Missions and values


The core missions of EM Normandie are to:

  • train students and executives who are able to take up the managerial and entrepreneurial challenges of tomorrow, make decisions, and work in a professional environment marked by uncertainty,
  • be involved with its extended regional environment (England – Normandy – Paris Seine area) as well as with local and international development projects,
  • expand the frontier of knowledge thanks to academic research by faculty that relates to business practice in the workplace,
  • offer a progressive education that combines a digital focus, teamwork and the humanities,
  • provide lifelong career orientation and support thanks to an enlarged network of partner organizations and alumni,
  • with due ethical respect for human, regional and cultural differences.


Since its foundation, EM Normandie has continually been able to innovate and to be a pioneer showing boldness, loyalty and fortitude.

Boldness: Openness to others and the world, with an ability to seize opportunities, to conquer, to be a visionary and an innovator, to interact with the world in all its complexity. Daring to be true to oneself.

Loyalty: Integrity, respect for others, a sense of devotion, solidarity, honour, ethics, transparency, social responsibility, empathy, collaborative and team spirit.

Fortitude: Engagement, taking up several challenges at a time, standing by one’s choices, consistency, rigour, hard work.


EM Normandie UK is a business school founded in Oxford in 2014. The school is owned and operated by EM Normandie UK Limited, registered in England and Wales no. 11643234 with its registered address at Jericho Building, Oxpens Road, Oxford OX1 1SA.

It is a wholly owned subsidiary of ‘Ecole de Management de Normandie’, an organisation founded in France in 1871 and registered as a charity under the French Law of 1901 and all profits are therefore being reinvested for the good of the EM Normandie community. As a member of the ‘Conférence des Grandes Ecoles’ in France, it has degree awarding powers granted by the French Ministry for Higher Education.

‘Ecole de Management de Normandie’ and its courses are regularly recognised and currently hold international accreditations by AACSB, EQUIS, EPAS and BSIS. The organisation is listed as one of the top 100 European business schools and as delivering one of the top 100 best masters’ degrees in management world-wide by the Financial Times.

Full managerial responsibility is being exercised by the Directeur Général (Director General), of ‘Ecole de Management de Normandie’, whose prerogatives include implementation of the policy approved by the Board of Trustees, overall supervision of the operations, recruitment and budgetary responsibilities, disciplinary powers, etc.

The Organisation has been under the general direction of Elian Pilvin since 2020 and operates 6 campuses in Caen, Dubai, Dublin, Le Havre, Oxord and Paris.

It has initiated the creation of EM Normandie UK in 2014 with the aim of providing high quality business courses in the UK to students enrolled on its degree programmes and who want to pursue at least part of their degree course in the UK.

It is EM Normandie UK’s ultimate goal to develop and deliver high level international business programmes to students from the UK and abroad.

The growth of EM Normandie UK has led to the development of an autonomous governance structure.

Instruments of governance EM Normandie UK
Elian Pilvin
Director, Chairman of the board

Elian PILVIN is the Director General of EM Normandie (group). He is an EM Normandie alumnus, graduating with a Master in Management (1996), and has completed an Executive DBA at Université Paris-Dauphine. He joined the School in 2013 as a Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations, before becoming Director General in February 2020. From 1995 – 2013, he started and managed several companies in Le Havre and internationally (Morocco and China), specialising in advanced audio-visual solutions engineering, mostly in B2B markets.

Director, Principal

Miriam SCHMIDKONZ is the Principal of Oxford Campus and Director of EM Normandie UK Limited. She is a former professor of Business German, Research Methods and Human Resource Management. She joined EM Normandie, France in 2000 as adjunct professor, project manager and head of programme, moving to EM Normandie UK Ltd in 2017 as Director of Undergraduate Studies and lecturer. She was awarded an executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the Business Science Institute (Luxemburg) in 2017 and has a Master’s degree in Educational Sciences. Before joining the EM Normandie-Group, she worked in private companies in France and Germany.

Solène Heurtebis
Chief Strategy Officer

Solène HEURTEBIS graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from ESC Rennes in 2000. Between 2000 and 2008, she held various marketing positions with major designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Chanel. In 2008, she completed an additional Master’s degree in Marketing and Management of Professional Sport, before being appointed Product Manager for the HAC 1872 brand. She joined EM Normandie Business School in 2010 as Head of Communications and Promotion. Between 2013 and 2018, she was Director of the EM Normandie Business School Alumni Association and then Director of the Spirit Division, a department dedicated to the student experience. She became Director of the Campus in Le Haver in November 2019 and Director of Strategy in September 2020.

The Board of Directors consists of the company’s registered Directors, the Principals of all UK Campuses, any non-executive Directors or internal and external advisors, which the Board decides to appoint.

The Board of Directors conducts its business based on the company’s Articles of Association and the ‘Corporate Governance Guidance and Principles for Unlisted Companies in the UK’ as published by the Institute of Directors and with a regard to the ‘Higher Education Code of Governance’ and the regulatory framework established by the Office for Students for providers of Higher Education in the UK.

The Board of Directors shall be assisted by a Finance Committee in the fulfilment of its duties and will delegate academic matters to an Academic Board. The Board of Directors may from time to time create other Committees or Sub Committees as it sees fit. The membership, responsibilities and other items regarding these bodies will be set out in Terms of Reference which the Board of Directors may, from time to time, review and amend.

