Working with business

Klaudia Broniwicka on work placement

Are you looking to research and develop an exciting new project or solve a particular difficult problem?

Are you seeking funding to get an idea off the ground or follow up a new opportunity?

If so, then our specialist expertise might be just what you’re after. We provide opportunities for Innovation, collaborative research and development and access to our world-leading knowledge, facilities, expertise and technologies. We also have a broad research portfolio that has the potential to be exploited in a commercial application.

In addition, we have an expert team, which supports you and our academics to help facilitate the exchange of vital knowledge and experience to organisations like yours.


Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We’re constantly looking to work alongside forward-thinking external partners with whom we can both work on impactful and innovative R&D projects to develop the technologies of the future, by applying and developing our research skills, technologies and methodologies.

We therefore seek industry partners to engage in collaborative research and development projects funded from schemes such as: UKRI, including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Industrial Case Awards; Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund; Global Challenge Research Fund; Innovate UK Funding Competitions; Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs); and, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.


Alternatively if you would like to benefit from our knowledge, facilities, expertise and technology, we can arrange a consultancy or a contract research programme with you. We have a range of specialist knowledge and applied expertise, which can be provided directly to your organisation as consultancy or contracted research. These are flexible and can span either short or long term projects.

Projects are scoped jointly by the individuals to be involved and can encompass access to our equipment and specialist software. Sometimes there are opportunities to link to student summer internships or projects – this will give you faster and more cost-effective delivery.

Access our facilities

Our facilities can be accessed by industrial partners and collaborators.

Join our Industrial Advisory Committee

Our Industrial Advisory Committee comprises of academics and senior representatives from industry. The board meets twice a year to provide a strategic view from the industrial community on the School’s: research, student education, innovation and external engagement activities.

Recuit our students

We have a dedicated Employability Team that provide businesses with access to our talented students through a range of services.

Get in touch

If you’d like to access our facilities, and work with our world-leading academics, please contact us for an initial discussion:

Karen Steenson, Engineering Research and Innovation Service Manager

John Stanford, Research and Innovation Development Manager
t: +44 (0)113 343 2402, e: