Transforming Tomorrow Fund

A project by: University of Exeter

pledged of £100,000 target
Help us nurture the next generation of outstanding researchers

Early Career Researchers play a crucial role in the research community at the Business School. They are the bedrock of our academic community and they represent the exciting future of business research. The generosity of our alumni and supporters has already seen the Transforming Tomorrow Fund support Early Career Research on a diverse range of projects.

Now, research at the University of Exeter Business School is focused around three important themes; Environmental Sustainability, Technological Transformation and Responsible Leadership, helping to address major issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, rising poverty and social inequalities.

A gift to the Transforming Tomorrow Fund will support early career researchers at the Business School to produce academic research which translates into practical, sustainable solutions for business, transforming tomorrow for individuals and organisations in light of these global challenges. Your gift will equip researchers to undertake a wide range of activity by funding project expenses such as lab fees, research assistants, experiments, transcription, workshops and travel.

Help us nurture the next generation of outstanding research at Exeter by equipping the next generation with the skills and tools they need to make a real impact upon the business world.

Below are examples of work in our three focus areas from senior Business School researchers, and going forward, we want to enable our Early Career Researchers to carry out innovative research projects in these areas as well. Donations to the Transforming Tomorrow Fund will enable the Business School to make grants towards the research costs incurred on highly deserving, carefully selected projects delivered by Early Career Researchers in these areas.

1. technological transformation

The digital age has revolutionised business and the rate of change is still accelerating. We are reimagining business in a digital age, aligning our ideas and innovations with new business processes, culture and customer experiences to meet the needs of a global marketplace that is no longer defined by geography - but by networks and connections.

Professor Nav Mustafee’s research has helped to cut waiting times in the NHS. It is based on nudge theory and led to the development of the NHSquicker App, a real-time solution informing attendance choices for urgent care, which patients can use with several health trusts in the South West. Listen to Nav discuss his research here.

2. environmental sustainability

The environmental and climate emergency present humanity with its greatest challenge. Sustaining the resources that make business possible, whilst prioritising the needs of the natural world is our first responsibility. At the University of Exeter's Business School we integrate our environment and sustainability research with data science, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge digital technologies to provide meaningful insights that can address environmental change.

Professor Ben Groom was recently instrumental in the Treasury’s Environmental Discount Review, which recommended more accurate future monetary valuations of the natural environment to ensure the future environment is accounted for in policy appraisal. Meanwhile, the Business School’s Centre for Circular Economy has been working with the Revolution-ZERO initiative, to help the NHS replace single-use PPE with ultra-low carbon and re-use alternatives. Read more here.

3. responsible leadership

In an era of unprecedented change, the need for organisations to demonstrate responsible leadership has never been greater. Our new world leadership approach is driven by sustainable development and social responsibility and seeks to promote more than an organisation's economic and financial objectives - encouraging leaders to protect and develop the resources entrusted to them by society.

Professor Ruth Sealy’s research areas include women in leadership; board composition; role models; and various aspects of corporate governance. Ruth was the lead researcher of the annual Female FTSE Report, monitoring women on listed boards and executive committees. You can watch more about this here:

the transforming tomorrow fund

The Transforming Tomorrow Fund exists to foster the next generation of young researchers, by supporting early career researchers at the Business School to undertake applied research with identifiable outcomes for organisations and individuals in the areas of Technological Transformation, Environmental Sustainability and Responsible Leadership.

A gift to this fund will equip researchers at the beginning of their careers with the skills and tools they need to flourish and make a real impact upon the world, creating practical, sustainable solutions for individuals and organisations. The fund will be used to support a wide range of activity including lab fees, research assistants, experiments, transcription, workshops and travel.

Previous recipients have described the impact receiving a grant has made to them:

“Our project studying the decline in geographical mobility would not have been possible without the grant. Thanks to the generous funding, we were able to develop a research project that looked at migration patterns going back into the last 80 years, and across vast geographical boundaries. This greatly increased the scope of the project, giving us the chance as Early Career Researchers to work on a project that has the potential to have a lasting impact on future policy on migration and economic growth.”

Dr Elisa Keller (Senior Lecturer in Economics)

will you join us?

Gifts of all size are appreciated, as together they can be truly transformational and make a big difference to our research. Whether £50 or £500, we are extremely grateful for all donations. Thank you.

“The funding provided has had a transformational impact on my research prospects. It enabled me to build a far more substantial dataset, create wider networks, and thus lift the quality of my research outputs considerably.” 

Dr Graham Perkins (Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Fund Recipient)

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