential areas and HMO policy changes may be having quite significant, and in some cases deleterious, effects on key residential areas of the town's housing market, resulting in lower levels of owner-occupied properties; restrictions in affordable housing for local residents; reduced opportunities for University staff to live locally; house price inflation in affected areas; and increased tensions between local residents and the University – all of which is coupled with a growing sense of community disempowerment.

The paper advocates a full moratorium on further HMO within the town until a proper evidence-based review of the policy has been conducted.

See report in The Courier, Blanket ban on new HMOs urged...
See Courier follow-up, HMO ban has damaged St Andrews, claims economist.
See St Andrews Citizen, Council urged to 'rethink' Fife town's HMO policy.
See Independent, Students cop the blame...

Download a copy of the paper.

North Street, St Andrews

Grant success - Sustainability learning and teaching

Dr Shona Russell‌Dr Shona Russell (School of Management) and Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs (School of Geography and Sustainable Development) have been successful in the recent round of the University of St Andrews Teaching Development Fund, winning a grant for their project, a 'Sustainability in the Curriculum Symposium'. The proposal was made in collaboration with Dr David Evans (Pro-Dean Curriculum - Arts & Divinity), Mr David Stutchfield (Estates) and Dr Rehema White (School of Geography and Sustainable Development). In Spring 2018, the project team will hold a cross-institutional symposium and conduct video interviews with academics. They aim to create opportunities to discuss and further develop pedagogical approaches, with a view to enhancing sustainability-related learning and teaching (SLT).

This project has been developed in partnership with Pro-Deans Curriculum (Drs Martin Campbell and Sharon Leahy), Transition University of St Andrews (Mr Alistair Macleod and Dr Ailsa McKenzie) and the Sustainable Development Working Group headed by the Quaestor. The University has been recognised nationally as a leader in sustainability teaching (e.g. Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development and the UK Universities that Count 2010 Report), operational sustainability (Scottish Green Energy Award for Guardbridge Biomass 2016, energy efficient data centre hold a Gold CEEDA award 2014) and student engagement through Transition University of St Andrews (Gen Gown Awards and repeated funding from Scottish Government). In response to increasing requirements to report on climate change impacts, this project supports the University's strategic commitment to sustainability by documenting and highlighting innovative sustainability learning and teaching practice.

If you want to know more about the project please contact Dr Shona Russell (sr65) or Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs (ke68).

Future Horizons in financial services

October 2017: The UK Financial Conduct Authority has published a Future Horizons Report which examines some of the possible major challenges facing financial services over the next 15 years. Members of the School of Management contributed three expert papers which informed the narrative of the report. These included:

A copy of the report, the expert papers and further details can be found at: 

Meet us in your country: Russia

Julie Brooks, Director of Postgraduate Programmes, School of Management, will be in Russia from Friday, 4 October 2017 to Thursday 12 October 2017 at the following events:

  • Study UK: Exhibition, Moscow at The Ritz Carlton Hotel - Saturday 7 October 2017, 12pm to 6pm and Sunday 8 October 2017, 12pm to 5.30pm.
    Admission is free with online registration.
  • Study UK: Exhibition at the Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg - Tuesday 10 October 2017, 3pm to 7.30pm.
    Contact Julie at for further details or to arrange an appointment.
  • IClass UK Fair at the Radisson Hotel, St Petersburg - Thursday 12 October 2017.
    Contact Julie at for further details.

Funding applications approved

The Athena SWAN Culture and Organization Working Group have approved two applications for funding (£2400 for the mid-career women interview/analysis project, and £1400 for the Gender and Equality Research Network Seminar Series) by Dr Boyka Bratanova, Professor Ruth Woodfield and Dr Juliette Summers. Congratulations!

UK Council for Graduate Education working group

Julie Brooks, Director of Postgraduate Programmes has been invited to go onto the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) PGT Student Experience Working Group. This group is made up of representatives of Universities from across the UK who have experience of working with Taught Postgraduate (i.e. Masters) students and aims to look at best practice from across the sector and develop ways of improving the student experience for these students. The Group had their inaugural meeting in Edinburgh on 31 August 2017 and they are working toward identifying key themes and areas on which to focus over the coming year.

UKCGE working groups

Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development

A chapter co-authored by Juliette Summers, Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development, has just been published by Routledge in a book of the same name.

Won Best paper award at the BAM Identity Track 2017

The paper that won Best Paper (developmental) award at the BAM Identity Track (2017) is

Exploring Paradox Management as a Social Identity Technique in Social Care Managers

Authored by Steele R. & Summers J.

