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Academic Institutes

Academic Institutes are a vital resource for business today. They are able to provide unique expertise and specialist knowledge to companies who need support to deliver research and innovation projects. For the Academic Institutes involved in the partnerships they are engaging in real-world problems and are able to develop relevant teaching and research material to bring back into academia from their experiences.

Other benefits include for the Academic partners include the opportunity to develop spin-out projects, publish research papers for journals and conferences, gain access to a source of funding for the research purposes, and improve the links and knowledge between the academic and industrial/business worlds. Its is an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact for the SMEs involved.

Lead Academics can receive up 28 days costs to help to deliver the 12-month project with the business and a Project Manager, travel and subsistence support, and the opportunity to work on a cross border basis with innovative and progressive SMEs.

Academic Expertise Available

CAFRE (Loughry Campus) Food

The primary objective of the Loughry Campus at CAFRE is to develop the competence of workers entering and working within the food processing and supply industry through education, training, and knowledge and technology programmes. Loughry offers a range of courses in Food Technology, Food Supply Management, Communications and Packaging Technology.

North West Regional College Engineering, ICT

North West Regional College is a leading provider of Further and Higher Education and skills training. The College’s three main campuses in Londonderry, Limavady, and Strabane boast modern and industry-standard learning environments, at which over 20,000 students achieve their personal educational goals, through full and part-time study every year.


Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering offers an exciting range of programmes that place special emphasis on providing practical experience and application of engineering fundamentals, while covering the more advanced theoretical aspects of the subject. It aims to strengthen the interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching and developing practical skills.

Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering provides an opportunity to develop research and educational programmes across the interface between two disciplines that are traditionally viewed as separate and distinct. The primary objective of the school is to develop ground-breaking research at the interfaces between chemistry, chemical engineering and allied disciplines.

Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Computer Science

The School of Computer Science has over 20 academic staff and another 25 research and programming programming staff. Research is mainly in the fields of formal aspects of software engineering, parallel and novel computing architectures (including databases and speech processing) and artificial intelligence (including databases and speech processing). In these, the School enjoys an enviable international reputation and has published many widely used books.

Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queens University Belfast, was rated as one of the top 10 Mechanical Engineering Schools in the 2008 RAE with 65% of its research deemed to be internationally excellent. Within the school is the Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI), which was established through a joint Initiative with the School of Pharmacy. The MPRI is dedicated to high technology R&D for health care industries in respect of medical materials and devices.

Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy is a dynamic and multidisciplinary institution that has recently undergone a dramatic and unprecedented expansion in terms of both staffing levels and research activities are now housed in a new £3.5m, state of the art McClay Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences; a purpose-built research facility opened in January 2002 that accommodates extensive materials science, synthetic chemistry and drug delivery laboratories.

Queens University, Belfast (QUB) The School of Planning, Arch. and Civil Engineering

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queens University Belfast embraces a range of disciplines associated with construction and the environment (both built and natural). The new School brings together over 50 professors and lecturers to deliver exciting new interdisciplinary research and education programmes.

Queens University, Belfast (NITC) The Technology Centre (NITC)

The Technology Centre (NITC) is one of the primary links with industry at Queen’s University Belfast. Its staff of professional mechanical, electrical and civil engineers are involved in the transfer of best practice in design, construction and manufacturing technologies to help strengthen the competitiveness of all sectors of industry.

Queens University, Belfast (PPRC) The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC)

Queens University is regarded as the one of the world’s leading research facilities in polymer processing with expertise in multilayer extrusion, stretch blow moulding, thermoforming and rotational moulding. The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) has an international reputation for high quality research coupled with practical relevance. The Centre provides state of the art extrusion and analysis facilities based on full-scale industrial equipment enabling direct correlation with results obtained by commercial processors and material / equipment suppliers.

Queens University, Belfast (QUESTOR) The Questor Centre

The QUESTOR Centre is an industry-university research co-operative centre which carries out an environmental research programme on behalf of 22 industrial members. The majority of members are large companies based in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. However, as part of a commitment to local industry the centre has set up a technology transfer unit (The Applied Technology Unit) to work closely with SME’s. This unit has worked for 6 years and has very experienced multi-disciplined staff employed on a full time basis.

Queens University Belfast (CPP)The Centre for Plasma Physics

The Centre for Plasma Physics (CPP) at Queens University Belfast works to advance understanding of ionised matter research by developing and responding to major contemporary issues within plasma physics and atomic and molecular physics.

Queens University Belfast (EERC)The EERC Centre

The EERC, one of 3 research clusters within The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE), is inherently interdisciplinary with staff backgrounds in Civil Engineering and Environmental/ Earth Science providing engineering approaches to key environmental and sustainability issues. Two overarching themes drive research in this centre, Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) and Subsurface Systems & Engineering (SSE). The centre is also closely affiliated with the University wide Institute for a Sustainable World (ISW).


