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Update from the Research and Faculty Office

By Rosemary Vipond, Director, Research and Faculty Office

The new academic year has got off to a good start in the Research and Faculty Office. At the beginning of September, Irem Tuna, Deputy Dean (Faculty) chaired a lively orientation day for the five new faculty who joined the School this year – Sarath Balachandran, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Roberto Gomez-Cram, Assistant Professor of Finance, Marco Grotteria, Assistant Professor of Finance, Dana Kanze, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, and Kathleen O’Connor, Clinical Professor of Organisational Behaviour – followed by a drinks reception hosted by the Dean at No 1.

We have also welcomed a new post-doctoral research fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Marketing – Laura Giurge. She will be supporting innovation in the Research Lab, working closely with our Lab Manager, Zareen Choudhury.

At the end of September the PhD Programme welcomed 18 new PhD students. This year over 50% of the new class are women, in keeping with our aim to increase the number of female students at the School. We are also delighted that Andrew Scott, Professor of Economics, supported by our research support team, has secured a new research grant from the Economic and Social Research Council. 

A top priority for the department this year is the preparation of the School’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2021 (REF2021). This is a system for assessing research in higher education institutions in the UK. The School’s performance in this exercise is important not just for its research reputation, but it also determines the amount of money we receive annually for research from Research England. We currently receive over £3 million per annum for this. Developing the submission will be a major collaborative effort involving faculty, subject areas, and staff in several other departments including Accounts and Library as well as the Research and Faculty Office.