The history of Alliance MBS

Founded in 1965, we are one of the UK’s first business schools and celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2015.

We became the largest business and management school in the UK in 2004 when we merged with The Victoria University of Manchester's School of Accounting and Finance, UMIST's School of Management and the Programme in Research in Science and Technology. 

In 2015, the School celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary which included a host of celebrations. View the specially designed website that includes a look-back on the School’s esteemed history >>

Our timeline

2018

Artist Impression - AMBS at Night

An £85m renovation of the Alliance MBS building opens, as part of The University of Manchester's £1bn campus masterplan. The new building will feature a full interior and exterior refurbishment, providing first class teaching, learning and office spaces.

2017

AMBS Hotel Exterior

As part of the building project, a brand new Executive Education Centre and hotel will be completed in late 2017. The two-story Centre will adjoin the new Alliance MBS building and provide a new home for our corporate leadership and management programmes. A four-star Crowne Plaza® hotel and Staybridge Suites® will complement the new buildings, providing first class accommodation for School and University visitors alike.

2016

The independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) was published by Lord Stern.

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2015

AMBS 50th Anniversary - Staff Photo

MBS 50th anniversary and renamed Alliance Manchester Business School. In September 2015 the School was renamed Alliance Manchester Business School, or Alliance MBS, in recognition of Lord Alliance's generous £15 million donation and his long-standing relationship with the University and the Business School.

The University of Manchester

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2013

AMBS - Fiona Devine

Fiona Devine, OBE, becomes Head of School.

The University of Manchester

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2010

South America centre opens in São Paulo

The University of Manchester

2008

China Centre opened in Shanghai

The University of Manchester

2008

Eddie Davies, OBE, CBE becomes Chair of the MBS Advisory Board

The University of Manchester

2007

Mike Luger becomes Director and Dean of MBS. Professor Michael Luger became Director and Dean of the School in 2007.

The University of Manchester

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2006

MBS opens Middle East Centre in Dubai

The University of Manchester

2004

AMBS Whitworth Building and the New Building

This merger created the 'new' University of Manchester, and the UK's largest business and management school.

The University of Manchester

1996

MBS website launched

The Victoria University of Manchester

1995

Manchester School of Management develops the UK’s first joint degree and professional qualification

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1994

Manchester Federal School of Business and Management established, a precursor to the 2004 merger.

Manchester Federal School of Business & Management

1990

Manchester School of Management develops joint MSc with School of Accounting & Finance

The Victoria University of Manchester

1987

Discussions begin over close links between MBS, UMIST and Manchester School of Accounting & Finance

The Victoria University of Manchester

1985

IBM chooses MBS to develop innovative approaches in management teaching

The Victoria University of Manchester

1980

Sir Cary Cooper became Head of UMIST’s Department of Management Sciences

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1977

Programme in Research in Science and Technology began

The Victoria University of Manchester

1971

MBS moves to its present location, MBS West

The Victoria University of Manchester

1970

Department of Management Sciences becomes UMIST’s largest undergraduate department

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1969

First Full-time MBA cohort graduates from MBS

The Victoria University of Manchester

1968

School of Accounting & Finance established

The Victoria University of Manchester

1967

Manchester Method of learning developed by the School's 'founding fathers'

The Victoria University of Manchester

1965

First cohort begins BSc in Management Sciences

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1965

Grigor Mclelland - AMBS

Manchester Business School opened, led by Grigor McLelland

The Victoria University of Manchester

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1965

DIA renamed Department of Management Sciences (later to become Manchester School of Management).

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1963

AMBS - Lord Franks

Franks report published. In post-war Britain, the political and economic elite increasingly recognised the need to professionally develop managers and research the emerging fields of business and management.

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Professor Teddy Chester - AMBS

1956

Health Services Management Unit established by Professor Teddy Chester

The Victoria University of Manchester

1918

Department of Industrial Administration established

The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

1851

Victoria University of Manchester Vuom Founded

Victoria University of Manchester (VUoM) founded

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1824

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) founded as the Manchester Mechanics Institute

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Sir Roland Smith

Professor Sir Roland Smith became the Joe Hyman Professor of Marketing at UMIST in the 1960s and was Chancellor from 1996-2002. He was also Chairman of House of Fraser (1981-1986), British Aerospace (1987-1991) and Manchester United FC (1991-2002).

MSM staff

Manchester School of Management staff receive news of their excellence in teaching award (top left: John Arnold, Mike Smith, Rod Coombs, Ivan Robertson, Derek Torrington, Dale Littler. Front row: Helen Speke, John Goodman and June Hall).

Sir Cary Cooper

Professor Sir Cary Cooper is a former Head of the Manchester School of Management and former Pro Vice-Chancellor of UMIST. He was a professor of organisational psychology and an expert on workplace

Enid Mumford

Professor Enid Mumford joined MBS in 1966, investigating the impact of computer-based systems on people and organisations. She also directed the MBA for a number of years and was made a Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Joan Higgins

Joan Higgins was professor of health policy at MBS from 1992, and served as director of the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management from 1998-2004.

Teddy Chester

Professor Teddy Chester founded the Health Services Management Unit at The University of Manchester in 1956. He remained as director until his retirement in the mid-1970s.

Reg Revans

Professor Reg Revans became the first professor of industrial management at The University of Manchester in 1955. He pioneered Action Learning – taking action to solve a real problem and learning from the results.

Stafford Beer

Professor Stafford Beer was a world leader in the development of operational research. He is widely acknowledged as the founder of management cybernetics, which he defined as "the science of effective organisation".