Southern Regional College Engineering

The School of Engineering, Applied Science & Built Environment offers a wide range of higher and professional qualifications designed to meet the needs of industry. The School has invested heavily over the last few years in industry standard equipment in areas of PLCs, Pneumatics, Rapid Prototyping and Laboratory Sciences to service consultancy and training needs of local business. A strategic priority in the SRC’s development plan is to support local economic development, particularly SME/micro business through provision of bespoke training, consultancy, research and development initiatives which champion innovation and entrepreneurship.

Southern Regional College School of Computing and Multimedia

A strategic priority for Southern Regional College is to support local economic development particularly SME/micro business through the provision of bespoke training, consultancy, research and development initiatives, which champion innovation and partnership. The School of Computing and Multimedia holds a Centre of Excellence award within the Northern Ireland FE Sector and offers a wide range of higher and professional qualification designed to meet the needs of industry. New developments within the school include research into Open Source software leading to a dedicated Open Source Solution Centre that supports industry on an all island basis.


University of Ulster (Belfast) School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queens University Belfast, was rated as one of the top 10 Mechanical Engineering Schools in the 2008 RAE with 65% of its research deemed to be internationally excellent. Within the school is the Medical Polymers Research Institute (MPRI), which was established through a joint Initiative with the School of Pharmacy. The MPRI is dedicated to high technology R&D for health care industries in respect of medical materials and devices.

University of Ulster, Belfast The School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design at University of Ulster, Belfast campus has produced creative solutions in relation to Design Visual Communications expertise for a number of reputable companies nationally and internationally. Currently the School delivers graduate and post graduate programmes which promote the importance and effectiveness of considered design methodologies.

University of Ulster (Coleraine) NI Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)

Human nutrition research at the University of Ulster is centred in the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE), a centre of excellence set up with EU structural funds in 1996 to provide greater understanding of diet related health issues. NICHE has 20 academic, 5 technical, 6 support staff and 9 research staff, as well as 29 postgraduate research students.

University of Ulster (Coleraine) The School of Biomedical Sciences

The School of Biomedical Sciences at University of Ulster, Coleraine educates undergraduates and postgraduates in the critical application of science; facilitates training for healthcare, scientific and technical professions; supports continuing professional development; contributes to knowledge through excellence in research on human health and disease and related areas and also contributes to social and economic development through technology and knowledge transfer.

University of Ulster (Coleraine) The Dept. of Business, Retail and Financial Services

The Department of Business, Retail and Financial Services at University of Ulster, Coleraine, offers courses combining core areas of business studies with other specialist subjects. The standard of teaching has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency. The Department is strongly engaged with local and international businesses helping to inform course development through industry liaison and collaborative activities helping to promote knowledge transfer.

University of Ulster (Jordanstown) School of Computing and Mathematics

The School of Computing and Mathematics at University of Ulster, Jordanstown offers a broad range of teaching, research and knowledge transfer in computing, software engineering and mathematics. It strives to strengthen its interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching with an emphasis on developing practical skills.

University of Ulster (Jordanstown) School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at University of Ulster, Jordanstown offers an exciting range of programmes that place special emphasis on providing practical experience and application of engineering fundamentals, while covering the more advanced theoretical aspects of the subject. It aims to strengthen its interaction with industry, by advancing knowledge technology transfer through activities like strong vocational teaching and developing practical skills.

University of Ulster (Jordanstown) School of the Built Environment

The Centre for Sustainable Technologies based at the School of the Built Environment at University of Ulster, Jordanstown undertakes multidisciplinary research to design, create, develop, improve, demonstrate and evaluate emerging, existing and alternative sustainable renewable energy, building design, construction materials, transport and environmental modification technologies.

University of Ulster (Jordanstown) Department of Mktg, Entrepreneurship & Strategy

The Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Strategy at University of Ulster, Jordanstown is at the forefront of current thinking in its three areas. The Department’s research is recognised nationally and internationally for its excellence and courses and modules offered are contemporary, challenging and highly regarded. Practical involvement with businesses is a distinctive strength, with over £1M of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to its credit. This involvement ensures that staff are close to the Department’s marketplace and its teaching and research are highly relevant.

University of Ulster (Magee) Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ulster has close relationships with local industry, professionals and the community. The School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at the Magee Campus, has a focus on teaching and research in computer and electronic systems. It offers the highest quality education, pure and applied research and technology transfer through rich partnerships with people and organizations.

University of Ulster (Magee) School of Creative Arts

The formation of the School of Creative Arts is an exciting development for the University of Ulster and in particular, the Magee Campus. The resources provided for the delivery of programmes and advancement of learning are of an exceptionally high standard. The excellence of teaching has been confirmed by high scores achieved in subject reviews, success in gaining funding for major innovative projects, and the award of a highly prestigious National Teaching Fellowship to one of the staff.


South West College

The South West College is one of the recently formed Colleges of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland covering the geographical area of counties Tyrone and Fermanagh. The core business of the College continues to be the delivery of vocational education and “Training for Success” curriculum to post-16 learners and trainees. The College also offers a range of Degree level courses and has been expanding its Higher Education provision through the delivery of a range of undergraduate programmes such as Foundation Degrees.


