In addition, Aston University is now ranked 5th in the UK in The People and Planet Awards 2010 (from a position of 93rd in 2007). See map of local ethical & sustainable suppliers devised by students on the course as part of Aston's Go Green Week.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives and is suitable for those people interested in working in roles related to CSR and Sustainability in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not-for-profit and charitable sectors.
It provides the opportunity to study a specialist MSc for those currently working in this area as well as those who aspire to do so.
The programme aims to:
- adopt a transdisciplinary approach, enabling students to explore social responsibility and sustainability from multiple perspectives in a business context
- engage in intellectual debates that reflect core issues and dilemmas and explore theories and practices relating social responsibility and sustainability
- provide flexible, comprehensive programmes of study that meet the ideas and needs of local, national and international students enabling them to learn by the exchange of experience as well as formal academic study
- provide students with an excellent learning experience that develops intellectual, subject based and transferable skills through drawing on the research and experience of academic staff at Aston and beyond
- ensure relevance by maintaining and enhancing the School’s links with business, professional, public and third sector organisations
- combine both academic and practical perspectives relating to this area to enable students completing the programme to be prepared for roles related to social responsibility and sustainability in commercial business, the public or third sectors
- enhance life-long learning skills and personal development to enable students to work with self-direction and contribute to business and society at large
- develop and enable students to develop their capacities as an informed and self-aware individual contributing to progressive organisational and social change.
In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our internationalstudy exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will further enhance your international experience and communciation skills, preparing you for a career in the interntional business environment.
Part-time / Distance learning available:
There are plans to develop this programme in block format. Many people working in social responsibility and sustainability have no formal education in these areas, so it is planned to make the programme available at Certificate, Diploma or MSc levels (with stepping off points) to provide underpinning skills/knowledge and a qualification. There may also be the opportunity for individual modules to be available for CPD.
The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a project.
This programme combines both academic and practical perspectives relating to this area and would be suitable for those interested in working in roles related to CSR and Sustainability in commercial business, the public sector, social enterprises or the not for profit and charitable sectors. It also provides the opportunity to study a specialist MSc for those currently working in this area as well as those who aspire to do so.
We have an established global reputation for offering a unique educational experience. We provide a high quality education and emphasis is placed on personal and professional development through knowledge and skills gained during the programme and personal reflection. We put you at the heart of what we do; to provide a truly transformational learning experience. We develop future leaders, encouraging you to be the best you can be, and to be an inspiration to others.
Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:
A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students
24 hours access
Free Wi-Fi connection
Modern lecture/tutorial rooms
IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
MSc (Psychol), FCIPD
Carole Parkes is co-Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School. As part of Aston's commitment to the United Nations (Global Compact) Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRiME), Carole participates in Forums at the UN and regularly speaks at events on Responsibility and Sustainability including the Association of American Business Schools, the UN PRiME event on Climate Change in Copenhagen and in June 2009 hosted a UK Universities event at Aston for the UN PRiME supported by the British Academy of Management, the Association of Business Schools and the Association of MBA's.
Locally, Carole also works with the Birmingham Centre for Business Ethics and Business in the Community.
In June 2012, Carole was a Discussion Leader at the PRME Global Forum at Rio+20 Earth Summit, contributed a case study on Aston for the ‘Inspirational Guide for Integrating Sustainability’ and co authored the Report on Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education.
In July 2012, Carole had an article published in the New Statesman, titled 'to change the banks, we must first change the business schools.'
Recent book: Strategic HRM: Building Research Based Practice: (2008) Chapter ‘Corporate Responsibility, Ethics and Strategic HRM’ Aston Centre for Human Resources, CIPD publishing.
Dr John Blewitt
BScEcon, MA, MEd, PhD, FRSA
John Blewitt is Director of Lifelong Learning at Aston University, UK. Formerly Director of the MSc Sustainable Development at University of Exeter, he is author of The Ecology of Learning (Earthscan, 2006) and Understanding Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2008) and editor of Community, Empowerment and Sustainable Development (Green Books, 2008).
He has experience of community activism, local government, consultancy and has a strong interest in professional education. His most recent project involves working with Wildscreen on the use of film, television and new media in conservation education and lifelong learning. His latest book Putting Animals in the Frame is due out in the autumn of 2010.
He is a member of the Commission for Education and Communication of the IUCN, the UK Sustainable Development Panel and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Teaching staff are drawn from a range of different disciplines within and beyond the Business School.
External speakers also provide insights that add to the applied nature of the programme.
Teaching staff include: