Leicester Castle Business School accreditations, memberships and networks

Memberships and networks

LCBS is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and on course to achieve accreditation in the near future. Established in 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide. Achieving AACSB accreditation will place LCBS within the top 5% of the 16,000+ business schools worldwide.

LCBS is a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global community of more than 800 business schools around the world. PRME works with businesses and business schools to ensure that future leaders try to incorporate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into their companies. The SDGs are a set of goals created by the United Nations which address the global challenges faced, from poverty to inequality and climate change. This move further demonstrates the School's public commitment to provide education that supports and develops leaders who are passionate about putting social responsibility and sustainability at the forefront of business.

LCBS is also a full member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a globally recognised accreditation body for business schools, business school programmes, and corporate universities. Our EFMD membership reflects the School's active involvement in management development and socially responsible leadership.

LCBS is a longstanding member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), seen as the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. The CABS supports Business Schools in maintaining world-class standards of teaching and research, and helps to shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

LCBS is proud to be one of only 36 Business Schools across the UK to have been awarded the Small Business Charter in recognition of the School’s ongoing work to support small businesses, local economies and student entrepreneurship.


Professional body accreditations

Alongside our numerous memberships and networks LCBS also holds accreditations from a range of professional bodies, demonstrating the quality of our teaching, research and engagement with business.

Accounting and finance programmes

Several LCBS programmes are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and benefit from professional exam exemptions*.

LCBS Accounting and Finance programmes benefit from a range of accreditations and professional partnerships including:

*The number of exemptions awarded will be dependent on the programme and modules selected.

Human resource management programmes

LCBS is a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) approved centre, with our undergraduate and postgraduate HRM courses benefitting from CIPD accreditation. The CIPD is a professional body for experts in people at work, with hubs in the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Asia. The CIPD has 150,000 members around the world and is the only body that can award Chartered status to individual HR and L&D professionals.

Marketing programmes

LCBS is a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Accredited Study Centre. The CIM are the world’s leading professional marketing body with over 30,000 members worldwide, including more than 3,000 Chartered Marketers. LCBS holds Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Dual Award Status, providing our students with exemptions from half of the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing (subject to module selection).

LCBS is also an Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) Key Educational Partner, enabling our students to study the IDM Certificate in Direct and Digital Marketing alongside their marketing degree.