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Mechanisms for interaction with business

In times of economic difficulty it is especially important that businesses work more efficiently & effectively for research & development to be innovative.  By working with us businesses they can gain advantage over their competitors and, though recruitment may be less prolific, the selection of high quality graduates and excellent CPD opportunities we offer remains important

In this dynamic context there could be many, and sometimes multiple, opportunities for the University to interact with a company

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Contract Research

Within the context of your research & enterprise strategy the University’s resource base and research expertise can provide skills, facilities and expertise to a wide range of organisations - accelerating their innovation process, providing fast track access to new ideas, products and markets. Businesses can commission the academics and researchers at the University to work on problems specific to their R & D needs, giving us the opportunity to generate income, gain new skills & experience of working with industry as well as, subject to agreement, to publish papers.

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Collaborative Research

The UK Research Councils and other funding bodies have recognised the need to engage in programmes that demonstrate a real business benefit. There are a range of funding schemes available to stimulate knowledge transfer and collaborative research between Universities and industry

These collaborative research projects usually involve two or more collaborators, including one from business and some funding schemes, such as that of the TSB and some Industrial CASE schemes, may require the application to be led by the industry partner, not the University. Sources of funding include schemes from Research Councils, Charities and the Technology Strategy Board such as:

  • Collaborative R & D competitions
  • Industry fellowships
  • Case Studentships
  • Industrial Partnership Awards
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Industry and Academia can also participate together in collaborative research projects from the European Commission Framework 7 programme

Please contact your Research & Enterprise Development Manager (R&EDM) for more information on these schemes and deadlines. Their role is to support your application and to provide advice throughout. You can also contact your R&EDM for advice on finding an industry partner

See Also: The importance of Non Disclosure Agreements and Contracts

Commercial Contracts - NDA

Student Recruitment and Placements

The Careers Advisory Service (CAS) works in close partnership with faculties and schools to develop the career potential and employability of our students and graduates. Simultaneously CAS provides professional support for employers, professional bodies and voluntary groups looking to recruit students for industrial placements, vacation internships and term time work. A toolkit for academics engaging with employers is scheduled to be available at http://www.reading.ac.uk/careers/staff/ in late 2010

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