Engagement with Industry and Commercial activities
Our interdisciplinary research programmes, world class facilities and unique range of expertise makes collaboration with industry attractive, rewarding and mutually beneficial. In partnership with Durham University Business and Innovation Services, a range of avenues for collaborating with industry (from SMEs to multinationals), business engagement and research commercialisation activities are available within the Department including:
- Collaborative research projects
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and Secondments (KTS).
- Research Commercialisation - Spin-out Ventures and Impact
The Department's Industrial Partnership Committee develops and nurtures strong industrial links with world class engineering and information technology companies. We have a strong focus on strategic partnerships with key industrial organisations with research interests that overlap our major research areas. Notable among these is a partnership with DONG Energy, who have provided funding of £1M to endow a Chair in Renewable Energy. Research in the areas of energy delivery and computational geomechanics have enabled a partnership with Ikon Science, who have part-funded a lectureship. Our staff are actively working with these organisations to develop new solutions to pressing societal and technological problems. We maintain Department relationships with other blue chip engineering companies (e.g. BAE Systems, Rolls Royce) and SMEs.
Creating and Entrepreneurial Culture at Durham University
Jeff Weedman (Procter & Gamble Global Business Development Vice President) recently presented Durham University as a global leader in multidisciplinary research in the US Congress. During the presentation made to the 50 US State Governors, he stated that UK Universities are "More competitive, they are more aggressive and they are more forward thinking" than their US counterparts. He then named Durham University as the exemplar for industrial engagement and praised the 'Fascinating' approach taken by the Durham Research Institutes. The presentation was part of the National Governor Association conference: Creating and Entrepreneurial Culture, and can be seen via C-SPAN (http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/304528-3 relevant section at 37-45 minutes).