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Exeter Innovation

Exeter Innovation

Exeter Innovation, ensures that the University of Exeter makes a difference in the world through our work with partners, be they industry, charities or government.

By translating ideas into action the University can make a real positive impact locally, nationally and internationally.

Exeter Innovation works with organisations to understand their needs and connect them to our world leading research, learning, expertise and facilities, enabling them to develop and co-create the solutions that they need.

Our offer spans skills and workforce development. Whilst through consultancy, collaborative and contract research, and access to our facilities we help partners large and small to formulate strategy and policy, develop new products and services and deliver change.

Chris Evans, Divisional Director of Exeter Innovation

About Exeter Innovation

EI works across the research, development, innovation and skills landscape by: driving impact – supporting academics to develop impact; connecting partners - helping build links with potential partners locally, nationally and globally; creating opportunities - helping to structure relationships and create opportunities for collaboration using national and regional funding; and, generating value – supporting income generation; such as IP licensing, spin-outs, consultancy, facilities access, training services and entrepreneurship across the University.

The Exeter Innovation division works with over 2000 businesses every year, generating over £100M in value (2022/23)

The Division has supported 2800 degree apprentices since 2016, working with over 450 employers to support their workforce skills needs

We are home to an award winning Knowledge Transfter Partnership team, who can bring world-beating expertise into your organisation

Team contacts

EI teams cover both the Exeter and Cornwall campuses. They are faculty facing and activity based, link here to find the person you need.


EI provides information, practical support and advice, programmes and funding to promote and deliver the University’s Knowledge Exchange activities. These include resources and programmes to support academics on their collaboration and/or entrepreneurial journey. View opportunities.


Find out the latest news, events and about KE projects in the KE Newsletter and the R&I Blog.