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History of the School

The School of Business and Management (SBM) was established in 2005 and has built a strong reputation for taking a socially-responsible approach to education and research. This is reflected in our commitment to promote social justice, sustainability and good governance in the management of private, public and voluntary organisations through our research and education. This commitment is entirely in keeping with the origins of the University we are part of, which was founded back in the 1880s to provide opportunities for those not traditionally able to access higher education, particularly women and people on low income.  We continue this tradition of widening participation today, and are one of the most inclusive business schools in the Russell group, especially in terms of our undergraduate entrants.

Although the School dates from 2005, business education has been offered at QMUL since the 1990s. Initially, a Business Studies Unit delivered modules for undergraduates majoring in science and technology subjects, modern languages, human geography, and international relations. Modules were taught by academics from neighbouring higher education institutions, while a small team of professional services staff team managed all the student registration tasks. In 2002, a full Bachelor of Science programme in Business and Management was launched, and the Unit expanded into a Centre for Business Management with its own members of academic staff.

The Centre quickly grew in size, developing research strengths and launching new specialist Masters programmes, and in 2005 the University formally created a new School of Business and Management, meaning staff had their own Head of School, a dedicated budget, and more autonomy in shaping future plans for education, research and impact.

From the outset, leaders in the School have invested in support for research and scholarship, steadily improving the number and quality of contributions made by staff to the academic world and the business and management community. School strategy has also driven investment in student support, with the provision of specialist study skill help and a range of initiatives to improve students’ employability – including an Entrepreneurship Hub for those wanting to be their own boss.


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Russell Group

Russell Group logoQueen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of 24 leading universities represented by the Russell Group, that are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Russell Group focus on:

  • Sustainable funding: ensuring our leading universities can continue to deliver a high-quality experience for students
  • Research: promoting world-leading UK research and innovation that changes lives for the better
  • Immigration: ensuring our universities can attract and retain global talent, to learn, research and teach in the UK
  • Access: continually working to make our world-class education more accessible to students of all backgrounds
  • International partnerships: seeking an ambitious future EU relationship and embracing the new global opportunities ahead
  • Environment: championing research into green technology, while mitigating the environmental footprint of our universities

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University of London member institution

University of London logoThe University of London is a federal University, consisting of 17 independent members. The University of London is one of the oldest universities in England. It is committed to high quality teaching, research and flexible programmes accessible to all students. As a University of London Partner our students have access to the UoL Student Central Hub including their clubs and societies, events and facilities. Queen Mary students also have free access to Senate House Library which contains 2 million books, 50 special collections and 1800 archival collections as well as over 430 study spaces.

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UN PRME

PRME logoHere at the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London we take great pride in our unique approach. Our teaching is underpinned by the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

2ndin London for Accounting and Finance

(Complete University Guide 2021)

33rdin the UK for Business Studies

(Times Good University Guide 2021)

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We are a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Annual Report

Our 2020 Annual Report presents a single account of the School of Business and Management's achievements against the various elements of the School's mission.