Research

The Business School is well-known not only for the depth and breadth of its research but also for the calibre of the faculty who conduct it. Not only does it attract significant funding to the School it also supports the educational experience as students are taught by academics at the forefront of their respective fields.

Upcoming seminars

  • Wednesday 9 September 2015 - Organisation Studies seminar - Dr Louise Rutt Research Impact Manager
  • Wednesday 23 September 2015 - Accounting seminar TBC - Jan Bebbington University of St. Andrews
  • Tuesday 6 October 2015 - Finance seminar TBC - Vincente Cunat London School of Economics

We know that business takes place in a world that continually throws up new challenges and new problems. Staff and students at the University of Exeter Business School are engaged in research programmes to take on these challenges, forging strong relationships with organisations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. We are justifiably proud that so much of our research has been considered to be world-leading or of an internationally excellent standard, and we intend to continue to excel in the field of research in the future.

Outstanding research centres

We have several leading research centres within the School, backed by public organisations and private benefactors:

Research departments

We have two outstanding research departments:

Find out about our PhD and research programmes programmes.

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Business School research has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the first assessment of the research quality of UK universities since 2008, the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Submissions to the REF were made in 36 Units of Assessment (UoA) and the quality of research was assessed using a 0-4* rating system

The Business and Management UoA included submissions from Accounting, Finance, Management Studies and Organisation Studies and was the largest in the country with 101 submissions in total. 73% of Business School research was rated at either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and, when taken together, resulted in a national ranking of 27.

The Economics UoA was placed in the top 20 nationally with 72% of research at 4* or 3*, placing it 18 out of 28. It was also 18th for its 4* research alone.

Businesses don’t develop products and simply put them on shelves – so why would we conduct research that doesn’t benefit the real world?
Gareth Shaw, Associate Dean of Research Knowledge Transfer.

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