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February 2015

Celebrating 50 years of Manchester Business School

(29 January 2015)

Manchester Business School (MBS)has launched a new campaign to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Established in 1965, following the publication of the Franks Report, the School is the joint oldest business school in the UK.  

Marking the start of the celebrations, Professor Fiona Devine, Head of School at MBS, said: "When we opened our doors in 1965 we were renowned for innovation in business education. Much has changed in the world since then. Our core aim of generating the highest quality research to inspire the business leaders of the future remains the same.

"The University of Manchester and Manchester Business School share a rich and proud heritage dating back to 1824. Our 50th anniversary is a particularly exciting time as we build on this history and continue to generate world-class research, deliver an outstanding learning and student experience and ensure social responsibility runs throughout all of our activity."

The anniversary celebrations were formally launched by Professor Sir George Bain on 29 January when he delivered the first of a new annual series of lectures commemorating the work of MBS’ founding director, Professor Grigor McClelland. 

Professor Sir George Bain spoke about The Future of the National Minimum Wage, alongside discussant Professor Jill Rubery who brought her extensive experience in the field of low pay and minimum wage policy to bear on the topic. This new series of lectures will explore the interaction between business, education and social responsibility; an area of interest that Grigor pioneered throughout his career.

This is the first in a series of international events being held to celebrate the anniversary. Amongst them will be an event for colleagues past and present in July and the School’s external stakeholders in September. The MBS events calendar will be updated monthly as more activities are finalised throughout the year. Visit the 50th anniversary microsite for more information.

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MBS has also launched a new booklet which details the history of MBS and also looks to the future.  If you would like a copy please email