UCL launches new School of Management

30 July 2015
Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf at Night. Image Courtesy of Robert Pittman via Flickr

A new School of Management will be established at UCL on 1st August 2015, replacing its Department of Management Science and Innovation. The School will significantly expand UCL’s research and teaching in business and management, with a focus on innovation, technology management, analytics, and entrepreneurship.

New programmes will be available for postgraduate students in management, finance, business analytics and financial technology entrepreneurship. The School will also offer a broad range of undergraduate and other postgraduate programmes and will conduct world-leading research in organizational behaviour, innovation and creativity management, strategy and entrepreneurship, and analytics.

Professor Bert de Reyck, Director of the UCL School of Management, said: “Establishing the UCL School of Management marks a milestone in the history of UCL. We aim to create a top school committed to the delivery of world-leading research, economic and societal impact and robustly academic business training. We will achieve this by partnering with other leading universities, businesses, and policy makers, and by fostering close links with other UCL departments in engineering, economics, medical sciences, psychology and statistics.”

From September 2016, postgraduate programmes will be taught in new premises for the UCL School of Management, occupying Level 38 of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, the UK’s major global business district. Undergraduate programmes will be based on the UCL Bloomsbury campus but all students will be able to take advantage of the benefits offered by both locations.

Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering, said: “The new UCL School of Management will strengthen relationships between students, businesses and research by providing a fertile environment for sharing knowledge and implementing new ideas. Being based at Canary Wharf and Bloomsbury, students will benefit from all the resources available on campus, but also have access to firms, internships and the opportunity to develop personal relationships with globally important companies in the heart of corporate London.”

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming UCL, one of the world’s top-ranked universities, to Canary Wharf. The agreement between Canary Wharf Group and UCL will enable the brightest postgraduates to benefit from proximity to world-class financial and professional services institutions. These students will be able to experience the unique fusion between business and technology we enjoy here, through access to networks of business people as well as the technology corporates, entrepreneurs and innovators in the 180 start-ups residing in Level39. Spanning three floors, or 80,000 sq ft, “Level39” is Europe’s biggest technology accelerator.”

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