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The Business School
The University of Edinburgh Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This triple accreditation highlights the quality of teaching and excellence of research at the School.

The Business School has approximately 100 academic staff who cover the full spectrum of business and management disciplines, organised into six subject groups, each managed by a Head of Group: Accounting and Finance; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Management Science and Business Economics; Marketing; Organisation Studies; and Strategy. Detailed information can be found at the School website at

The School provides a professional and comprehensive support services structure designed to meet the needs of students, academic staff and other stakeholders. We are committed to the delivery of a high quality, corporate service across all our activities, and all new appointments are made with this ethos in mind.

The Business School is committed to equal and fair treatment of all its employees and in recognition of the positive promotion for diversity and gender equality among staff and students, Athena SWAN granted the Business School a Bronze Award in 2017.

The outcome of the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 confirmed the excellence of our research. Our GPA of 3.04 ranked us 21st out of 101 UK Business Schools participating in the assessment exercise (up from 35th in RAE 2008). Research Fortnight's measure of research power (which takes into account both the quality and the breadth of the research) placed us in 16th position in the UK, 2nd in Scotland. 71.1% of our research outputs were rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our aim is to be respected by academics for the outstanding quality of our scholarship and listened to by practitioners for the relevance of our expertise. A commitment to excellence in research lies at the heart of all we do, and academic staff are expected to be full and active members of the School’s research community. Research is, in turn, supported by a generous sabbatical system and as far as possible, teaching activities are organised to protect the time that staff have available for research. The School is actively differentiating itself with recruitment of faculty and major new investment in four new crosscutting interdisciplinary research and engagement ‘platforms’.

These areas currently include:

• Strategic Leadership
• Financial Decision Making
• Governance and Accountability
• Business Resilience.

The School is committed to enabling and encouraging our staff and students to forge links with the corporate world at local, national and international levels. The School has a broad portfolio of educational programmes. These include:

• A substantial suite of undergraduate programmes in business with an annual intake of about 280 students and a student population of around 1,000 full-time equivalents.
• A suite of specialist MSc Programmes covering a broad range of topics. A typical cohort size for one of our MSc programmes is around 50-70 students.
• A full-time MBA programme with around 35 students and a 27-month Executive MBA (launched in 2014) with 30 students.
• A PhD programme and an MSc by Research, comprising circa 120 students, on both a full-time or part-time basis.

The School also delivers some executive education, and a considerable expansion in the School’s corporate engagement activities is in progress.

The School is conveniently located in the University’s central area at 29 Buccleuch Place.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.
The University of Edinburgh
For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

Equality Networks:

Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
Disabled Staff Network

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.