Partnerships and Business Engagement

COVID-19 Update for Lancaster University External Partners

We are in unprecedented times and, like organisations across the country and beyond, we are adapting the way we work in response to COVID-19. We take our responsibilities to our staff, students and stakeholders extremely seriously and recognise that the rapidly evolving situation necessitates flexibility and adaptability. We also recognise that all of you will be getting to grips with this ‘new reality’ and are busy putting new working practices and procedures in place at the same time as focussing on supporting your colleagues. We remain committed to supporting private, public and third sector organisations across the region, the country and beyond.

The vast majority of our staff are working from home in line with Government guidance, with many operations moved online. Nonetheless, we are open for business and our teams remain contactable during the days and weeks ahead so please do not hesitate to contact our staff directly as usual. Over the coming weeks we will seek to provide support for private, public and third sector organisations during this challenging time and will be posting updates on this page as well as through our social media channels.

We are acutely mindful of the impact that this global crisis is having on all of you, your families and your friends, and would like to extend our very best wishes to all of you on behalf of all of us at Lancaster.

In the meantime, below are some useful links that provide some immediate support and guidance:

What's Your Challenge?

Whether you want to develop a new product, compete in a new market, or access world-leading facilities, Lancaster University has the expertise and resources you need. As over 3,000 businesses have already discovered, partnering with us is a cost-effective, time-efficient way of tapping into a diverse skill-set and achieving success.

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£11.4m New Business Programmes

Register interest now in our new fully funded business programmes:

  • The £4.9m Next Gen Chem programme will enable Lancashire chemical-using SMEs to innovate using 'next generation' chemistry.
  • The £4.4m Greater Innovation for Smart Material Optimisation (GISMO) programme offers Cheshire and Warrington SMEs access to research and development expertise and specialist technology to solve industry-driven challenges through innovations in ‘smart’ materials.
  • The £2.1m Lancashire Cyber Foundry programme offers the opportunity for SMEs to increase their awareness of cyber security technologies and explore the development of new digital products and services using technology to innovate.
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Benefits of Working With Us

  • Work with our award-winning Partnerships and Business Engagement Team to realise your ambitions for growth
  • Access 12,000 students, 3,000 staff and 130,000 alumni in 183 countries
  • Gain a trusted partner with a track record of successful multidisciplinary global industry collaboration
  • Access solution driven research for business growth
  • Gain resources and time to develop innovative new products, processes and services for the global marketplace
  • Access extensive, fully-equipped research and development workshops and laboratories worth over £45m
  • Break barriers to innovation and explore global opportunities

Talk to us Now

If you have a clearly defined project already, you can register your interest here and one of our team will contact you.

If you have an idea or challenge you want to talk through or need us to help scope the project for, or want to find out more about our other funded activities, contact:

Sarah Mills
Operations Manager 

+44 (0)1524 510421

Research Expertise

Our research is rated world leading according to the Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and impact of research by UK universities. Our Partnerships and Business Engagement Team focuses on three areas of expertise to help organisations tap into our diverse skills set.

Mathematics and Statistics

The faculty also hosts one of the most industrially-engaged mathematics and statistics departments in the UK. The department has strong collaborative links with the medical research industry in the design of novel trials through the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics research unit and leads the delivery of the STORi Centre for Doctoral Training with approximately 30 industry co-sponsored PhD students. The department is also host to multiple industrially co-supported research projects and is always keen to develop further collaborative links.

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Case Study: Demopad

“Our relationship with Lancaster University has been nothing short of transformational. It has given us the opportunity to have a virtually unlimited extension of our research and development resource.”
Mike Cain, Demopad

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