Institute of Technology Sligo

IT Sligo was founded in 1970 and is governed by the Institutes of Technology Acts 1994-2006. There are three schools within the Institute, Business and Humanities; Engineering; and Science. Qualifications are awarded by IT Sligo and the Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC). We offer a range of programmes leading to qualifications within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These include major awards at NFQ levels 6-10; minor, special purpose awards at NFQ levels 6-10; and Craft, Phase 4 and Phase 6.


Dundalk IT The School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at DKIT has a core strategic aim to integrate with local and international industry and business. The Department of Electronic & Mechanical Engineering enables graduates to combine fundamental principles of engineering technology with knowhow to solve real world problems using electrical, mechanical and electronic devices as appropriate.

Dundalk IT The Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC)

Established in 2001, the Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC) has as its core mission to engage in sectorally-significant research in selected software technology areas. Research is focused on:

  • Software Quality Engineering
  • Spreadsheet Engineering
  • Systems for Ambient Assisted Living
  • Knowledge Engineering & Human Computer Interaction

Dundalk IT The Department of Computing and Mathematics

The Department of Computing and Mathematics offers courses in all traditional aspects of computing with themes ranging from software development to networking, as well as information technology support and management. We also offer courses in gaming technology and other aspects of interactive media, as well as supporting many courses throughout the Institute. Our courses attract a diverse set of people and are offered at various levels with entry points to suit all students.


Letterkenny IT Engineering

Letterkenny Institute of Technology was founded in 1971. It plays an active role in stimulating economic activities and strengthening existing enterprises in the region through the development of consultancy, research and training services. The School of Engineering facilitates and encourages involvement by its staff in research and development work. The research and development work add to the standard of educational training given to the students and has an important role in staff development and life-long learning.

Letterkenny IT Department of Computing

The Department of Computing at Letterkenny IT has approximately 650 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying on a wide range of general and specialised computing courses. Specialisms range across Games Development, Computer Security, Cloud Technologies, Big Data Analytics and Systems Design and Development. We specialise in applied or close to market research and development and we have a long good record with successful Fusion projects. Staff expertise covers most of the main technology areas from web and mobile to all major aspects of security, cloud, games development, digital watermarking, indoor positioning systems, intelligent systems, applications design and development, data storage, business intelligence and data analytics. If you are working in any of these areas we would be happy to discuss opportunities for collaboration.


St Angela’s Food Centre Food

St Angela’s Food Centre is committed to delivering streams of innovative and cost competitive product offerings on a contract basis for its clients. It provides short training courses for food industry staff in the areas of food quality, food safety, food preservation, food technology, HACCP, food labelling and new product development. Design and information services are used for new food products, including concept and market testing. The centre also offers recipe development services and prototype testing of new and existing food products.


University of Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and Islands is the United Kingdom’s leading integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. The academic structure of the university is built around two faculties: arts, humanities and business and science, health and engineering. Subject networks within the faculty of arts, humanities and business are:
•Creative and cultural industries
•Humanities, education and Gaelic
•Business, management and leisure

Subject networks within the faculty of science, health and engineering are:
•Engineering and the built environment
•Science, technology and the environment
•Applied life studies


University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is organised for learning, teaching and research into five faculties, each of which comprises multiple departments, institutes and centres. Areas of expertise include aquaculture, environment, publishing, marketing and health and social care.


University of West of Scotland

UWS is Scotland's largest modern university, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. We aim to be an innovative provider of accessible higher education across the West of Scotland - an inspiring place to study and a rewarding place to work.

We have an earnest commitment to industry. Our goal is to work in partnership with willing businesses to make them more successful and to contribute to achieving a stronger economy for Scotland. In industry collaborations we compare favourably with other institutions and are one of the most active Universities in Scotland for Knowledge Transfer activity.

As recognition of our strength in this area we have received awards at UK level, but more importantly we have positively affected many organisations through developing new processes, systems, strategies and marketing plans.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is a world-changing university. It is our mission to bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students to discover and share knowledge that can change the world. We share our knowledge, technologies and expertise with companies around the world. We help companies by preparing our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. We help businesses shape their future by providing the intelligence they need to capitalise on opportunities and address challenges.
Our research partnerships bridge the gap between industry and academic knowledge. Our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship encourages ventures and partnerships to move ahead and change the world.
University of Glasgow College research has particular strengths in arts, Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, Science and Engineering Social Sciences


SRUC

Scotland's Rural College exists to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services will be of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy-makers.


Dumfries and Galloway College

The College's approach to learning is a reflection of the rural locality, the local economy and the changing patterns of lifestyles. As a major employer and a dynamic rural learning institution, the 'digital' revolution has been strongly embraced by us and its many forms are fast becoming the basis of our organisations operations and academic delivery.

Although the College has two campuses and many learning centre partnerships across the Region, we are a College without walls - creating flexible learning approaches to suit everyone. This means learning opportunities are varied and abundant - from full-time courses to flexible part-time courses, from learning in College to learning at home, work or the top of The Merrick (local fell walking landmark) or beyond.


Ayrshire College

Ayrshire college has distinctive strengths including aerospace, construction, engineering & science, Business, IT, sports, fitness & social sciences, social care, creative industries.

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