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Who we are and What we do

The Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (BEKE) team consist of 4 sub teams – Strategic Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, Business Intelligence and Faculty Business Engagement.

The team supports a range of activities that bridge the gap between academia and industry by facilitating interactions that will lead to mutual benefit, e.g. strategic partnerships, collaborative research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships, consultancy and training.


Catherine Headley

Head of Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange


Tel: +44 (0) 778 992 7168

Authorisation process for pricing

For all Framework Agreements with funders and for research contracts with commercial funders there is an additional requirement to submit an outline business case at an early stage of negotiation to Finance Subcommittee.

Authorisation process for export control

From April 2019, there is an additional requirement to submit all potential agreements irrespective of value to embargoed countries. Such potential agreements must be reviewed by Export Controls, Dr. Irene Barinaga-Rementeria, Regulatory Compliance and Risk Manager.

Export Controls Compliance Team

Please see the full list of embargoed countries as advised on GOV.UK including other countries subject to restrictions.

Strategic Partnerships

Oversees the management and development of industrial strategic partnerships across the University of Manchester. This incorporates the management, sustainability and growth of existing partnerships and the identification and development of new partnerships emerging from faculties and international activities.

Contact:  Louise Bates Head of Strategic Partnerships (x68462)

                 Hui Wang  Business Engagement Manager - International Strategic Partnerships (x64012)

Knowledge Exchange (KE)

The KE team works to match research expertise, technology and skills available within the University, with business challenges, so organisations can improve their competitiveness and productivity while supporting innovation and growth. The Knowledge Exchange (KE) Team also has responsibility for managing, delivering and reporting on the University’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership portfolio and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account. Examples of successful KE projects.

Contact: (x 66815)

Business Intelligence

The Business Intelligence Team contributes to the University’s operational priorities for growth of non-fee income from BEKE activities in the UK and internationally. Working across BEKE, the team will use data and policy analytics and foresighting activity to provide supporting market insights and intelligence to secure new faculty funding streams from industry, develop new framework agreements and enable early insights for upcoming UK and global funding opportunities.

Contact: Lawrence Davies - Business Intelligence Manager


The Consultancy Services team manages and provides support for all consultancy activity across the University. We help at all stages of the consultancy process- from an academic being interested in doing consultancy work, through to setting up a consultancy agreement quickly and easily, and taking care of pricing, negotiations, contracting, and finance. Consultancy is often the first step to something incredible, and we are here to help that happen.

Contact: Nic Gowland  Business Engagement Manager 

Faculty Business Engagement Teams

Each Faculty has a BEKE team that is responsible for managing strategy and high-value relationships with businesses, charities and other external organisations that will have mutually beneficial results. The Faculty Business Engagement teams support all schools and institutes in the Faculties, acting as a ‘one-stop shop’ for advice, support or signposting as necessary on any aspects of business engagement activity, both externally and internally across the Faculty and in support of cross-faculty engagement.

Contact: Saq Rasul – Head of Integrated Business Engagement  – (x 63986)

Faculty Teams