Everyone here is, not very surprisingly, talking about the proposed merger of Henley Management College with Reading Business School.
The funny thing is - concern over the nuts and bolts of how it will all happen notwithstanding - there is a generally optimistic consensus which accepts not only the advisability of such a move but also the synergy and opportunity.
Reading has no corporate clientele (beyond those sponsoring some research) and no MBA. I suspect the lack of MBA is more to do with how recently their Business School was formed as a unit rather than anything else. Whatever the reason, it does mean that we should be able to carry on doing what we do in the special way we do it. But we'll be doing this on a fresh investment in infrastructure, on economies of scale in support and business development, and on depth of resources in faculty and expertise. This should help us in the rankings, so as long as the Henley brand is retained, this is very good news for all current members and alumni.
So I'm very excited by what this will mean. I wouldn't want to lose a single drop of what makes Henley unique, and I suspect that colleagues at Reading will be feeling the same (their Real Estate and Economics departments, for example, are world renowned), but the very simple truth is that it's a win-win.