Faculty of Business & Law

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

In the Faculty of Business and Law, our research covers most areas of law, business and management.

Our culture is informed by the University's strategic mission to 'delight in creating, sharing and applying knowledge to make a difference to individuals and society.’

Through our research, we deliver positive impact to society and industry, and find solutions to pressing issues around the world. Recent projects by our internationally-renowned staff have helped shape policies and practices to end the illegal ivory trade, manage the risks of nuclear energy, and support Indian women at risk from breast cancer.

We frequently collaborate with businesses, SMEs and public sector organisations around the world to deliver our research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we ranked as the strongest performing post-1992 university in the UK in terms of business and management studies research – with 87.5% of our research environment rated as 'internationally excellent'.

Our work was recognised by REF 2014 as making 'an extremely significant impact in economic, social and policy-making terms beyond academia'. 100% of our research impact ranked as either outstanding or very considerable. This placed us in the top 4 universities for impact among the 39 largest Business and Management submissions (35+ staff) in the UK.

Our research has international reach and consistently attracts funding from National Research Councils, the EU, major charities and international organisations. Much of our work is aimed at addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Our research areas include:

Our research student community is formed by more than 200 PhD and Professional Doctorate students with a breadth of topics across our Faculty research areas, including projects in the area of Digital Piracy, Plastic Waste Management, Fair Trade Activism, BlockChain Innovation, the implication of the Covid-19 crisis.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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