Working with business

Physics postgraduate research

We have a broad research portfolio that has the potential to be exploited in commercial application. We provide opportunities for collaborative research and development and access to our world-class facilities and expertise.


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

We seek industry partners to engage in projects funded from schemes such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, Global Challenge Research Fund, Innovate UK funding competitions,  Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. To focus our future research portfolio, direction is provided by the membership of our External Advisory Board.


If you’d prefer to benefit from our knowledge, facilities, expertise and technology on a consultancy basis, that can also be arranged. We have a range of specialist expertise, which can be provided directly to industrial partners.

Access our facilities

We have an extensive suite of facilities which can be accessed by industrial partners and collaborators. If you are looking to locate a particular item of research equipment you can search the N8 database, which holds details of all the equipment and facilities across the N8 university partnership.

Recruit 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:

Simon Wilkins, Research and Innovation Development Manager
t: +44 (0)113 343 3039, e: