PRME Regional Chapter UK and Ireland, 6th Annual Conference

University of Leeds
Who can attend:
Anyone with an interest in Responsible Management Education and localising SDGs; UN PRME members; representatives of business and third sector organisations, international academics, PhD candidates, students and HEI sustainability / estates colleagues
Exterior of the University of Leeds Parkinson Building

The call for presentation and workshop submissions has now closed.


A provisional programme will be posted shortly. Please check back for more information. 

The 6th Annual Conference of the UK and Ireland PRME Regional Chapter will be hosted by Leeds University Business School. This year’s conference theme directly engages with PRME's vision “to realise the Sustainable Development Goals through responsible management education”, and echoes the UN Global Compact’s call for “Making Global Goals Local Business”. 

We challenge delegates to consider how we can all contribute to realising the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through our education, research, campus and community activities – making global goals local.

Higher Education Institutions are uniquely placed to address the SDGs, with an opportunity not only to develop the knowledge and research necessary to tackle the problems (e.g., SDG 1: no poverty), but also to inspire and educate our students to tackle these issues in their future careers (SDG 4: quality education), and; to play an active role within our communities to reduce the environmental impact of our campuses or services (e.g., SDG 12: responsible consumption and production) and to partner with the community to work towards the goals locally (e.g., SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities).

The conference aims to showcase teaching innovations and educational approaches used to engage students in the SDGs and to promote responsible management education more broadly. Research informs teaching, business practice and policy. We also welcome submissions sharing current research and outcomes relating to SDGs.

We encourage submissions that broaden understanding of how universities may engage staff, students and the community in these issues. For example: partnerships with community groups and social enterprises; discussion of practical steps to reduce universities’ environmental impact; the use of campus spaces or volunteering activities to aid student engagement; reflections on mapping programmes or institutional actions against SDGs.  Students and Early Career Researchers are key to building the knowledge and capacity to tackle the SDGs. We invite student groups to share their experience of running events and activities to engage students in tackling a specific SDG or raising knowledge and awareness of the issues. The conference is an ideal opportunity to gain experience presenting research to an academic audience, receive feedback on ideas and to network in a supportive environment. A number of subsidised places for students are available.

Keynote speakers will include leading figures from industry and civil society, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities localising the SDGs pose. Panels and workshops will feature social enterprises, businesses and sustainability specialists. Pre-conference informal cultural excursions, networking sessions and conference dinner will provide opportunities to connect and share ideas. Please check the conference webpages for the latest programme news and information.

Conference Registration:

The standard Conference Registration Fee is £200 per person or £100 per person for delegates of PRME UK & Ireland member institutions who have paid their 2019 membership.

A reduced Registration Fee of £75 per person is available for students (taught & PGR) or for colleagues from low and middle income countries. Proof of student status will be requested prior to the conference.

The Registration Fee includes access to all conference sessions on the 8th, 9th and 10th July, lunch and refreshments on each day, in addition to the conference dinner on Tuesday 9th July.

The conference will begin at 12 noon on the 8th July with lunch and registration, followed by the opening sessions and main programme. The conference will finish no later than 5pm on the 10th July. An outline of the conference programme and session times will be provided in the coming weeks, with final presentation and speaker details confirmed after the 1st May submission deadline. Please check for programme updates.

Please click here for more information on Highlight Sessions and Keynote Speakers 

For general questions about registration and to check on eligibility for PRME member status and reduced registration fees, please contact the conference host on:

Event format

Monday 8 July
10:30 Optional nature walk on campus University of Leeds Sustainability Service
11:30 Lunch and Registration
12:30 Welcome and overview of the day’s programme and themes Professor Julia Bennell, Dr Matthew Davis and Dr Alec Wersun
12:45 Keynote: Heineken in Africa Speaker: Olivier van Beemenl. Discussion host: Professor Frank McDonald
13:45 Panel 1: Business Ethics in Supply Chains Caroline Allen (KPMG), Chris McCann (Resilient World), Professor Chris Megone (Interdisciplinary Ethics Applied, Leeds). Discussion Host: Professor Hinrich Voss
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Workshop 1: PRME 2070? John Wilson et al
15:45 Paper Session 1
16:45 Paper Session 2
17:45 Workshop 2: SDGs in Universities University of Leeds Sustainability Service and other National Representatives
18:30 Improvisation – informal mixer and technique taster session Ryan Offut
19:00 onwards Informal dinner Terrace Bar
Tuesday 9 July
8:50 Welcome and overview of the day’s programme and themes Professor Peter Moizer and Dr Matthew Davis
9:00 Panel 2: Diversity and Equality Professor Binna Kandola (PearnKandola), Jane Kidd (Kelloggs), Kevin Rhone (Novus)
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Panel 3: Circularity Davide Stronati (Mott MacDonald), Bruce Learner (Kelloggs) and Katie Thomas (York, North Yorks and East Riding LEP). Chair: Dr Mark Sumner
11:15 Keynote: The myth of the ethical consumer Professor Timothy Devinney
12:15 Networking buffet lunch
13:00 Workshop 3: Using Model United Nations and freehand drawings to understand the impact of SDGs on managing businesses in a global business environment Karla Prime and Dr Emmanueal Arakpogun
13.45 Paper Session 2
14:45 Coffee break
15:00 Uk and @Ireland Chapter AGM
16:45 Paper Session 3
17:45 Paper Session 4
18:45 Drinks reception followed by dinner including a Global PRME Update by Professor Mette Morsing University House
Wednesday 10 July
8:50 Welcome and overview of the day’s programme and themes Professor Nicholas Scott and Dr Matthew Davis
9:00 Workshop 4: How can businesses and academia address the problem of plastic waste? Dr Helen Goworek, Dr Christine Gillian, et al
9:45 Paper Session 5
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Workshop 5: Global Opportunities for PRME Engagement PRME Working Group Leaders
12:00 Paper Session 6
13:00 Buffet lunch
13:45 Paper Session 7
14:45 Workshop 6: University Communities and Climate Change Strategies Dr Jonathan Busch, Dr Jen Dyer and Dr Chris Lyons
15:30 Closing speaker
16:15 Closing Remarks from PRME UK and Ireland Chapter Dr Alec Wersun
Visiting Leeds and accommodation booking

City of Leeds and beautiful surroundings

The University of Leeds campus is on the edge of Leeds city centre. Leeds is conveniently located in the middle of Great Britain with excellent road, rail and air connections.

Leeds has a compact and vibrant city centre, attracting visitors for its world class live music, sport, culture, heritage, shopping, food and drink. Lonely Planet named Leeds as one of Europe’s top 10 destinations for international travellers for 2017.

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The University of Leeds has delegate accommodation which is available to conference guests for a special B&B rate of £49 per room per night. If you book a stay at Storm Jameson Court you will also receive free use of the pool and gym facilities at The Edge, the University of Leeds’ state-of-the-art Pool, Gym & Fitness Suite. Please use Event Code: KX124152 to book the B&B rate using the following link:

Leeds also has a range of hotel accommodation in the city centre within easy travel distance of the University. 


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