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Our research strives to bring about positive and sustainable changes to society and the economy, and our academic community work with external business, government bodies and other organisations to do this. We develop new knowledge, technologies and innovative solutions with businesses and the wider community, and welcome the opportunity to work with external organisations. Our dedicated knowledge exchange team is part of the University’s Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) department. IIB supports collaborations between businesses and University researchers to:

  • Accelerate partner engagement, through brokering relationships and facilitating discussions;
  • Build a community of industrial and governmental connections;
  • Support the development of new knowledge, technologies and solutions for businesses;
  • Connect academics and businesses more effectively to;
  • Identify multidisciplinary opportunities and stimulating research questions.

Solar squared: clever solar technology

Professor Tapas Mallick, Dr Hasan Baig and Jim Williams have created streamlined solar technology that fits neatly into glass blocks.

Volunteer-run cooperative Rame Renewable Energy (RRE) secured £40,000 for a number of research projects and reports after receiving assistance from the University of Exeter.

Professor Juliet Osborne and her team use biologically realistic simulations of bee colonies to assess the effects of multiple 'stressors'.

Bringing nature into Cornish towns

Researchers at the ESI have been working closely with Cornwall Council on the Green Infrastructure for Growth project and now the Making Space for Nature project, both part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.