The department values the benefits brought by effective partnerships with business. Several research groups and centres have established contacts with industry and we are always keen to explore new links.


The Statistics section has a long-standing tradition of conducting methodological research motivated by, and feeding back into, applied challenges arising from work with industrial partners. To this end we have formed collaborative programmes with a number of leading national and international organisations.

These provide us with opportunities for:

  • identification of important research challenges, currently not met within the literature
  • staff and student exchanges, to foster longer-term collaborative opportunities
  • development of research programmes of mutual interest

Such collaborations can take many different forms including (co)funding of PhD projects, postdoctoral funding and internships.

The STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training (STOR-i) and the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit (MPS) are the department's principal vehicles used to develop such relationships.


Partnership with business is a core element of STOR-i. As such we have teamed up with leading industries that recognise and support the need for highly-skilled researchers in statistics. Current partners include BT, Shell, Unilever, the Met Office and the National Nuclear Laboratory. We have also forged international research partnerships with SFI (Norway), the Naval Postgraduate School (US), Northwestern (US) and the University of Washington (US). These key cross-disciplinary centres have been selected for their international research reputations and for the degree of alignment of their agendas with that of STOR-i.

STOR-i website

Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit

The Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit (MPS) develops and evaluates novel statistical methods of study design and data analysis for use in the pharmaceutical and medical research community. It consequently works with a number of partners in healthcare, the public sector and pharmaceutical industry, including AstraZeneca, Novartis and Roche. Please see the MPS website for further details.

As part of its continued commitment to professional development, the MPS unit has prepared a number of courses which may be commissioned by organisations and tailored to meet special requirements. A selection of these is also run each year at Lancaster. Details may be found on the MPS courses page.

MPS website

Pure Mathematics

The Discrete Mathematics and Geometric Rigidity group has interests in applying mathematical techniques to industrial problems and has a number of established relationships with industry, notably in the area of Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

Research group page

Industrial Placements and Dissertations

As part of our undergraduate programmes, we offer our students the opportunity to undertake an industrial dissertation in their fourth year. If you would be interested in exploring the possibility of working with us in this way, please contact the department.

Further information on working with the university may be found via the Careers Service.

Careers Service