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We are always eager to work closely with industry on a wider range of topics. To create the perfect fit between your company and cutting-edge mathematical technology, numerous and diverse collaboration opportunities exist, as well as government grants to part-fund the research.

The School of Mathematics has a strong track record of collaboration with industry and other external partners. See some examples of our past collaborations.

If your company is interested in hearing more about how mathematics and the quantitative sciences can help your company then please contact us.

We often have industrially funded PhD projects - see our funding page for the latest project details.

  • How relevant are the mathematical sciences to my company?

    Applications of research and development from within the School have great relevance to many areas of industry. In fact, as the world becomes ever more quantitative, mathematics is underpinning ever more diverse areas of science.

    This can include fluid dynamics, materials science, imaging, real-options, probability, statistics, finance, population dynamics, genetics, and energy/power systems, to name but a few of the research areas.

  • What types of companies work with the School?

    The scope of our existing partnerships is broad. We have a range of Manchester-based companies, such as Inventive IT, to national companies such as Thales, through to multi-national corporations such as AstraZeneca,  Rapiscan and Federal Mogul. In addition, the applications of our work need not be physical, as we also work with software companies such as Gemcom Software International and the Numerical Analysis Group (NAG). In short, we are happy to work with all companies who require the usage of mathematics. We have listed some examples of our past collaborations with a wide range of partners.
  • What does 'collaboration' actually mean?

    Collaboration can come in a variety of forms, such as:

    • Workshops
    • Masters projects (approx. 3 months)
    • PhD projects (approx. 3.5 years)
    • PhD industrial placements (approx. 6 months)
    • Post-doctorate research projects (6 months to 3 years)
    • Consultancy with full-time academics
    • Secondments from industry into the University
    • Secondments from the University into industry
    • Sponsorship of research centres
    • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

    In short, a form of collaboration suiting your company's needs will almost certainly be found. See some examples of our past collaborations.

  • What happens to the intellectual property?

    As with many industrial contracts, the terms of agreement are open to negotiation.   As such, the share of IP is typically reflected by the size of the contribution from the company. Other options include giving the company IP ownership for their own commercial sector, and the University maintains the IP in other sectors. To help aid this process, and the process of patenting and trademarking, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property team (UMIP) are always at hand to help with such matters.

  • Are there any government-backed schemes to support projects?

    There are many government supported schemes to support industry – university collaboration. The University of Manchester currently has several research council Impact Accelerator Accounts set up to support the translation of their funded research projects into application by industry.

    In addition, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has grants to foster research collaboration between companies and UK universities. The support will depend upon the form of collaboration, and the company itself. As such, it is best to contact us in advance and we can see what options are available.

    InnovateUK schemes include Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). The Government’s new Industry Strategy Challenge Fund has significantly increased the support for university and industry innovation, much of which will be administered by InnovateUK.

The Statistical Advisory Unit

The Statistical Advisory Unit

This group is run by the Probability and Statistics group with the aim of enhancing the research profile of the group in terms of outreach and income.
Employing our graduates

Employing our graduates

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