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Business and Industry

The School of Engineering has strong links with industry and through its knowledge exchange team, the Engineering Engagement Team, we are keen to understand how your needs may be met by our resources.

Technical Clusters

We can provide you with support through our sector leading clusters, each featuring internationally recognised experts, technical competence, equipment and facility access and a business support structure. Please visit the links below to learn more around our offer and opportunities to engage in consultancy, research and innovation projects, training and student engagement.

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Sensor Engineering and Technology

A multi-disciplinary team able to address physical, chemical, biological and radiometric sensing projects with a specific USP in harsh environment and high reliability applications. Our design team has expertise in Materials, Physical Design and Interface Electronics with simulation and modelling resources including ANSYS, COMSOL, MATLAB / SIMULINK. Technologies include MEMS, Microfluidic, Electrochemical and 3D printing.

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Test Reliability and Safety Engineering

A cross-disciplinary team able to address reliability challenges in mechanical, chemical and electronic devices and systems together with both production testing and in-field monitoring technologies.

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Chemical Engineering

A multidisciplinary team with capabilities spanning an extensive range of Chemical, Material and Process Engineering domains and expertise that blends applied, experimental and life science approaches.

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Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO)

Over 250 innovative SMEs in Cheshire and Warrington will benefit from the £4.4 million Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO) programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. GISMO provides cutting-edge ideas and solutions to put your business ahead of the curve in the use, design and manufacture of materials. Use it to improve the performance of surfaces and coatings, chemicals and chemistry in your products and processes, and to develop your capabilities in additive manufacturing.

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GISMO gives you fully funded access to the materials science experts at Lancaster University who will help you to:

  • Find new materials for your products
  • Test and develop your products, processes and business ideas
  • Trial new technologies and processes
  • Develop and build prototypes
  • Understand developments in materials science

If you want to put your ideas, materials, products and processes to the test, contact us to find out more about the project:

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Dr Chris Lambert

AI Foundry

Expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) is to be shared with Greater Manchester businesses in a bid to help them develop new products and services, as part of a new £6m project.

University researchers with specialist knowledge in AI will work with a minimum of 170 small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the area, helping them to advance their business through the application of AI. The project hopes to help local businesses build back better following the disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In total, four North West universities: Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and Lancaster University, have teamed up to deliver the European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) scheme named the Greater Manchester AI Foundry.

The new project builds on the success of the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry which was launched by the four institutions in May 2019. The Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry has already successfully supported more than 60 SMEs in adopting cyber security innovation within their business. Knowledge and research from the four universities will now be used to help selected companies embed new AI innovation into their business, helping them to thrive in a new digital age


If you are part of an SME in Greater Manchester and would like to find out how the AI Foundry could benefit you, please get in touch with Chris Lambert, Programme Manager, in the School of Engineering at Lancaster University

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 focused 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
  • Management


We have been engaged in numerous consultancy projects over the years and are happy to discuss your requirements should you wish to benefit from the expertise and technology capability within the Unit.

We are able to offer the following broad consultancy services:

  • Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations
  • Virtual Prototyping of designs and concepts
  • Advice and recommendations for product development
  • Feasibility studies and state-of-the-art reports
  • Design for manufacture recommendations
  • Plans for plant layout and design

Should you wish to discuss any of these, please contact Dr Allan Rennie.

Virtual Tours

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  • cTAP

    In our newest £11.4m technology facility, cTAP, we invite chemical, manufacturing and other businesses to work alongside researchers from our newly-founded Department of Chemistry and access a unique suite of cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7m.

  • InfoLab21

    For a digital business, you couldn’t be better placed than at the School of Computing and Communications, alongside world class research in Computer Science and ICT in a unique collaborative environment.

  • LEC

    We welcome environmental businesses into the Lancaster Environment Centre, a community of world class environmental researchers, high achieving students, government scientists and commercial enterprises working together to address today’s biggest environmental challenges.

  • Engineering

    The School of Engineering houses a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities for providing an in-depth understanding of the applied and fundamental aspects of functional materials, composite systems, structural health modelling, and production processes and technologies.

Contact Us

Got a business challenge? Want more information? Our experience engagement team will listen to your needs and help source the right skills, people and resources needed to solve your business challenge.

Martin Gilmore

Martin Gilmore

Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Physical Sciences

B035, B - Floor, Science and Technology
Elizabeth Mullis

Elizabeth Mullis

Connected Capability Fund (CCF) Partnership Development Manager, Partnerships and Business Engagement Manager

Chris Lambert

Chris Lambert

Programme Manager, PhD student

Lancaster Product Development Unit

+44 (0)7814 076610, +44 (0)1524 594383 D29, D - Floor, Engineering Building
Tom Abram

Tom Abram

Senior Project Engineer

+44 (0)1524 593783 D29, D - Floor, Engineering Building