Business engagement services

Our dedicated Business Engagement Team can put you in direct contact with expert academics who can help you achieve your objectives and face future challenges with confidence.

Innovation is part of our culture and by building partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, the BE team facilitates translation of our fundamental research into economic and wider social gain, helping develop and enhance your organisation in today’s competitive economy.

The University's Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (BEKE) team consist of five sub teams:

  • Strategic Accounts;
  • International Business Engagement;
  • Knowledge Exchange;
  • Business Intelligence;
  • Faculty Business Engagement. 

The team supports a range of activities that bridge the gap between academia and industry by facilitating interactions that will be lead to mutual benefit eg strategic partnerships, collaborative research projects, knowledge transfer partnerships and international industry collaborations. 

What we offer

Based within the Faculty, the Humanities Business Engagement Support Team supports a range of activities to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, the public sector and third sector organisations.

We can link organisations to relevant academic staff, research groups or research institutes, and providing ongoing relationship support.

Our team organises Innovation Labs each year bringing businesses and researchers together for a half day hands-on workshop to develop research projects in response to specific business challenges.

This short video from one of our previous events gives a flavour of how these work.

Examples of projects completed with a range of external partners are available on our case studies pages.

Innovation for your organisation

Whether you’re a multinational corporation or a local not-for-profit scheme, by connecting you with expertise within the Faculty, we can offer innovative solutions to support your current objectives, and help you identify and plan for future business challenges.

Our services include:

Contact our team to discuss how we could support your business requirements.

The Faculty of Humanities Business Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Team (BEKE) comprises Professor Andrew James, Associate Dean for Business Engagement and External Relations; Rachel Kenyon and Adam Winship, Business Engagement Managers; and Alexander Riley, ASPECT Broker.