A paper co-authored by Juliette Summers has won the Best Paper (developmental) Award in the Identity Track at this year’s British Academy of Management conference. The paper, Exploring Paradox Management as a Social Identity Technique in Social Care Managers, explores how paradoxical logics in the organisation of Social Care (efficiency vs care) are experiences at the individual level as occupational identity challenges. Using a Social Identity Approach (SIA), our research focuses on a largely un-researched occupational identity group, social care managers, and contributes empirically to both SIA and Paradox Management fields. In addition, surfacing the paradox within SIA allows us to extend our conceptual understanding of SIA by highlighting a particular form of identity response, social identity transcendence.

Watching or being watched? The double life of your smartphone

A paper co-authored by Professor Kirstie Ball has won the best full paper prize in the eBusiness and eGovernment track at this year's British Academy of Management conference. The paper is entitled 'Watching or being watched? The double life of your smartphone' and was written with Professor Sally Dibb and Dr Sara Degli Espostifrom the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. Focusing on smartphone geolocation tracking, the paper explains how citizens' reactions to it are tempered by their views on the trustworthiness of security institutions and the social proximity of surveillance. Social proximity is a form of surveillance NIMBYism. It refers to whether citizens believe that surveillance is directed at them or at criminalised others and is captured by the phrase 'nothing to hide nothing to fear'. The paper showed that if citizens perceived the social proximity of smartphone surveillance to be low, they were more likely to find it acceptable. The paper draws on data from the EU FP7 project SurPRISE, which examined citizen acceptance of different surveillance-oriented security technologies across 9 European countries.

Management BAM award

Grant success - Gender, Diversity and Inclusion

Members of the School of Management were successful in their bid for two grants from the Gender, Diversity & Inclusion fund in August.

One pot of money was secured to support the Gender & Equalities Network, to fund six speaker and networking events between 2017 and 2018. If you have any ideas for external speakers, please do forward them to Boyka Bratanova ( or Ruth Woodfield ( 

A further pot was secured to fund a project to be undertaken by Boyka Bratanova, Juliette Summers and Ruth Woodfield to collect qualitative data on men and women at St Andrews at the mid-career point, exploring facilitators and obstacles to making progress in their careers (with a specific focus on whether their experience is gendered). If you are willing to be interviewed for this project please let Boyka, Ruth or Juliette ( know.

Our brilliant Dean of Arts and Divinity has recently been decorated!

BAM logo‌At the British Academy of Management conference last week, a special ceremony was held to present Paul Hibbert with the Academy’s Medal for Knowledge Development.

Judged by the Academy’s Executive and Dean of Fellows, the medal is awarded for sustained, original contributions to management research by a member. Paul’s citation recognised his significant contribution to promote the Management, Knowledge and Education agenda of the Academy.

Job vacancies in School of Management

The School of Management at the University of St Andrews aims to recruit talented, creative and flexible individuals who will contribute to the next phase of development of the School. Activities at the School are bound together by the idea of "responsible enterprise" – an ethos which informs all aspects of our work.
The School seeks to appoint:
- Professor in Management, Reader / Senior Lecturer in Management. Closing date: 22 September 2017.
- Part-Time Postgraduate Taught Administrator. Closing date: 11 September 2017.
Details: University of St Andrews Job Vacancies.

Race under wraps

British businesses must break their "silence" on the under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) in key roles, according to new research commissioned by the British Academy of Management (BAM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and co-authored by Dr Lisi Gordon, from the School of Management at University of St Andrews.

Further information on this project can be found in University news: Race under wraps.

Delivering Diversity Coverage Report (PDF, 528 KB)

Race under wraps

Executive MBA students from Paris at the School of Management

Sciences Po archwayThe School of Management welcomed Executive MBA students from Sciences Po, Paris (, for a study week (21-25 August 2017) in St Andrews. This was the ninth time the School hosted a delegation of students from Sciences Po. The study visit, which this year focussed on corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, was one of a number of collaborative initiatives currently being pursued by the two institutions.

REF2014: St Andrews demonstrates excellence in management research

REF 2014 logoThe School of Management University of St Andrews has delivered an excellent performance in the 2014 REF. The School was placed 13th in the UK (out of 101 submissions) and second in Scotland (within a whisker of the much larger business school at Strathclyde).  A particular highlight for the School was its performance on 'research impact'.
See more on the School of Management in REF2014.

St Andrews on 'best place to live' list

St Andrews panoramaAs reported in independent student newspaper The Saint, St Andrews has been named as one of the "best places to live" by The Sunday Times.
See the 17 March 2014 article on
See also updated archive news: Quality of Life in St Andrews.

Older news: Archive.