Partners and collaborators

The Partnership Development Team match expertise and facilities with market need to deliver enterprise activity. We work together with partners, academics and researchers identifying the most appropriate framework for collaboration, funding and contractual terms.

We do this by working across the full spectrum of academic disciplines, from fundamental to applied research, in accordance with the key ambitions outlined in the University Strategy, most notably to grow and sustain ‘Outstanding partnerships to deliver social, economic and cultural prosperity.’

We can help you with

Partner development

  • Developing your network and providing related training
  • Brokering and managing the relationship, including negotiation
  • Scoping partner requirements and matching University expertise
  • Helping to identify the appropriate partner mechanism
  • Sourcing funding opportunities
  • Supporting contract negotiation

To find out more, please contact your School’s Partnership Development manager listed further down this page.

Your School’s Research Development Manager can help you build links with academic partners and identify and apply for research funding.

The Research Quality and Visibility Team can help you identify partners using SciVal and provide management information on key collaborators and strategic partners. Contact Lizzie Gadd or Jackie Green.

Increasing the impact of your work

  • Identifying the most appropriate partners to develop impact from research
  • Informing pathway to impact statements and providing related training
  • Managing terms with partners to ensure access to impact evidence

Knowledge exchange

  • Triaging opportunities to individual academics and research groups
  • Matching partnership objectives to funding initiatives
  • Analysing call requirements
  • Supporting bid development
  • Full project management support for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and Enterprise Project Group (EPG) activity
  • Costing, review and contract negotiation support for Innovate UK funded projects

External professional work

  • Developing the scope of work
  • Advising on pricing, terms and conditions of service
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Invoicing and payment

Loughborough University Enterprises Limited (LUEL) is the limited company through which external professional work (ie consultancy) is undertaken through the University.

Research and Enterprise Contracts

Further details of which teams can help you with your Research and Enterprise Contracts are available here.

Enterprise Project Group funding

Enterprise Project Group (EPG) funding is available to support academic staff, research staff and research students in creating impact from their work.

Meet the team

We hold regular Enterprise Clinics across campus as well as other enterprise-related events and initiatives. Visit the calendar to find out more – and to review Enterprise Funding Group deadlines and meetings.

Kathryn Burchell

Kathryn Burchell

Head of Partnership Development

All Schools

Isobel Ashford

Isobel Ashford

Partnership Development Manager


Katherine Blades

Dr Katherine Blades

Partnership Development Manager


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Anna Bullen

Partnership Development Associate

All Schools (Innovate UK and EPG funding)

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Kate Clement

Research Analyst

The iNet

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Benjamin Dobie

Partnership Development Manager


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Pauline Graham

Innovation Advisor

The iNet

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Sarah Helmore

Partnership Development Manager


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Dr Grahame Killey

Partnership Development Manager

The iNet

Catherine Louch

Catherine Louch

Partnership Development Manager


Kelly Manders

Dr Kelly Manders

Partnership Development Manager

Currently on secondment from this role

Fiona Reed

Dr Fiona Reed

Partnership Development Manager


Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders

Consultancy Contracts Manager

ABCE, MEME, SBE, Science and SSH

Carole Smith

Dr Carole Smith

Partnership Development Manager


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Dr Zoe Marshall-Jones

Partnership Development Associate (KTP)

All Schools

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Adele Wilkinson

Contract Manager

The iNet

Tom Foreman

Partnership Development Officer

All schools - Innovate UK funding