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EQUIS re-accreditation success


Nottingham University Business School has been awarded renewal of a major international accreditation, EQUIS, for the maximum length of five years. This achievement continues the School’s membership of a select global group of business schools that hold the sought-after five-year accreditation.


The EFMD Quality Improvement System, EQUIS, is one of the three prestigious accreditation schemes for leading institutions in business education. It is granted and run by EFMD, the European Foundation for Management Development, based in Brussels. EQUIS is a mission-based accreditation with an international focus and its scope covers the entire School and all its activities.

Nottingham is distinctive for being the only UK business school to hold EQUIS accreditation for all its business school operations on the University’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Dean of Nottingham University Business School, Professor Duncan Angwin, said:

“I am delighted that EQUIS has re-accredited Nottingham University Business School for the full term of five years, across all our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. The Accreditation Board was particularly impressed with the quality of the School in the areas of Research, Internationalisation, Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics. This is a tremendous testimony to the depth and strength of the business school, particularly in achieving this accolade during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Dean of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia, Dr Lau Chee Kwong, said:

“We are proud that the School has secured this re-accreditation by EQUIS, which places us in an elite global group of business schools with one of the most sought-after international accreditations. This is also a strong endorsement of our commitment to stringent standards for business education in Malaysia and the region.”

The EQUIS accreditation process is rigorous and takes several years to prepare for. EQUIS assesses the whole business school including not only all its degree programmes but also all activities and units of the institution covering teaching, research, business connections, executive education provision and community outreach, alumni relations, student opinion, administration, and resources.

The School is grateful for the involvement of its alumni, corporate friends and associates, and students in contributing to this successful re-accreditation.

Nottingham University Business School

The School specialises in developing leadership potential, supporting innovation and enterprise, and encouraging a global outlook.

It is recognised as one of the world’s top business schools for integrating sustainability issues into its undergraduate, MBA, MSc, PhD, and executive programmes and has unrivalled global reach through Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. The School holds a Small Business Charter Award in recognition of its important role in supporting small and medium enterprises. It is accredited by both the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and ranks among the UK’s top ten for research power.

Several accreditations

Nottingham University Business School has also gained accreditations from several professional bodies for individual courses, including full accreditation by the Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) for MSc Banking and Finance and MSc Banking and Risk, which means that students graduate with a Chartered Banker Diploma - the gold standard for professional bankers and the highest award available in the banking world.

The School’s BSc Accountancy “Flying Start” is one of only three undergraduate degrees in the UK run in collaboration with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) that offers students paid work placements and the chance to work with PwC when they graduate.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our students. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. Ranked 103rd out of more than 1,000 institutions globally and 18th in the UK by the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and inclusive and disability sport provision is reflected in its crowning as The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Sports University of the Year. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally. Alongside Nottingham Trent University, we lead the Universities for Nottingham initiative, a pioneering collaboration which brings together the combined strength and civic missions of Nottingham’s two world-class universities and is working with local communities and partners to aid recovery and renewal following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 13th August 2021

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