19 September 2018
RECORDS MANAGEMENT SECTION
The University of Edinburgh
File ref: T3/30/44
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Ms Katie Kidd
Direct Dial 0131 651 4099
Sent by email: request-512551-
Switchboard 0131 650 1000
Dear Ms Kidd
Freedom of information request
Thank you for your email of 22 August 2018 requesting information about the University’s
The University of Edinburgh is a global university, rooted in Scotland. We are globally
recognised for our research, development and innovation and we have provided world-
class teaching to our students for more than 425 years. We are the largest university in
Scotland and in 2016/17 our annual revenue was £929 million, of which £265 million was
research income. We have over 39,000 students and over 9,700 full-time equivalent
staff. We are a founding member of the UK’s Russell Group of leading research
universities and a member of the League of European Research Universities.
The University of Edinburgh Business School enjoys a long tradition of teaching and
research. The School offers undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive education
programmes in business and management and provides a platform for research,
discussion and debate on a wide range of business issues. The Edinburgh MBA offers
an integrated professional development and a personal coaching programme combined
into a boutique experience, with cohorts big enough for a diverse student body and
personal enough for 1:1 attention.
You requested the total annual MBA budget, broken down by programme if possible, and
how much of this is spent on teaching, overseas trips and scholarships. We offer three
MBA variants: 12 months full-time MBA; 12 months full-time MBA with International
Exchange, where students take the same core courses as the standard MBA and also
spend 2-3 months abroad on exchange with one of our partners; and 27 months
Executive MBA (part-time), specifically designed for working executives. Further
information is available on the university’s website at www.business-
The total MBA budget for academic year 2017/18 was £352,750. The budget is not
broken down by programme. Core teaching for the full-time MBA programme is not
UNIVERSITY SECRETARY Ms Sarah Smith
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336
included within this budget. Teaching is costed in the School-wide salary budget and
there is no separate MBA allocation. In 2017/18, £25,000 of the MBA budget was spent
on offload EMBA teaching and £89,000 was spent on bought-in teaching for the full-time
MBA. This is significantly higher than usual due to payment of an Interim MBA
Programmes Director during this academic year. For the current academic year
(2018/19) budget allocated against bought-in teaching represents £51,000 out of a total
budget of £389,000. Spending on overseas trips in 2017/18 was £99,000. This covers
two trips to Colombia and China/Hong Kong. Both trips are part of the credit bearing
elective course - International Business in Context. It also included £22,000 for a
business engagement trip to Iceland.
Scholarships are not included within the MBA budget; they are covered by the overall
School budget. In 2017/18, £182,000 was spent on MBA scholarships.
You also asked for the number of non-academic staff supporting MBA programmes, their
job titles, contract type, and whether the roles are full-time or part-time.
Seven individuals support these programmes. Four roles are full-time: MBA Relationship
Manager, MBA Employer Relations Manager, MBA Administrator, and MBA Programmes
Co-ordinator. Three are part-time: MBA Executive Development Manager (0.92 Full-
Time Equivalent), MBA Student Experience Officer (0.6 FTE), and Executive
Development Assistant (0.5 FTE - MBA support is 50% of this individual’s role). All
contracts are open-ended.
Next you asked for the number of academic staff that teach on the programme, broken
down by the number of females and males, the number who have PhDs, and the number
who have practical non-academic experience in business. There are 24 internal
academic staff members, 7 female and 17 male. Twenty-one of these individuals have
PhDs. The University does not record whether these staff members have practical non-
academic experience in business. The programme also uses adjunct teaching staff who
may have significant experience at a senior level in business, which is an important input
for MBA programmes.
Finally, you requested student statistics: the number of students on each course in the
last two academic years, the number of different nationalities within the student body
over the last two years, and the female to male ratio.
Table 1, below gives the number of students by programme. I have combined figures for
the full-time MBA and the full-time MBA with International Exchange as fewer than five
students took the International Exchange option each year, and disclosing these low
numbers could enable individuals to be identified. This would be contrary to data
protection principles and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 does not
require us to provide this sort of information as it is exempt under section 38(1)(b).
Table 1: MBA students by programme, 2016/17 and 2017/18
MBA / MBA with International Exchange
Forty-four nationalities were represented in 2016/17 and 2017/18 combined. The female
to male ratio was 0.77 in 2016/17 and 0.98 in 2017/18. Please note that as the Executive
MBA runs for 27 months, these students are reported in three academic years. Looking
at only new entrants to the programmes there were 43 MBA students and 32 EMBA
students in 2016/17, and 45 MBA students and 27 EMBA students in 2017/18.
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