REF 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality, impact and vitality of the environment for research UK universities.  The latest REF was undertaken in 2014 and the Management School was ranked 27th out of 101 submissions in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*) publications.  All of ULMS’s  impact cases were graded as world leading and internationally excellent while 88% of the School’s research environment was ranked in this top bracket.

Research and Impact

Formed in 2002, ULMS has grown into a leading contributor to Business and Management research. Accredited by AACSB and ranked among the top 80 business schools in Europe according to the Financial Times, the School has attracted more than £5 million of grant funding in the last six years.

As part of the Russell Group ULMS is committed to the very best research and excellent links with business and the public sector.  Through a flourishing PhD programme, national and international collaborations, a partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China, and an excellent research support environment ULMS continues to produce world–leading original, significant and rigorous research outputs and impact cases, making a real difference to the lives of people in Liverpool and Merseyside, in the wider UK and European context, as well as globally by  improving enterprise and shaping economic, political and societal development.

Examples include The Liverpool Agility Method for manufacturing operations and supply chains has boosted the region’s economy and employment by facilitating the growth of manufacturing SMEs, supporting their participation in global networks and equipping owner-managers with skills to grow businesses. Owner-managers in the North West have reported turnover increases averaging 21% after benefitting from the Management School’s research on managerial and entrepreneurial learning and its leadership development programme (LEAD), run in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. 

Our research has also changed the direction of legislative and political change in Welsh devolution and helped to develop universal healthcare systems in South-East Asia, Africa and Central Eastern Europe. The Livelihood Enhancement Plan developed through research at Liverpool into microfinance benefits half a million women in the Andhra Pradesh region of India each year. Our research has also reshaped regulatory frameworks in the water utility industry and the National Health Service.

View our Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences REF 2014 case study and the full results table.