AMBA & BGA Business School Professionals Conference 2023

Driving innovation in EdTech and programme design

AMBA & BGA has chosen the historic city of Edinburgh for the return of our Business School Professionals Conference, which will take place from Monday 3 to Tuesday 4 July 2023.

Over two days, business school professionals will come together to take advantage of extensive professional development and networking opportunities. We are currently working hard to put together a detailed programme that will feature a varied range of speakers who will share their expert knowledge on the latest international trends affecting the education sector and facilitate discussion regarding these topics.

Who is the conference for?

The conference is primarily aimed at programme management and design professionals and business education technology aficionados.

The conference is designed for anyone who has responsibility for programme management and design at a business school, as well as anyone who has responsibility for or an interest in the technology behind it. It will also be of interest to anyone looking for updates on the latest technological advances in the sector.

A sample of relevant job titles includes (but is not limited to):

  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Head of IT
  • Head of Innovation
  • Operations & IT specialist
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Programme Director
  • Programme Manager
  • Digital Programme Manager
  • Library Manager
  • Head of Technology
  • Technology Manager
  • Head of Programme
  • Head of Digital Innovation
  • Digital Project Manager

Conference format and programme

This year’s conference will be uniquely split into two streams – Technology and Programme Design.

There will be a series of keynote speaker sessions as well as a number of interactive workshops and forums for discussion which will be tailored to specific roles within business schools.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to network and discuss ideas with colleagues and peers. 

The AMBA & BGA team are delighted to share the conference programme ahead of the event. Please note that the schedule is subject to change before Monday 3 July.

Conference topics

We are still confirming the final details of the programme for this insightful and unique event, but themes will be focused on the following key areas, with more still to be confirmed:

  • The future of technology for business schools 
  • The metaverse and how it can enhance your offering 
  • Embedding sustainability in your programme design 
  • Employability and entrepreneurialism 
  • Creating a USP for your programme 

Why should you attend?

  • Network with fellow business school professionals 
  • Learn about the most pressing issues facing business schools today 
  • Hear expertise and insights from a range of speakers from across the sector and beyond 
  • Benefit from our engaging and interactive conference format 
  • Connect with relevant solution providers for your business school 
  • Tailor your own conference experience with our innovative conference platform 
  • Attend a stylish dinner with colleagues and peers from across the globe  

Meet the speakers

Our conference will feature a varied range of speakers who will share their expert knowledge on the latest international trends affecting the education sector and facilitate discussion regarding our topics.

Learn more about our speakers ahead of the conference by visiting our meet the speakers page.

Conference hosts

The University of Edinburgh Business School is one of the leading business schools in Europe, within one of the world’s best universities. Our key focus is on delivering excellent teaching and research as well as developing natural connections to business, government and the third sector. What really sets us apart is a willingness to look beyond accepted business thinking, to create debate and spark new ideas across the board.

The School holds triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, three of the most highly regarded business accreditation bodies globally. At the heart of our dynamic School is a faculty of specialist academics from more than 40 countries, professional services staff, a vibrant student population of over 2,000 from more than 70 countries and a suite of valued undergraduate (MA Hons), postgraduate (MSc, MBA, EMBA and PhD) and executive education programmes. We benefit significantly from and value the diversity of this community which brings contrasting contexts, experiences and perspectives to inform all that we do. | @uoebusiness

About Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is one of the most unique and memorable cities in Europe.  Studded with volcanic hills, it sits on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth.  The city’s superb architecture ranges from the Greek-style monuments found on Calton Hill, to extraordinary 16th century tenements in the Old Town.  The New Town is a Georgian masterpiece and you will find incredible Victorian works throughout.  Edinburgh Castle dominates all of this towering high on top of the volcanic plug that is Castle Rock.  In Edinburgh there are sixteen thousand buildings that are listed as architecturally or historically important. 

Networking opportunities

There will be plenty of opportunities to network with your peers during this conference. Our interactive conference format features a series of workshops/breakout sessions where we will encourage involvement and collaboration, giving you the chance to hear from your fellow business school professionals both during the conference and at the regular networking breaks.

Additionally, we will be hosting a networking dinner event on the evening of Monday 3 July, where you will be able to exchange updates and ideas all whilst enjoying the excellent hospitality offered by our hosts. Learn more about our unique venue below.

Networking Dinner Monday 3 July – The Caves

The Caves is a truly unique, award-winning venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or more Scottish, if you consider there was once so much Whisky stored here that it became known as “Whisky Row”. Every room has a story to tell and a special place in Scottish history -from vaults that served as the stables to the French Cavalry who were at one time body guards to the Royal Family, to remains of the houses that pre-date the Bridge itself – with the original terracotta floor tiles still intact.

Booking your accommodation

AMBA & BGA has negotiated preferential room rates for several recommended hotels for delegates to choose from for the duration of the event. 

These include:

  • Novotel Edinburgh Centre
    Hotel is approx. 10-minute walk from business school
  • Best Western Premier Collection Ten Hill Place Hotel
    Hotel is 7-minute walk from business school
  • Hotel Indigo, 51-59 York Place
    Hotel is 20 minutes’ walk from business school

There is limited room availability per hotel, so to avoid disappointment, we would recommend booking as soon as possible. For more information and to book your stay, contact Anita Galea.

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Want to get in touch?

If you have any questions or need assistance with booking, please contact our Head of Events: Carolyn Armsby, by clicking below. 

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