Portal Trust partners

Bayes Business School

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Bayes Business School at City, University of London (formerly Cass Business School) is internationally recognised as an elite business school.

In 2020 it was ranked 3rd best in London, 6th in the UK, 25th in Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2020) and 6th best in the UK for business and management research (The Research Excellence Framework 2014). It is also home to the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, a leading non-profit and philanthropy centre in the UK that aims to improve the knowledge and performance of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.


In 2002, we awarded a substantial grant to City University’s Business School, which was then renamed the Cass Business School. It is based at Bunhill Row near Moorgate and was opened by HM The Queen on 7 May 2003. Our support has enabled the Business School to manage and develop an undergraduate programme alongside its renowned postgraduate courses.


In 2015 we and the Business School (The School) embarked on a jointly-funded £1 million collaborative mentoring programme, bringing together both organisations’ commitment to enhancing the education of young people and investing in communities. The programme sees undergraduate students mentor pupils from four local secondary schools, including our own secondary school.

This innovative programme is the first of its kind because the mentoring is a credit-bearing, assessed aspect of the university students’ degrees. The students learn the value of social investment, gaining experience working with varied audiences and learning how to become good managers, while the school pupils receive tailored academic tuition and access role models who help raise aspirations and ultimately improve social mobility.

Overseen by a steering committee of relevant stakeholders including our own Chief Executive, a formal evaluation was produced at the end of the third year, by which time 88 university students had worked intensively with 143 pupils across the four schools.

The Charity sector often talks about collaborative working, a distinct differentiator from competition in the private sector. Our project walks that talk. Underpinning the success of our project has been the relationship with The Portal Trust. Building on the common purpose to have an innovative education pedagogy with investment in young people that would build responsibility and support ambition. Without the Trust acting as a facilitating broker this work would not happen.

Professor Paul Palmer, DL,
Director of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Bayes Business School

As a result of this and other innovative approaches to community investment, the School is now a UN PRME champion (Principles for Responsible Management Education). We were delighted to award a further three year grant towards the programme in 2020.

The School announced its new name on 21 April 2021.