Public Engagement

Engaging with Industry

The Public Engagement Unit has worked alongside researchers from across the University and Research & Innovation Services to explore the benefits and pitfalls of undertaking university-industry research collaborations. The emphasis on collaboration has involved investigating individuals' experiences working with, rather than for, industry partners. 

This work has informed the development of an Introductory Guide to Research / Industry Collaborations alongside case studies of researchers' experiences. Various university-industry engagement projects have also been funded.

A introductory guide to research / industry collaborations

The Introductory Guide to Research / Industry Collaborations should be of use to those researchers new to such engagement. However, we hope that those with more experience of industry collaborations will still find some of the insights in the guide of interest.

Amongst other things, the guide includes:

  • Benefits of engaging with industry
  • Challenges of engaging with industry
  • Top tips for industry engagement

Download the guide.

University-industry researcher case studies

Dr Richard Fairchild (School of Management) and Dr Kate Woodthorpe (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) both have experience of university-industry research collaborations. In their case studies, they reflect on these experiences. What went well? What challenges did they face? What would they do differently and what tips would they give to those embarking on industry collaborations?

University-industry projects

Through its seed funding call, the Public Engagement Unit has funded three engaged research projects with industry, two based in the School of Management and one in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Case studies and other resources have been produced for each of the projects:  

  1. Behaviours4Collaboration - A half-day stakeholder engagement event aimed at soliciting feedback from members of the construction sector on a tool for collaborative working.
  2. Costing research for industry - An interactive workshop to secure industrial buy-in for new engineering-related research.
  3. Creating NRG - A day-long event to build potential for research collaborations with industry partners for a new Research Group.

Further reading

If you are interested in finding out more about university-industry research collaborations, the below readings / links should be of use. Additional readings can be found in the Introductory Guide to Research / Industry Collaborations: