The Ashridge Business School

The Ashridge Business School


The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921 when the house was acquired by a trust established by Andrew Bonar Law, a former Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a “College of Citizenship” established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the Fabian Society. It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser. After the War the “College of Citizenship” was briefly re-launched but in 1959 it was re-launched again as a College to provide management training. In 2015, Ashridge Business School operationally merged with Hult International Business School, an American business school with campuses in seven cities around the world. As part of the merger, Ashridge Business School changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education.

Academic performance

In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world. Ashridge is the only UK specialist business school with degree awarding powers, giving it the equivalent status to a university in awarding its degrees. Ashridge’s Academic Accreditation service provides a route for other educational institutions to work with Ashridge in offering degree-level qualifications in business and management.



As a visitor to Ashridge you will enjoy the highest standards of service and our world-class facilities. We have 15 superbly equipped conference rooms and over 50 syndicate / breakout rooms for our leadership development activities. We also have an on-site library to support your learning and research needs.

Ashridge has 179 bedrooms located in modern buildings, with a further 11 luxury suites available. All rooms are comfortably furnished and equipped with full en suite bathroom facilities.

Dining at Ashridge is always a special experience, thanks to the quality, range and exquisite presentation of the food from our creative team of chefs. They prepare a delicious choice of menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.