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Salford Business School

Collaborate with our researchers

At Salford Business School, we aim to deliver real business solutions provided through research that pushes the bounderies of business and law thinking yet remains grounded in real-world impact.

Our research extends outside our School to work with business in a unique way of collaborative learning.  Industry Collaboration encourages a multi-disciplinary approach which contributes to our international reputation for world-class research. Find out more about our Business Centres and Research Groups

Don’t just take our word for it. The Research Excellence Framework (last published in 2014) assesses the quality of research in UK academic  institutions and we have some excellent results.  Salford Business School achieved the biggest growth in research quality among business schools in the north west, 140% growth in world leading research, and 40% of its impact is judged outstanding. The School now has an excellent platform for  growth towards REF 2020.

The impact of our research
Salford Business School has a compelling record of generating research in partnership. Applied research projects that benefit the communities in which the research is embedded is evidenced and promoted through Salford Impact. Our projects demonstrate  significant funding success with key funding partners and users including:

  • SMEs (we are a top 5 University for SME engagement (p.68 of Witty Review)  
  • city-regions, regional government, and international organisations  
  • international rail operators and their commercial partners  
  • rail trades unions, their members and employer organisations  
  • national/international sports and gaming administration agencies and regulators, the industries, athletes and fans, and sports policy makers  
  • football governing bodies, professional football leagues, managers, fans  
  • gambling regulatory authorities and policy makers.  

Our research impacts everyday life in a number of ways:

  • Our business analysts helped create the official player rating scores for the Barclays Premier League  
  • We validate the National Lottery draw    
  • We work with SMEs to help them become digital through our pioneering work in digital marketing and search engine optimisation  
  • We support start up businesses to build networks at events such as Creative Entrepreneur and Innovating Future Business
  • We bring together political marketers and advise unions in industrial disputes  
  • Briefing the UN about climate change and the law  
  • Developing a virtual court environment for family law  

Our academics
The academics based in our research centres are experts in their field contributing to international academic journals and leading publications, and providing expert comment on topical subjects in written and broadcast media.  By working with these academics,  you can be certain of informed and balanced and cutting edge opinion.  Find out more about our academics in the relevant centre or group webpage; or go to our staff profile page

Industry sponsored research
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are a Europe-wide programme, part-funded by government, which form partnerships between universities and participating organisations. The recruiting organisation appoints suitably qualified postgraduate students  to work on specific projects, while being jointly monitored by an academic supervisor.

The Higher Education Innovation Fund Knowledge Exchange (HEIF) funds a broad range of research which results in economic and social benefit to the UK.