Lord Ashcroft International Business School Research

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Prof Simon Down

Prof Simon Down, Deputy Dean for Research and Enterprise

Research is the beating heart of what we do at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School.

Without world leading research the claims we make about the student experience would ring hollow. All our courses and modules are taught by leading researchers who really know their stuff. The recent 2014 government Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, which every five years or so measures the performance of the research we produce, confirms this. Over 50% of the research we published in recent years was judged as either world leading or internationally excellent.

And we don’t sit in ivory towers. Our research is very much applied and relevant. The REF assessment exercise also scored us highly for the economic, social and practical impact that our research has, scoring 80% at world leading or internationally excellent. We are proud of these scores, but we already knew that our research work was relevant to everyday life because we work closely with small businesses, corporations, public sector and voluntary organisations, and government departments. They depend on us to find solutions.

Throughout our website you will see evidence of the growing excellence of our research work. We have won prestigious international awards such as the Newton Fellowship funded by the Royal Society and British Academy for research looking at the development of entrepreneurship in East Asia. We have been awarded multiple EU grants for projects investigating the business models associated with technological innovations for assistive living for older people. We have also been funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to help the government understand how investments in training increases productivity. We have won prestigious national funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to better understand how small firms deal with regulation. Top researchers like economist Dr Nick Drydakis have even hit the international headlines with research that has found that ‘people who had sex four or more times a week earned more money’!

All this research (and much more) is made accessible to you, as a student, in our classrooms. And there’s more. As an undergraduate or postgraduate student in our business school, you can expect to learn how to do research, a skill in high demand with employers. We even have a summer placement scheme where you can work directly with our academics helping them to produce their world leading research. We also have a vibrant doctoral community working closely with our academics to achieve their PhDs.

It’s an exciting time to be at our business school where we are doing research that really counts and helps you, our students.