The mission of Essex Business School (EBS) is to offer a transformational education to its students, and demonstrate research excellence that has a positive impact on both business and society.
It combines business teaching and research in traditional areas such as accounting, finance, management and marketing, with an intellectually pluralistic and innovative approach to research and academic development. EBS considers itself to be at the forefront of a more socially responsible and sustainable approach to business education. In order to help achieve this mission, the School is committed to helping staff to develop and excel in education, research and leadership while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
We continually strive to develop the scale and scope of our research and provide an intellectually challenging, research-led learning experience for all our students. Based across two campuses, in Colchester and at Southend-on-Sea, and with online and international provision delivered in conjunction with Kaplan Open Learning and Kaplan Singapore, EBS is organised into five subject groups:
It currently has 2394 campus-based students, 105 academic and 42 professional services staff, an annual turnover of over £23 million and offers more than 40 courses across the range of business subjects including a full-time and online MBA. On the Colchester campus, the School is located within a £23 million, carbon positive building featuring a winter garden, formal and informal learning and teaching space, a 250-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art ICT provision, social spaces and a café. EBS also has a major presence at Southend, with almost 300 students and 17 staff as part of a multidisciplinary campus of 1,300 students. On that campus, the Gateway Building provides contemporary teaching, business and study facilities while The Forum is a £27 million facility that houses a comprehensive library, teaching spaces and a 24-hour Learning Hub. Southend has excellent transportation links with rail services to London, Southend Airport, and road networks to the greater London area.
EBS has an excellent reputation for teaching and research, and we seek to ensure that our portfolio of courses reflects the expertise and research strengths of our colleagues, is attractive to applicants and that our students have a first-class experience. We constantly search for, and respond to, new opportunities for growth, aiming to diversify our revenue streams to hedge against risks in the external environment. We are developing a diverse programme portfolio across subjects and levels, consolidating and developing our Executive Education provision, building new partnerships, and our ambition is to join the elite group of ‘Triple Crown’ accredited business schools to which end we are currently progressing both AACSB and AMBA accreditation.
As the School grows and develops, we intend, however, to remain true to our values of inclusiveness, pluralism and responsibility. We are strengthening and deepening our commitment to quality and innovation, and to furthering our global outlook, for the benefit of all of our students and staff. In line with the University’s values, our students are full members of our community whether they study on campus, online, or at a partner institution. We believe it is vital for our graduates to have strong critical thinking, team-working and communicative capabilities to achieve maximum success in their future lives and careers and are committed to developing these capacities in all of our students.
The existing research culture in the School is one that combines business engagement with a strong social science research ethos. As such, it supports and respects a diversity of substantive interests and research approaches encouraging business application and impact, as well as innovation and iconoclasm. Support is given for conference attendance, international collaborations and the pursuit of excellent published outputs and income generation. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the ongoing development of this research culture supporting and building upon these strengths and values.
The role itself combines responsibility for leadership and management of one of the largest Departments in the University, working closely with the Heads of Groups and the wider School leadership team; strategic development of the School’s research profile; developing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, widening our links with professional bodies, and extending the School’s profile regionally, nationally and internationally. The post holder will also hold a substantive professorship within the School.