2. Academic Board

The Academic Board is the academic authority for the school. It shapes the academic vision and is responsible for setting the academic strategy, monitoring and up-holding standards and quality, the admissions process, the widening of participation and access, the approval of new programmes and the delivery of programmes. Its proposals, decisions and results are overseen by the Board of Directors.

3. Finance committee

The Finance committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities regarding financial matters. It monitors compliance with internal and external financial procedures and policies. It evaluates specific financial strategy initiatives, any measures with financial implications or risks and the human resources strategy including remuneration. It reports its findings to the Board of Directors and implements any decisions taken.

4. The Student Life Committee

The Student Life Committee provides a platform to the student body’s representation and assist the Campus Management Team in identifying areas of improvement regarding any aspect of the academic proposition and delivery, day-to-day operations or any other aspects of Campus Life.

The Student Life Committee delegates one student to represent the student body on relevant issues at meetings of the Academic Board.

Conditions of membership on Boards and Committees

The members of all Boards and Committees are to be ‘fit and proper persons’, that is to say persons of good character and repute, possessing the required skills and competences whose honesty and integrity are not in question and who may reasonably be assumed to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.

5. Oxford Campus Management Team

The Executive Team consists of such a number of staff with the relevant skills set which is appropriate at any one time for the proper running of the school in respect of the principles of good governance established by the Board of Directors and, regarding academic matters, by the Academic Board.

The Management Team is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the implementation of the strategic development set out by the Board of Directors and the Academic Board.

Our commitment

Access and participation statement

EM Normandie UK is fully committed to ensuring the widest possible access to, and successful participation in Higher Education. Our 2021 strategic plan sees training in management as a fundamental means of inserting students in society. It envisions service to students as central to this mission, through outreach recruitment activities, student support, first rate training, and close relationships with firms which ensure excellent employment outcomes. All profits generated by EM Normandie UK are reinvested in this primary educational purpose.

The development of our Oxford Campus forms part of a wider territorial strategy linking our students in a flexible and dynamic network of campuses linking Caen, Dubai, Dublin, Le Havre, Oxford and Paris, in a way that will provide enhanced opportunities in a globalised world.

Equal opportunity initiatives

It is the objective of EM Normandie Oxford to enable all students to explore their potential whatever their situation. In line with Parent Organisation’s commitment since 2008 via the Disability Charter of the French ‘Conférence des Grandes Ecoles’ (CGE) which was renewed in 2019, our school is promoting the inclusion of students with disabilities.

Student protection plan

EM Normandie UK is fully committed to ensuring the success of all of our students, and regularly monitors risks which could negatively affect student outcomes  through its ongoing processes of strategic planning and regular updating of policies and procedures. The school organises awareness training for student in the areas such as substance misuse, sexual harassment or abuse. A Psychotherapist is available for free face-to-face appointments on two days each month and can also be contacted on-line,

The development of our site in Oxford is a strategic priority for EM Normandie to which resources have been allocated. These resources will effectively manage risks in the years ahead.

Please click here to access our Student Protection plan

Value for Money

The Board of Directors shall ensure that there are adequate and effective arrangements in place to provide transparency about value for money for all students and, should the school gain access to the student support system or to grant funding, for taxpayers.

Student representation

One student will be elected by each year group to represent the students’ interest at the Student Life Committee. The Committee can nominate delegates to meetings of the Academic Board.

Policies, Procedures and Statements

EM Normandie UK is an adult learning environment, and accordingly students and staff are expected to treat each other responsibly and attempt to resolve any issues between them by discussion rather than resorting to formal procedures; however, the school recognises that sometimes such informal mechanisms are inappropriate or ineffective.

Academic Appeals

Appeals against assessment outcomes or grades are not eligible if they relate solely to the exercise of academic or professional judgement, when arrived at through due process.

Please click here for our detailed Academic Appeals Procedure


A complaint is a formal expression of dissatisfaction with EMN’s services by a student or user. It is distinct from an academic appeal which and does not deal with academic issues.  It is distinct from the normal processes of student feedback, through the student committee, feedback forms or questionnaires. Frivolous or vexatious, or abusive complaints are not acceptable. 

Please click here for our Complaints Procedure

Freedom of Speech

EM Normandie UK’s Statement on Freedom of Speech takes into account the specific legal responsibilities, as set out in Section 43 of the Education (No 2) Act 1986, the Equality Act 2010 and the Counterterrorism and Security Act 2015.

Please click here for our detailed Statement on Freedom of Speech

Academic Freedom

The Education Reform Act 1988 requires (pre-1992) universities to ensure that

 ‘academic staff have freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges they may have at their institutions’.

Please click here for our detailed Statement Principles on Academic Freedom

Anti Bullying and Harassment

EM Normandie is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of everybody who is associated with EM Normandy UK Limited are respected. Any allegation of harassment, bullying or victimisation will be treated seriously in line with the relevant legislation including, but not limited to, The Equality Act 2010. 

Please click here for our Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy

Substance Misuse Policy

EM Normandie takes any kind of substance misuse extremely seriously as it can have a very detrimental impact on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing and on their ability to achieve their goals. 

Please click here for our Substance Misuse Policy

These and all other policies, procedures and statements are accessible on our website em-normandie.co.uk

Please see all EM Normandie UK’s policies in the policies, regulations and statements.