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Ambitious Research Strategy Lays Out CUBS’ Determination to Become International centre of Excellence

By: Alan Drumm | Posted on: 19 Jun 2020

Ambitious Research Strategy Lays Out CUBS’ Determination to Become International centre of Excellence

After a great deal of study, analysis and review, Professor Mathias Beck and Dr Sean Lucey launched the College of Business and Law’s Research Strategy 2020 - 24. 

Designed to stimulate high-quality research that will make a significant contribution to the development of society, policy and business, the ambitious strategy lays out the College’s determination to become a leading international centre of excellence by prioritising seven specific objectives. 

Ranging from targeting prestigious high impact journals to nurturing the next generation of research leaders, the strategy acts of as a “statement of ambition” according to Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Head of the College of Business and Law. 

The Research Strategy, which was in gestation for some time, is a roadmap that outlines the ambition and expectation of the College of Business and Law. 

It prioritises meaningful research while also acknowledging that there are a number of different ways to research. 

The strategy underlines our commitment to research excellence by calling out high impact publications, international journals, funded research, collaboration, and research that enhances policy.  

It also states our determination to promote gender diversity and to all support researchers, no matter their level. 

Having already established the Cork University Business School Excellence Publication Research Awards, the research strategy builds on much of what Prof Beck and Dr Lucey have been working toward in recent years. 

Designed to showcase the achievements of the Business School’s outstanding researchers, last year the number of faculty honoured at the awards increased from 17 to 32. 

Commenting on the success of the research strategy, Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork, congratulated Professor Beck and Dr Lucey for “their clear articulation of the College’s ambition” before commenting on how it aligned with UCC’s wider strategy. 

This research strategy builds on what has already been achieved in the College of Business and Law. 

I’m delighted that it aligns with UCC’s research strategy, which will make it a very productive interface between the College and University. 

It takes a lot of work to publish in the highest impact journals. I am heartened by the way the plan encourages researchers to go the extra mile. 

The launch also saw each of Cork Universities Business School’s 11 research centres showcase the significant impact they have made over the last twelve months. 

One of the key themes to emerge from the engaging and detailed presentations was the interdisciplinary nature of the research being undertaken at Business School. 

From health to food and fintech, each research centre called out examples of where they have worked with colleagues, institutions and funding bodies that are beyond their traditional scope. 

Throughout the presentation, representatives from each of the Business School’s research centres keenly demonstrated how they are engaging with a wide variety of national and international funding bodies, with industry collaboration proving to be a key theme. 

Many speakers also highlighted how their centres are working with partners within the fast-growing sustainability space.  

Looking at the subject from several divergent fields, including the design of cities, the development of sustainable livelihoods and the future of the co-operative movement, the launch demonstrated how CUBS researchers are helping shape the transition toward a sustainable society. 

Download the College of Business and Law Research Strategy