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About our research


Our research has real social impact and is produced by experts who are committed to creating innovative and world-class research.


We don’t sit in ivory towers; our academic staff are driven by their passion for meaningful results that make a real difference to our society. Supported by Professor Christopher Land, Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation (pictured), we ensure our research is relevant to everyday life by working closely with small businesses, corporations, public sector and voluntary organisations and government departments. They depend on us to find solutions.

We’re proud of our results; some of our top researchers like Dr Nick Drydakis, listed in the top 6% group of economists, have hit international headlines with research that found ‘people who had sex four or more times a week earned more money’. In the latest 2021 government Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, which measures the performance of the research we produce every five years or so, over 70% of our most recent research was judged as either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Accessible to you

All this research and expertise is made accessible to our students. Our courses and modules are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields, covering all aspects of business issues.

As an undergraduate or postgraduate student in our business school, you can expect to learn how to research, a skill in high demand by employers. We have a summer placement scheme where you can work alongside our academics to produce world-class research. You'll hear more about these opportunities within the academic year.

If you’re interested in taking your research even further, we also have a vibrant doctoral community working closely with our academics to achieve their PhDs.

Find out more about our research