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Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange

The Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange team supports partnership activity with external organisations across a number of mechanisms including collaborative research, consultancy, knowledge exchange, student projects and sharing facilities.

As a University, we have a strong research base with a wealth of expertise, capabilities and knowledge that can be applied to real-world problems.


Catherine Headley

Head of Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange


Tel: +44 (0) 778 992 7168

Our strategy

"Our work must have an impact beyond academia and yield economic, social and cultural benefits whenever the opportunity arises."

Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange

Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 8087


What can we do for you?

We can help you develop mutually beneficial partnerships with a range of external organisations including charities, public institutions, startups, SMEs and large global corporations that can:

  • Add real-world impact to your research
  • Allow you to test and refine your ideas in a non-academic environment
  • Generate interesting research challenges
  • Help you commercialise your ideas
  • Provide access to interesting commercial data
  • Utilise under-used equipment and facilities
  • Improve your reputation and professional standing
  • Give your students excellent employer engagement opportunities via placements and projects
  • Open up new funding streams.