Alliance Manchester Business School

Using the Financial Times, Alliance Manchester Business School helps students prepare for the corporate world


The challenge

Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) is a prestigious global institution – one of the 1% of business schools with the ‘triple crown’ of accreditation by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

MBS embraces an ‘Original Thinking Applied’ approach of turning theory into practice. To achieve this, it has to find ways to connect classroom lessons to real-world examples, bringing learning to life and encouraging independent thinking.

The solution

As part of the AMBS’ Financial Times Education Licence, two senior members of faculty had the FT Headline API widget installed in their Blackboard virtual learning environment. This allows users to choose the FT’s most relevant content and integrate it with their own applications and workflows.

Dr Matthew Allen (Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies and DBA Director) and Jiajia Liu (Lecturer in Asian Business and Organisation Studies) use this FT API widget because it offers students:

  • Quick access to the most relevant FT content for them, in-class and off-site
  • Extensive knowledge and perceptive analysis
  • A broader understanding of industries, companies and sectors
  • A realistic overview of business implications from an accurate source
  • An interactive learning environment that’s more appealing, relevant and up-to-date

The benefits

The senior lecturers find that FT content served this way supports AMBS’s ‘Original Thinking Applied’ approach by encouraging independent research, enhancing course understanding and making students more ‘corporate-ready’.

  • Gives students access to specialist information tailored specifically to their discipline (such as biotechnology or manufacturing in China)
  • Sets news and information in a global context, for ‘big picture’ understanding
  • Enables students to apply theory to the real world, strengthening their arguments and their business acumen
  • Meets the ‘instant accessibility’ expectations of today’s students
  • Provides lecturers with original and illuminating teaching material