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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Strategic Partners


Through our partnerships we aim to enhance the quality of research and teaching and develop research impact through long term mutually beneficial business partnerships. For strategic partners, we aim for a broad engagement between the University and the external partner, featuring multiple points of contact, engagement with multiple departments or across Institutes, a mutual desire for the relationship and an alignment of the strategic objectives of the partners.

We work with closely with a number of strategic partners across a range of sectors, including fast moving consumer goods, materials, formulation, energy, computation, finance, local government and the innovation ecosystem, where there is strong alignment of the interests of both parties. Whilst relationships often focus on research and innovation, they can also be with respect to the recruitment, teaching & learning, student experience and employability agendas.

We aim to develop new strategic partnerships in the future, where our strengths match the needs of external organisations. If you are interested in learning more about how we work with partners, please get in touch via:


Telephone: 0191 3344650