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29 October 2010 | PR 10/166

Loughborough professor appointed chairman of the Association of Business Schools

Professor Angus Laing, Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, has been appointed as the next chairman of the Association of Business Schools (ABS).

The ABS is the representative body and authoritative voice for all the leading business schools of UK universities, higher education institutions and independent management colleges, which collectively provide business and management education for over 250,000 students a year. The ABS also works with similar organisations in Europe and around the world to influence those who have an involvement or interest in business and management education.

Of his appointment, Professor Laing said: “As Chair of the ABS, I look forward to working with policy makers and leading business organisations to ensure that the UK business school community plays a central role in the supporting the development of the UK economy.

“Business schools are uniquely placed to contribute to the economic recovery by producing the highly skilled graduates required by business and by enhancing business performance through leading edge research.

“They must also work closely with colleagues in the science, technology, engineering and medical disciplines to support high-value manufacturing and commercialisation of technological innovation which will help to rebalance the economy.”

Professor Laing, who is only the second person with a marketing background ever to hold the post, will formally take up the chairmanship from 1 November.

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Victoria Robinson
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Angus Laing biography

Professor Angus Laing, BA (Hons) MA, MBA, PhD, has been Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University since March 2010.

Prior to taking up his role at Loughborough he was Professor of Management and Head of School of the University of Glasgow Business School, and had held the Beneficial Bank Chair of Marketing at the Open University Business School where he was Director of Research.

At Glasgow he played a leading role in securing accreditation by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for the School, developing a network of international partnerships, and building links with communities of practice.

His research interests centre on the consumption and delivery of professional services in contemporary societies. As part of this activity he has lead successive ESRC-funded studies of the impact of the information revolution on service consumption and a major Department of Health project on patient use of e-health services.

Professor Laing currently has a British Academy Research Development Award exploring cross-national variation in patient use of e-information resources. Previous work has been funded by the DTI, the NHS, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a range of private sector organisations including HSBC and Liberty Mutual.

He has published on issues of service consumption and management across public and private sectors in a range of academic and professional journals, as well as contributing to texts on services marketing and consumption. This research activity is complemented by an extensive range of management development and consultancy work undertaken with a range of public and private sector organisations. Recent professional involvement includes: Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing; member of the Editorial Board for the European Journal of Management, the Journal of Services Marketing and the Journal of Marketing Management.

About the ABS

ABS is a member of The European Quality Link (EQUAL) - the international association of quality assessment and accreditation agencies in the field of European management education at the Brussels - based European Foundation for Management Development (Efmd). It is a registered charity (founded in 1992) with income derived through annual subscriptions, projects and other activities.

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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