Computing and Communications

Computing and Communications

Our research and our knowledge exchange capability are more relevant to businesses than ever. Businesses that incorporate digital technologies and use data more effectively typically grow faster and increase their productivity in comparison to business that don’t.

Computing and communications underpin and connect stakeholders with diverse requirements. If you have an idea, project or want to be located in a facility with like-minded digital innovators, we will work with you to develop the opportunity.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help provide solutions to your research or training needs.

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New Projects

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Lancashire Cyber Foundry

Building on the success of the Greater Manchester Cyber Foundry, the £2.1 million Lancashire Cyber Foundry programme offers the opportunity for Small to Medium-sized Enterprises to increase their awareness of cyber security technologies and explore the development of new digital products and services using technology to innovate.

Delivering a blend of workshops, online modules, and software development putting cyber security at the forefront, the Lancashire Cyber Foundry will increase SME innovation, business growth, stability and security through the increased awareness and application of cyber security technologies across 320 SMEs. Any eligible business or sector within Lancashire can apply. You do not have to be a technology-based company to access the support.

Visit the Lancashire Cyber Foundry website

The Lancashire Cyber Foundry is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

To find out more contact Nick King, Business Development Manager. Email

The Northern Powerhouse (NPH)

The NPH is a vision to connect the North’s cities, pooling strengths and tackling barriers to productivity that will make the North economically stronger. Identified growth areas include digital technology, advanced manufacturing, energy, and digital/ health innovation. Our expertise strongly aligns to the growth areas and could benefit your organisation in these emerging markets. 

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Challenge Driven Research

A strong economy and increasing productivity are cornerstones of the £725 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). Our capabilities map onto two ISCF themes:

  • AI and the ‘Data Driven Economy’
  • Ageing and Society

They also intersect with the new Health Innovation Campus. Our focus is to work with external organisations to develop impact with the stakeholder and our research community.

Visit the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund web pages

Digital Rail

 "Digital Rail Limited is working with the School of Computing and Communications on an autonomous vision system for monitoring platform train interfaces to increase safety and reduce dwell times. We are co-funding a patent application for this system with the University."

Dr Howard Parkinson, Technical Director, Digital Rail Limited

Digital Rail Limited


Science and Technology at Lancaster has an established track record of successful collaborative research partnerships with business and industry, from small businesses to large corporations, both in the UK and overseas.

Interdisciplinary Areas

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.

In addition to our eight research themes, we work in three interdisciplinary areas as key growth areas. Contact our team for more details.

Case Study: MicroBit

Computer scientists from the School of Computing and Communications are at the forefront of a UK-wide BBC initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. Dr Joe Finney, School of Computing and Communications, helped develop the coding and programming behind the BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized, codeable computer.

MicroBit with the BBC

Our Services

Contact our Engagement Team

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.

Neil Dullaway

Dr Neil Dullaway

Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Computing and Communications

Nick King

Nick King

Business Development Manager

C73/C74, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Colin McLaughlin

Colin McLaughlin

Head of Partnerships and Engagement for Cyber Security (Cross-Institutional)

C73/C74, C - Floor, InfoLab21

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