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Research excellence

Research excellence

Research is vital when we engage with organisations and policy-makers. It is at the very heart of everything we do.

Our team of world-leading academic researchers challenge conventional business thinking. Their approaches reflect cutting-edge thinking, grounded in real-world practice.

This, combined with exposure to new knowledge, helps to make sure you are ready for change. You'll also be eager for new challenges and keen to take leadership in your research domains.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Our research is world-leading. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked us 14th for Research Power in the UK out of 101.

The School brings together 122 teaching and research staff for REF2021 and 134 research students. Our academics advance their research across five areas of interdisciplinary research strength:

  • innovation and creative industries
  • rural enterprise
  • health and lifestyle
  • ethics and sustainability
  • digital economy

The REF 2021 is currently being assessed, with results expected in early 2022.