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Working with Academic Partners, Accreditation and Professional bodies

Academic Partnerships

BISA strives to work with the best academic partners in both teaching and research activities. The following are a couple of examples of how BISA aims to collaborate globally with academic partners in teaching and research activities:

  • Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), China - BISA collaborates with BIT on the BA Accounting programme. In addition to hosting this degree programme, local supervisors work with students - in the local language - to clarify taught content.
  • The Informatics Research Centre (IRC), a research centre within BISA, is a key partner in the planning and running of the International Conference on Informatics and Semiotics in Organisations (ICISO); which since 1995 has been a leading conference in the area of semiotic research.


Henley is one of only 53 business schools globally to hold triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US awarding bodies.

In addition we constantly seek out professional feedback and accreditation for programme and course content. The following examples show our passion for facing industry practice and needs:

Planet Informatics

Planet Informatics is a student led innovation, in collaboration with, and supported by, the British Computer Society, which focuses on Henley Business School Informatics students, practising professionals (Alumni), researchers and lecturers. This is the first virtual community of its type and offer cutting edge mentoring support for current students and student alumni.

Satisfying ACA, CIMA and ICAEW requirements

All UG programmes are accredited by ACA, CIMA and ICAEW. Our BA Accounting and Business degree, for example, is a four-year programme that has been developed to give students the benefit of going to university, getting paid work experience and fast-tracking their careers. The programme, developed in partnership with PwC (the UK’s leading professional services organisation) and the ICAEW, is currently the fastest degree route to becoming a Chartered Accountant in the UK. Aside from gaining extensive business knowledge and practical experience, students leave university with:

  • A Henley Business School degree in Accounting and Business
  • A full-time job offer from PwC (if graduating with a 2.1)
  • Significant progress on Associated Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification
  • Exemption from 12 of the 15 ICAEW professional examinations.

Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

All taught Informatics-based masters require students to understand ‘Business Domain and Requirements Analysis’. After redesigning the module content, anyone now passing this module at an acceptable level is automatically eligible for a British Computer Society (BCS) Professional Certificate in Business Analysis Practice.

Active staff involvement in professional bodies include:

British Computer Society – champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession via: fostering links between experts; continued professional development; establishment of good working practices, codes of conduct, skills frameworks and common standards.

International System Dynamics Society - is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging the development and use of System Dynamics and systems thinking around the world; introducing newcomers to the field, keeping abreast of current developments, and buildings on each other’s work.

INFORMS - serves the scientific and professional needs of Analytics Professionals and Operations Researchers including educators, scientists, students, managers, analysts, and consultants.

Operational Research Society - international learned society in the field of operational research (O.R.)