Current Student Research
Salford Business School currently has more than 140 postgraduate research students drawn, apart from the UK, from many countries around the world, including Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines and Malaysia.
The School’s research places great value on the fostering of a supportive and collaborative environment. This is achieved through a variety of means, including a doctoral training programme that involves weekly sessions on research process and methodology (covering subjects such as conducting a literature review, methods of data collection, research governance and ethics, analysis, presentation, interpretation and rigour in qualitative research), research seminar series, annual School Postgraduate Research Symposium, regular Information Bulletins, Blackboard site, Facebook page, and various social events. The School is also affiliated to the Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI), a network of research-based university Business and Management Schools in the UK’s north of England. http://lubswww2.leeds.ac.uk/narti/
In addition, the University offers all postgraduate research students an extensive range of free training activities to help develop their research and transferable skills via the Salford Postgraduate Research Training Programme (SPoRT). This programme includes workshops and seminars and online material on topics such as dissertation skills, career planning, intellectual property rights and surviving the viva. Postgraduate training sessions covering a wide range of important topics such as the PhD process and procedure, paradigms, ethical considerations in research, research design and research methodology are also available. http://www.salford.ac.uk/business-school/business-management-courses/business-phd
There is also a Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC) which offers a a postgraduate researchers in different disciplines across the university to exchange ideas: http://www.salford.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research/sparc
Examples of Students on the on-campus PhD programme
The effects of social media on choice in HE study
I am a social media marketer, academician and final year PhD candidate, with experience of working in West Asia and the UK. My experience of student recruitment has grown while investigating, on multiple projects, the use of social media among prospective home and international students. These projects, in addition to revealing the nuances and patterns of social media usage at various stages in the admission process, have also importantly resulted in some students choosing the UK and specific universities for their higher education. In this way, my PhD focuses on the effects of social media on the choice of course of study. The course of study is often cited as an important factor influencing the choice of institution or the host country, but it has rarely been explored in its totality. My study has features with value for practitioners, particularly higher education marketers and student recruitment specialists, and scholars in the area of choice and decision making research in higher education. My findings raise an awareness of the opportunities and constraints associated with social media as a source of information available to prospective students during the course selection process.
Actor-Network theory and the NHS patient record system
As a PhD student in Information Systems I am interested in the sociology and philosophy of technology and qualitative approaches to researching information systems. My research is focused on Electronic Patient Records (EPRs) in the NHS, using Actor-Network Theory to investigate the EPR as a complex object, accessed through multiple user perspectives and with a view to producing a visualisation of its actor-network. I am currently exploring the methodological aspects of applying Actor-Network Theory to field research in addition to using it for data analysis. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I am also involved with teaching tutorial classes on Information Systems related modules and Research Methods at a range of levels from 1st year undergraduate to Masters, allowing me to develop my teaching skills and gain exposure to the academic environment.
Country of origin effects on consumer perception
I have been a PhD student at Salford Business School, University of Salford since 2009. My research focuses on the effects of country of origin (COO) of a product on consumers’ perception, for low and high involvement products. It extends previous research by measuring the two involvement levels side by side within the context of a developing country. This research follows on from work I did on my MSc International Business dissertation. When selecting the institution to carry out my higher studies I made no compromise on the best quality research supervision and facilities by choosing the University of Salford. The quality of research is always my first priority and there are many benefits of being a part of such a great research team which is always there for support and guidance. Research is a process which is long, frenzied and demanding but with the right leadership, motivation, drive and intellectual supervision that I have received, I am highly satisfied that I am going in the right direction at the right pace.
A strategic model for improving service in UK airlines
I have an MBA degree and BSc (Hons) Business Studies with International Business degree from the University of Salford. I also have 14 years background in the airline industry. For the last four years I engaged in teaching for several institutions and now I am a part-time lecturer at Salford. My research area focuses on customer service failure of the UK Airlines. Its main objective is to create a theoretical model in order to develop further the understanding of customer satisfaction and apply this to examine critical incidents of airline service failure and identify optimal recovery strategies.
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Training and Skills
As a postgraduate research student at the University of Salford, you are required to meet a number of milestones in order to re-register for each year of study. These ‘progression points’ are an important aid for both you and your supervisory team and it is essential that you complete them on time.
Although supervision and training are delivered online, attendance at the University is compulsory for the three main formal assessment points: the Interim Assessment, Internal Evaluation and Viva.
Learning Agreement: this is completed by you and your supervisor collaboratively in the first 3 months of your research programme. It encourages both of you to develop a thorough and consistent understanding of your individual and shared roles and responsibilities in your research partnership.
Annual Progress Report:this report is completed by your supervisor at the end of each year of study, and reports on your achievements in the past year, the likelihood that you will submit on time, confirmation of the Learning Agreement and relevant training undertaken.
Self-Evaluation Report:this is completed by you at the end of each year of study. It asks you to comment on your academic progress, supervisory arrangements, research environment, research training, and relevant training undertaken.
Interim Assessment:this is an assessment of your progress by a panel. It takes place towards the end of your first year, and is designed to ensure you have reached a threshold of academic performance, by assessing your general progress. The assessment comprises a written report, presentation and oral examination by a Panel. You must successfully complete it in order to register for your second year.
Internal Evaluation:this will take place towards the end of the second year and successful completion is required in order to continue onto your third year of study. You will be expected to show strong progress in your PhD study reflected in the submission of a substantial piece of work, generally at least four chapters of your thesis.