Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ashridge?

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Established in 1959, Ashridge is one of the world’s leading business schools. It is consistently ranked as a premier provider of executive education and management development in the rankings published by the financial and management press. Ashridge’s combination of research, experience and practical application is currently making a difference to individuals and organisations in private and public sectors from around the world.

Where is Ashridge?

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Ashridge is situated 50 km (30 miles) north west of London, near to Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. London is within easy reach taking just 30 minutes by train, from Berkhamsted to London Euston and 1 hour by road. There are excellent rail and road links connecting Ashridge to both the north and the south of England. For international travellers, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and City airports are within easy reach. Download a map with directions.

What services does Ashridge provide?

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Ashridge’s services and activities encompass executive education, research, consulting and coaching.

Within executive education, it offers a combination of open programmes for individuals and customised programmes for organisations. Ashridge qualification programmes include the:

Organisations can also enable their staff to manage their own learning through the market-leading Virtual Ashridge.

Research is carried out across the organisation as well through the specialist research functions of the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, the Ashridge Leadership Centre, the Centre for Research in Executive Development, the Ashridge Centre for Action Research and the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre, the latter based in London.

Ashridge is unique as a business school, in that it has its own consulting arm. Ashridge Consulting is a niche organisational development consultancy, specialising in strategy, leadership and change, working with a range of organisations from different sectors and countries.

Coaching is integral to much of Ashridge’s work. The Ashridge Centre for Coaching was established in 2006 to further develop the organisation’s coaching expertise through professional accreditation, research and sharing of best practice.

Ashridge is also an award-winning conference venue, having 15 well-equipped conference rooms suitable for groups of between 10 and 250, over 50 syndicate rooms and 190 en suite bedrooms (including 11 executive suites).

How is Ashridge different?

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What makes Ashridge different is its philosophy. It believes that all development must make a difference, be practical and based on real issues. Ashridge’s faculty are not traditional academics, but have extensive international business experience, which they are able to bring to the everyday challenges faced by individuals and organisations.

What organisations does Ashridge work with?

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Ashridge is acknowledged as one of the top providers of tailored executive education. It works with over a hundred international organisations delivering tailor-made programmes adapted to each organisation’s issues and challenges. Clients include Akzo Nobel, Electrolux, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, England Rugby, Ministry of Defence, Sinopec, Tetra Pac, United Utilities and Volkswagen.

Supporting Organisations for Ashridge Qualification Programmes

The following have been approved as Supporting Organisations assisting with the delivery of specific Ashridge qualification programmes:

Ashridge Masters in Leadership (Quality Improvement)

  • Unipart Expert Practices, UK

Ashridge Masters in Management

  • Melbourne Business School, Australia
  • Oil & Gas Soft Skills Ltd, Nigeria
  • CW Solution Private Limited, India

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Andrew Hyams, Quality Manager on 01442 841397 or

What countries does Ashridge work in?

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Ashridge works with clients around the world including Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, USA, Turkey, Dubai, India, China and Japan. It has offices in seven overseas locations. See the contact details of our international representatives.

What facilities does Ashridge have?

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The Ashridge Library houses an extensive range of printed and electronic sources for participants attending an Ashridge programme, members of the Alumni and Corporate subscribers. Much of the materials are also available online through Virtual Ashridge.

Ashridge prides itself on the high standard of its catering, which has won numerous awards. There is always a wide choice of menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner including a vegetarian option. There is a licensed bar and complimentary coffee, tea, biscuits and fruit available at all times. Comfortably furnished bedrooms are situated in modern buildings, all of which are centrally heated and equipped with an en-suite bathroom.

Ashridge has a Lifestyle Centre which includes a well-equipped gym, swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam room. Along with the excellent facilities, the Centre offers beauty and relaxation treatments as well as fitness classes. Other sporting facilities include tennis, squash and badminton courts.

Best of all, Ashridge is located in the middle of 5000 acres of National Trust forest, with 700 acres of landscaped gardens that make for a peaceful and contemplative visit.

What accreditation and awards has Ashridge attained?

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Ashridge is one the few business schools in the world to be triple accredited by the main executive education bodies - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Ashridge has won numerous awards recognising its world class facilities. For the last six years, it was nominated Best UK Management Training Centre in the Meetings and Incentive Travel Industry Awards. Ashridge’s catering is regularly recognised in international catering competitions and awards.

Photo: Ashridge clock tower