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World-class research at MMUBS

Published: 19th December 2008

MMU is conducting ‘world leading’ research in Business & Management, according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise – the major review of research at UK universities.

Areas of research received top 4* ratings – the highest possible grading for research in the UK.

The Business School has specialisms in human resource management, marketing and strategy and organizational change, where the volume of published work has increased by half since 2001 to over 2,500 pieces including 787 refereed journal articles.

Research funding has increased from £1.5m to over £2.4m including grants from diverse and prestigious funding bodies including three ESRC grants, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Sainsbury, Hans Bockler Foundation, Oxfam America, Marks and Spencer, European Commission, Anglo-German Foundation, and a recently won 7th Framework bid.


In all 80% of business research at MMU was judged 2* or better - deemed ‘internationally recognised’.

Professor Gillian Wright, Director of the Research Institute for Business & management said: "We are very pleased to have the quality and breadth of our work recognised in the national research assessment exercise. We are now in the top three of post ’92 universities.

"Our new international PhD exchange programme, and a post-doctoral fellowship scheme is in line with that offered by the ESRC along with investment in early career researchers who represent 25% of this submission.

"We have appointed 18 staff from our doctoral programme, ten to lectureships and 8 as post-doctoral researchers. National and international collaborations with industry and renowned university partners are manifested in 39 visiting research fellows and professors."


Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: "Well done to our business researchers. We have made significant progress."

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