Research at Norwich Business School
Norwich Business School (NBS) is one of six Schools that comprise the Faculty of Social Sciences. The School's flat, non-departmental structure is designed to encourage interdisciplinarity. This is spectacularly demonstrated by the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) which is based in NBS but also spans the Schools of Law, Economics (ECO) and Political, Social and International Studies (PSI).
The principal body that shapes the School's research environment is the Research Executive, chaired by the School's Director of Research, Professor Stuart Barnes. The Executive's activities include the pump priming of research projects, supporting conference attendance, overseeing the NBS Research Seminar Series and providing guidance on sabbatical applications. The Research Executive also monitors and manages the School's Postgraduate Research Degrees Programme. Activities include the processing of applications, stipulating the provision of postgraduate training, overseeing student progress and upgrades, providing ethical approval, overseeing student entitlements and organising the annual doctoral colloquium.
The School's Director of Research is a member of the Faculty Research Executive, whose membership includes the Pro-Vice Chancellor (PVC) for Research and Knowledge Transfer. The Faculty has an Associate Dean for Research and an Associate Dean for Knowledge Transfer. They are members of the University Research and Knowledge Transfer Executives, both of which are chaired by the PVC for Research and Knowledge Transfer. This structure ensures that School, Faculty and University converge on research strategy, implementation, and assessment.
The NBS Research Ethics Committee (NBS-REC), chaired by Dr. Zografia Bika provides ethical approval of research undertaken by members of Norwich Business School. Before collecting data, it is important that researchers are aware of any possible ethical issues associated with the proposed research and that steps are taken to ensure that best practice is followed.
NBS-REC has established a set of procedures to help NBS staff and students ensure that their research is conducted in accordance with generally accepted ethical standards, and is consistent with the University's ethical guidelines. Further information about the ethical review/approval process, forms, and links to sources of ethical guidance are available via the NBS Research Ethics site on Blackboard.
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