Ashridge Executive Education

Ashridge Executive Education
Ashridge Executive Education logo.png
Former name
Ashridge Business School
Ashridge Management College
TypeBusiness school for executive education
Parent institution
Hult International Business School
PresidentDr. Stephen Hodges
Administrative staff
400 +
United Kingdom
CampusAshridge Estate
AffiliationsEQUIS AMBA AACSB and
Hult Ashridge Executive Education, housed in Ashridge House, is ranked one of the UK's top 10 business schools.[1]

Ashridge Executive Education (also known as the Ashridge Programme or Ashridge) is the executive education programme of Hult International Business School, housed in Hult's Ashridge Estate campus. Formerly an independent business school, known as Ashridge Business School, Ashridge completed an operational merger with Hult in 2015.[2][3] Its activities include open and tailored executive education programmes, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science and diploma qualifications, as well as organisation consulting and applied research.


The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921, when the house was acquired by a trust established by Bonar Law, a future UK Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a "College of Citizenship", established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the Fabian Society.[4] It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser.[5]

After the Second World War, the "College of Citizenship" was briefly re-established but in 1959 it was re-launched with a new focus on management training, taking the name Ashridge Management College.[6]

In 2015 the then Ashridge Business School operationally merged with Hult International Business School, an international business school with campuses in seven cities around the world. As part of the merger, Ashridge Business School changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education.[3][7]


The Ashridge programme is based at Ashridge House, one of the largest Gothic Revival country houses in the United Kingdom. The school has a number of representatives in Europe and throughout the world, including in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, India, United Arab Emirates, North America and the Benelux countries.[8]

Organization and administration


Ashridge Business School is constituted as a registered charity, formally named the Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust, and is one of the 150 largest UK charitable organisations ranked by annual expenditure.[9] The trust has the following goals: (a) honouring the memory of a great statesman, (b) the preservation of the house and grounds as an historic building, (c) to create an educational centre (d) to train lecturers, speakers and writers to further the study of the subjects outlined above (e) provide lectures and/or discussions on these subjects open to the public or for those who had paid fees to attend, (f) provide a supporting staff, (g) to allow boarding by those attending the lectures and discussions.[10]


Ashridge employs approximately 95 full-time academic staff and has a further 100 associate faculty members. Faculty members are not traditional academics – the majority combine significant academic qualifications with extensive international business experience, enabling them to become fully involved with the issues and challenges faced by clients and individual participants. Academic staff regularly serve on the councils of international educational and advisory bodies, including the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and Association of MBAs (AMBA). They also share their expertise as visiting professors at many international business schools and universities.[11]


In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world.[12] Ashridge is the only UK specialist business school with degree-awarding powers, giving it the equivalent status to a university in awarding its degrees. Ashridge's Academic Accreditation service provides a route for other educational institutions to work with Ashridge in offering degree-level qualifications in business and management.[13]

Research centres

Ashridge has six research centres, each carrying out specific research and providing consultancy services and specialised programmes including Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Ashridge Centre for Coaching, Ashridge Leadership Centre, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, Centre for Research in Executive Development, Ashridge Centre for Action Research.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Student life: top ten UK business schools". The Daily Telegraph. 9 May 2014. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  2. ^ Bradshaw, Della (4 July 2014). "Ashridge and Hult International announce plans to merge". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Gordon, Adam. "Ashridge Hult Offers Mindset Shift For Those 'Fed Up With Business School'". Forbes. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ Berthezène, Clarisse (2005). "A glimpse at the archives of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History. 19: 79–93. doi:10.1080/1361946042000303873. S2CID 144485487.
  5. ^ "Correspondence of (Sir) Arthur Bryant, and related papers, 1919-84". King's College, London. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Ashridge College". Rural Heritage Trust. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Governance". Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  8. ^ "International Representatives and Offices for Ashridge Business School". Ashridge. Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Top 500 Charities – Expenditure". Charities Direct. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  10. ^ Berthezène, Clarisse (Spring 2005). "Ashridge College, 1929–54: a glimpse at the archive of a Conservative intellectual project". Contemporary British History. 19: 80–95. doi:10.1080/1361946042000303873. S2CID 144485487.
  11. ^ "Business Research and Faculty". Ashridge. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  12. ^ Bigger and better: the 2014 ranking
  13. ^ "Academic Accreditation". Ashridge. Archived from the original on 5 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Ashridge Research". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

Further reading

  • Sanecki, K.A., Ashridge – A Living History, Phillimore & Co, 1996, ISBN 1-86077-020-7

External links

Coordinates: 51°47′57″N 0°33′35″W / 51.79917°N 0.55972°W / 51.79917; -0.55972