Research activities at the School are organised into both research centres and research groups. Our centres include:
WCTR is focused on the delivery of policy-informing research related to a diverse range of research interests under the broad tourism, hospitality and events banner. Research Groups within WCTR include Competitive and Sustainable Destinations, Social Inclusion & Equality, Events Studies and Hospitality Research. The Centre has strong links with Welsh Government's Major Events Unit, and has developed an event impact evaluation methodology which has recently been applied (via officially commissioned contract research circa £50K) to high profile events on the world stage - the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race and the 2017 UEFA Champions League Finals in Cardiff. WCTR also includes Next Tourism Generation Alliance (Wales) part of a €4 million EU project seeking to address skills needs in tourism and related sectors focusing on digital, social and sustainability skill sets.
VFC focuses on applied research around Contemporary Operations Management Paradigms (COMPS) - Supply Chain and Procurement systems development. Research emanating from the VFC has enabled significant business improvements within a range of organisations including British Airways Maintenance, GE Aviation, NHS, and also into curriculum development (MSc programme in Production Engineering Management, MSc in International Supply Chain and Logistics Management). The VFC also works closely with PDR (National Centre for Product Design & Development Research, Cardiff Met).
The VFC is instrumental in the collaborative
MEECE project which started in 2020.
Research Leader: Professor Mark Francis
CLEC undertakes research around entrepreneurship and management skills, innovation and economic development, and related policy related issues. It is also the delivery vehicle for the
20Twenty Leading Business Growth Programme, a large scale European-funded research and delivery programme on SME management skills development. The centre also oversees the Help To Grow Management Programme. The government-backed business growth and mentoring initiative that will open the door to growth for thousands of business leaders across the UK.
During the current assessment period the Centre has engaged with over 1000 organisations (both public & private, in Wales and beyond). Members of CLEC also provide policy evidence (Welsh Government, UK Industrial Strategy) on a regularly basis.
Research Leader: Professor Brian Morgan.