QED sponsors ESCP

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QED sponsors ESCP Student Award

QED was delighted to sponsor ESCP London’s Social Impact Project of the Year 2020 at the recent Annual Student Gala.  This prize is awarded to those students who, as early-stage social entrepreneurs, have participated in ESCP supported projects that have helped to address or to tackle important societal challenges locally, nationally and/or internationally.




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Thursday Thought #1

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It’s perhaps not surprising in the current environment that so much thought has turned to leadership and what’s needed to support Business Schools and their stakeholders.

In the context of Covid19, we’ve taken the unusual step of deciding to re-issue each of the Thursday Thought series from 2019 (12 in total) in a slightly revised version.  Over the next 12 Thursdays, each post will consist of the original quotation (to do with leadership and self-reflection), followed by a short comment and a question designed to provoke thought.

#Week 1:

Covid 19 is bringing multiple challenges in every aspects of our lives.  Currently most of us are living under social isolation, in an effort to better manage the path of the virus. In times like this, it is easy to lose focus – particularly if (and when) weariness creeps in…

What are you doing every day right now to promote excellence in your life?



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EFMD’s Online Course Certification System (EOCCS)  evaluates the quality of online business/management courses.  Unlike EPAS or AMBA, the focus is on individual courses (or modules) which may or may not be part of a wider programme set. It also considers programmes from undergraduate up to doctoral level, including executive education provision.  The underlying benefits are:
  • to provide an international quality benchmark for online courses (and these may include blended delivery, where some elements of the course are delivered face-to-face);
  • to promote a culture of continuous improvement;
  • to enhance the potential for peer-to-peer networking and learning.

Entry Criteria
The entry criteria are straightforward: the course must have had one successful ‘run’; have had at least 20 participants and must offer at least 20 learning hours.

The EOCCS process involves a thorough review of the relevant courses or modules, and is usually completed online.  It can take as little as 12 weeks from submission of application.  The application is in two parts: the Data Sheet and the Course Self-Assessment Report (covering the four EOCCS standards: see below).

Once the application is accepted by EFMD, it is considered by an Online Review Panel.  The Online Review is scheduled with the School, using online video conferencing software (The meeting takes approx 3 hours).  Certification recommendations are submitted to the EOCCS Certification Board for a final decision. Certification (where successful) lasts for three years.

EOCCS Standards
The EOCCS framework is based on four inter-related standards:

  1. Institutional Context: is the course sustainable?  Does it have qualified and experienced staff? How is it linked to the organisation’s mission?  Is it supported appropriately?
  2. Course Composition: What is the target population? How is learning designed?  How is course content and delivery designed and agreed?  How does technology impact the delivery?
  3. Course Delivery and Operations; What are the processes for recruitment and admission of students? How is the course content conveyed?  What about academic and technical support?
  4. Quality Assurance Processes: This covers all elements of quality assurance – from institutional systems (course planning, faculty appointments etc) through to course review assessment of students; and monitoring of teaching and learning.
How can QED help?
QED is well positioned to support schools interested in EOCCS. We have unparalleled expertise in preparing accreditation documentation and supporting business schools with continuous improvement processes.
Further information on EOCCS is available directly from the EFMD website.  If you’re interested in EOCCS, QED is happy to provide an initial 30 minute consultation at no obligation – to discuss whether your course is likely to be suitable for EOCCS certification and to consider what supports might be required.  Email us directly to set up a time.
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Accreditation Fees & Costs

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Accreditation Costs

There are several facets to the costs of accreditation:
  1. Payments made to the relevant accreditation bodies and comprise a mix of membership fees, accreditation fees and other expenses etc.  These are relatively fixed and easy to estimate (see link below).
  2. Staffing and advisory costs to support accreditation.  These are harder to estimate, and depend on several factors.  Will there be an accreditation team with sufficient time and experience to manage the full accreditation process? Are there additional faculty allowances given to accreditation?  Will the School require some external input, to support the internal resources?
  3. Investment Costs:  These vary hugely from school to school and naturally depend on each School’s strategic priorities.  Of course, strategic investment costs are not always linked to accreditation: Some strategic decisions will be made regardless of accreditation plans.  Others may only be made as a consequence of accreditation.

QED has listed the costs and fees associated with each of the accreditation bodies (#1 above).  These can be viewed here.

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‘Leadership Game’ taster session in Krakow

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QED hosted a ‘taster session’ of the Leadership Game at AACSB’s EMEA Conference in Krakow in October 2019.  Ten representatives from schools in Switzerland, Spain, France, UK and Belgium joined QED for an evening session of the Game which is proving popular in Schools.  The Leadership Game is designed to help organisations improve their leadership intelligence and increase effectiveness.  It is also a great team-bonding exercise.

Comments included:

a wonderful opportunity to connect‘ (Alexandra Frith, Hertfordshire Business School)

Great learning from the Leadership Game‘ (Sarah Vaughan, ICN Business School)

Wonderful insight in how to nurture and develop transparent and honest working relationships in a team‘ (Robert Buttery, FHNW)


QED wins National Leadership Award

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LIFTED 2019 Kitemark

QED was recognised with an award for its commitment to leadership at an annual leadership event held at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. The award, from LIFT Ireland, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership in Ireland, was accepted on behalf of QED by Joanne Powell. Over the last 12 months, QED has introduced LIFT Ireland’s positive leadership training and made a commitment to fostering leadership values across its employees and the wider community.

LIFT Ireland, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was founded in 2017 by siblings Joanne and David Hession along with Sonya Lennon, founder of Dress For Success Dublin. The collective movement aims at teaching people of Ireland, from ages 14 and up, positive leadership skills. LIFT does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. Since its launch in May 2018, almost 1,000 people have become involved, from across Ireland. LIFT adopters have included community groups, businesses, schools, and sports clubs including, most notably, Munster Rugby.

On Wednesday afternoon, LIFT Ireland recognised over twenty organisations from all sectors for their commitment to leadership and LIFT throughout the past year.

Joanne Hession, Co-Founder of LIFT Ireland spoke of the reasoning behind the event.

“LIFT Ireland was created to increase the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland. Our goal is that by 2028 over 10% of the country’s population will be “Living LIFT”. That is to say that around half a million Irish people will have experienced our learning groups and adopted the teachings in their everyday lives. Last May, to celebrate the launch of LIFT Ireland, we held ‘LIFT OFF’. To keep the momentum going, we wanted to hold annual LIFTING events from LIFTING 2019 through to LIFTING 2028 and beyond. That is the reason we are here today. It’s been very inspiring to hear from so many great leaders and those positively affected by LIFT. ”