Welcome to the School for Business and Society
We’re the first School of our kind, bringing together two former departments: the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and University of York Management School.
Our pioneering partnership joins together academic disciplines that conventionally operate in different spaces. This unique collaboration empowers (or enables) us to answer humanity's most urgent questions, bringing together expertise on the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to forge new thinking on how these challenges might be addressed. In this way, we aim to be a torchbearer for the University's historic mission to be a University for Public Good.
Reflecting our long-standing strengths in these areas, we are the largest organisational unit in the University. With this scale comes a breadth of expertise and a diverse learning community. We offer degree programmes across a broad range of subjects and in this new partnership we hope to develop further programmes that fuse social scientific insight with real-world focus, leaving graduates with practical and analytical skills that equip you to succeed in your chosen field, and help to answer our society's grand challenges.
Our mission is to lead business and public policy action to tackle complex social and environmental societal problems. We believe this task is urgent, as civilisation needs to start living within its planetary boundaries, reduce growing inequalities, and build an economy based on sustainable inclusive growth.
Karen Rowlingson, Dean of Faculty, said:
“The School for Business and Society comprises a unique fusion of disciplines, working together to tackle the critical social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world today. Through impactful, interdisciplinary teaching and research we will help improve the wellbeing of current and future generations for the public good".
We look forward to welcoming you to our new school.