Ways of working with us

Research and consultancy work with industry and businesses has been fundamental to the great achievements of our University for centuries. Many come to us to gain access to the knowledge of our outstanding academics or for our state-of the-art and often unique facilities. There are various ways in which you can gain from collaborating with the School, from one-off consultancy projects to long term research collaborations.

Ways to collaborate with us:

Consultancy work

We can provide the following consultancy services:

  • Industrial Position Papers
  • Third-party checking
  • Expert witness work
  • Numerical modelling (CFD, stress analysis, etc.)
  • CPD courses, either in-house or off-site
  • Development of design methods and software
  • Drafting design guides
  • Representation on code and sector committees
  • Development of National Annexes for the Eurocodes


 We have provided consultancy services to many companies.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are part funded through the TSB and involve high-quality graduates (KTP Associates) working within companies on projects central to the needs of the company. KTP Associates are jointly supervised by company personnel and a senior academic. 

Projects range in duration from six months to three years and are based around improving the competitiveness of the business, such as improving product designs, quality or manufacturing processes, reducing costs, increasing sales and developing new markets. 

Collaborative research

We are keen to engage in collaborative research projects that are driven by your business needs. We can develop a specific knowledge transfer project that is industry funded or is partially supported by research council money.

Sponsored student research 

Sponsored student research

Industrially sponsored Postgraduate research

We can provide support and joint supervision for a student to work with you as part of their doctoral training, masters degree projects or as one year Individual Third Year Project. Our students cherish the opportunity to undertake company led projects. We are already receiving a large number of fully funded studentships from industry and in some cases so called "top-up" funding is provided by the sponsor if a research project is of particular interest.

EPSRC Industrial CASE

Industrial CASE

Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering

Industrial CASE provides funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice. Students receive EPSRC funding for 3.5 years. Businesses provide extra funding to the student, a minimum of a third of the EPSRC funding. This currently comes to about £22,000 over the course of the project. Companies are allocated awards through EPSRC where they can define a project with an academic partner of their choice.

EPSRC allocate awards:

  • Directly to large businesses using an algorithm based on direct financial collaboration on EPSRC-funded research and collaboration on studentships.
  • Through Industrial CASE agents (knowledge transfer networks and regional development agencies) - a number of awards are available for businesses, especially small- and medium-sized organisations.
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