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Work with strategic partners

Our strategic partnerships generate joint research projects, access opportunities, and funding streams.

Find all the information on the 'strategic partnerships' page.

Working with IIB has helped us build some significant international links. Cecilia has done an amazing job organising conferences with me. She is so enthusiastic and committed and feedback on the day has been very, very positive about the conference and Cecilia. This gave a very positive message about the University of Exeter to delegates from more than 13 countries.

Professor Adrian Freeman, Professor of Medical Education, College of Medicine and Health

The IIB team makes the entire process of identifying and talking to companies, writing the proposals, and running the projects simple and easy, leaving me and the other engineers to tackle the technical problems.

Professor Chris Smith, Deputy Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering Maths and Physical Sciences

Connecting partners

Connecting partners

Connecting partners

Helping you to connect with partners

We can help you:

  • Gain market intelligence on needs and trends in particular sectors
  • Organise and run sector networks and workshops to get to know businesses
  • Identify and manage key contacts in business (we manage the University’s contacts database)
  • Manage strategic themes to develop long-lasting benefits with corporate partners
  • Engage regional partners and projects
  • Identify and link with international business partners
  • Find like-minded academic partners across the University

Connecting partners guidance

Regional Research, Development and Innovation Hubs
Engaging and influencing policy makers
Building partnerships with business and government
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Academic voice: Working with external partners

Connecting partners case studies

Partnership in Focus: Met Office

The University of Exeter works closely with the Met Office to tackle key challenges in weather and climate prediction as part of an in-depth Met Office Academic Partnership. Expertise for the partnership include:

  • Climate Impacts
  • Earth system modelling and processes
  • Mathematical formulation of Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction
  • Statistical modelling of weather and climate processes

Over 15 Joint, Shared and Honorary positions underpin the partnership. These include two Joint Chairs (employed by the University and part-funded by the Met Office), five shared appointments at Professorial level (employed by the University and the Met Office), and nine shared appointments with Exeter’s Global Systems Institute (GSI).


Partnership in focus: Babcock International

Since 2017, The University of Exeter have been working closely in partnership with Babcock, a leading provider of critical, complex engineering services which support national defence, save lives and protect communities. Babcock recruit many graduates and work with University of Exeter research groups in areas such as AI, machine learning and clean propulsion.