Business and Industry

The Engineering Department has strong links with industry and through its knowledge exchange team, Lancaster Product Development Unit (LPDU), we are keen to understand how your needs may be met by our resources. 

These include not only physical resources but the use of expertise through academics, students and engineers to address problems and exploit opportunities. LPDU are constantly engaged in a wide range of business support initiatives focussed towards small and medium enterprises, and also collaborate with larger companies.

Working With You

We work with businesses in five core ways- collaborative research, student engagement, facilities for research and development, professional training, and commercialisation of intellectual property. Collaborations range from short, small-scale interventions of support addressing a particular issue to longer, product-development focussed activity. The nature of the work will depend on your needs and could include Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), CASE studentships, internships, direct academic engagement or the recently developed MSc (by Research).

We also work with other business partnerships teams across the university and can bring in experts from Chemistry, Energy, Environment, Health and Human Development, Information and Communication Technology, Quantum Technology, Security and Management to complement our engineering expertise where relevant. 

Lancaster Product Development Unit

The Lancaster Product Development Unit (LDPU) is currently delivering several major European Funded Projects, as well as providing consultancy services, actively exploring research opportunities and delivering against institutional Innovation Fund targets.

To find out more and for contact details of the staff members within LPDU, visit the LPDU web pages.