Faculty of Business and Law
In the Faculty of Business and Law, our research and teaching 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'. Find out how we performed in REF 2021.
Our research informs our teaching, which cultivates – through experiential and active learning – an entrepreneurial spirit in our students, and prepares them to address complex business problems with critical knowledge, confidence, integrity and social responsibility. All of our degree courses include year-long work placements and overseas study opportunities. Many courses also include business consultancy projects.
Our alumni have achieved extraordinary success in their professional lives – including John Flint, former CEO of HSBC; Nick Austin, chair and co-founder of the UK's biggest Toy Company, Vivid Toy Group; and Rachel Lowe, the creator of the popular 'Destination' board game.
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Our teaching is recognised for its excellence nationally and internationally by professional accrediting bodies including the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
Our students learn the tools to tackle problems facing business and society, and address them responsibly and sustainably. Through the Business Consultancy Project, students work in teams with a business to improve a real business problem. Many companies have implemented the student recommendations following the project.
We continually improve and enhance our curriculum and student support to ensure our graduates develop self-worth and are fully prepared to become skilful professionals and socially responsible global citizens.
We have some of the best equipment and facilities in the sector for studying business and law subjects. Our Bloomberg suite allows students to access the same data, analytics and software used by finance professionals in the field, our Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) room offers an excellent cooperative learning environment, and our Business Simulation Suite with a mock boardroom for student role play. We also have a mock courtroom where our students practice courtroom skills in a realistic setting, supported by barristers.
Our teaching areas
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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. Find out how we performed in REF 2021.
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
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Accounting plays an integral role in the stability and development of economies and financial markets all over the world – and our research is turning our expertise in the subject into impact.
We're investigating the pressing issues facing organisations and governments – from how to encourage the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses, to how to improve sustainability across industries, and implement new products and services.
Our research explores how governments can regulate natural resource use efficiently, develop effective monetary policies, and legislate to influence people’s economic decisions.
We're exploring how laws and the legal system shape society and how the legal system affects the daily lives of people within it.
We're analysing existing and emerging business models and consumer segments to help businesses better understand their markets and how consumers buy products and services.
We're helping develop new and better transportation and maritime systems, showing how analytics can positively impact people around the world, and finding new ways to create more sustainable and efficient renewable energy.
Our research centres
Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.
We're proud to hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises our achievements in advancing the careers of women and addressing gender inequality.