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Read about the new name behind Bayes Business School and other initiatives being done to support change.

Published Monday, 6th September, 2021 in University news

From Monday 6th September, the Business School (formerly Cass Business School) will be known as Bayes Business School.

Why the name has changed

In June 2020, there was increasing awareness of the links between Sir John Cass and the slave trade, which made the Business School and its stakeholders reflect on whether such a link was consistent with its values. The decision was taken to remove the Cass name from the School last year, and a comprehensive consultation process was undertaken to find a new name which was reflective of these values.

How the new name was chosen

Following crowdsourcing and a shortlist survey taken by more than 8,000 members of City’s community, including students, staff, Business School alumni and partners, Bayes Business School was selected as the overwhelming preferred choice for the new name.

Bayes’ Theorem suggests that we get closer to the truth by constantly updating our beliefs in proportion to the weight of new evidence. Bayes Business School aims to nurture a diverse community of people who bring new perspectives and champion those who are willing to learn from others, while having the courage to do things differently.

Additional initiatives to support changes

The new name represents just one of the actions being taken towards ensuring our community is a truly diverse and inclusive place to study and work, while exploring new opportunities so we continue to thrive.

Some of the new initiatives which are coming up are:

  • A workshop on inclusive teamwork that all new Business School students will be undertaking as part of their induction.
  • A new scholarship programme at Bayes Business School for Black UK-domiciled undergraduate students (details will be announced shortly).
  • A complete curriculum review to embed ethical and socially responsible values throughout.

You can find further information and actions being taken in the Business School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work.

Read the full story about the name change.

Watch the new Bayes Business School brand video.