The fast-paced world of modern industry presents increasingly complex challenges, demanding increasingly sophisticated science and technology-driven solutions. Our approach draws upon technical expertise and world class facilities in Physical Sciences to bring together creative, multidisciplinary collaborations that cut across traditional boundaries keeping our partners and us at the forefront of technological innovation.
Our diverse community of over 400 researchers alongside businesses and partnerships staff work together across disciplines to create tangible impact.
Please contact us to discuss how we can help provide solutions to your research or training needs.
From applied fundamental research to cutting-edge technological innovations, we work with all types of external organisations to further knowledge and exploit that knowledge to create impact. The breadth of expertise and ability to bring together researchers and partnerships staff from a diverse pool of talent allows for novel approaches and creative solutions. Each academic department has a number of research groups – read more about those here.
Over £25M facilities
Over 100 business partnerships
Lab space for 30 businesses
Our extensive, fully-equipped R&D workshops and laboratories worth over £25M enable businesses to work alongside our researchers and dedicated technicians in a unique collaborative environment, developing and testing new products and processes for global markets.
Dedicated Experimental Officers and Technology Access Consultants maintain and operate the equipment and provide a hugely valuable resource for our R&D intensive industry collaborators. We also offer co-location space, meaning businesses can work side-by-side with our specialists on joint projects.
Specialist facilities for business include:
Ways of Working
There are a wide range of mechanisms for external partners to engage with researchers across Physical Sciences. These include student placements, contract research, facilities access, professional development and multi-partner collaborative research projects. Lancaster has an established track record in working in collaboration with a variety of external organisations and we are keen to develop new and existing partnerships.
Examples include SMEs, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, public sector institutes and large multinationals. Our Business Development Managers have a good understanding of funding and can advise on the best ways of working with us given your specific circumstances and requirements.
Institutes and Centres
A major strength of Lancaster University is its thriving ecosystem of interdisciplinary research. This collaborative approach is fostered by our mixture of formal and informal structures – bringing together experts from different disciplines to address challenges on all scales.
Physical Sciences is home to a number of outward facing centres and institutes that help make Lancaster University a leading regional, national and international centre of excellence for innovation.
"By entering into this project with the University we secured a concentrated effort and powerful resource able to focus on areas that we are prevented from considering by the day to day pressures involved with a normal business."
Martin Briddon, Engineering Manager, James Fisher Mimic
Benefits of Collaboration
- Access specialist knowledge and emerging technologies
- Access to events, conferences, technology demonstrations and specialist technical workshops
- Gain extra resources through student engagement activities
- Tap into our global network
- Work with us to develop new products and processes
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 GilmoreHead of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Physical Sciences
Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Understanding a changing planet
Dr Nilla Karlsen-DaviesPartnerships and Business Engagement Manager
Chris Lambert BSc (Hons) MSc FHEAProgramme Manager
Lancaster Product Development Unit