Working with business and industry
Enterprise is a vital part of our activity as a School. By engaging in enterprise activities we ensure that the research we conduct is cutting edge, impactful and relevant to the real world.
The School of Science has a strong tradition of industry engagement. The partnerships we build with external organisations strengthen the relevance of our teaching and our research. As a School, we work with industry in the following ways:
Student and graduate recruitment
Add fresh ideas, energy and skills to your organisation with a student placement or graduate recruitment. Whether you need someone long-term or for a specific project on a fixed-term contract, our high calibre students and graduates are consistently sought after by top employers.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)
As a department we can support you to develop the strategic growth of your business, with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project that provides appropriate research expertise and access to innovative ideas and skills.
Our professional and commercially-orientated consultancy service can team you up with our experts to help solve complex or time-critical challenges, enabling your organisation to remain competitive and progressive.
Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Parks (LUSEP) offer offices, workshop and laboratory space, and specialist analytical facilities, analytical instruments and expertise for business and industry, with excellent opportunities to engage with the University’s R&D base and graduate pool. Existing space ranges from "rent-a-desk" and to large units, and there are bespoke opportunities for design and build.
Enterprise case studies
Here is a selection of case studies from within the School of Science:
LGC, Developing advanced biometal imaging technology
LGC is an international life sciences measurement and testing company which provides reference materials, genomics solutions and analytical testing products and services, based on innovation and their own intellectual property.
Managing radioactive waste safely
Research conducted at Loughborough – one of the few centres in the UK capable of undertaking comprehensive studies in this area – underpins international policy governing radioactive waste management.
Pioneering fuel cell technology
Fuel cell technology research originated at Loughborough in 1988. During the intervening 25 years, the ground-breaking work has given rise to a new generation of clean power systems based on advanced fuel cell technology.
Improving civil preparedness for a CBRN incident in Europe
The University is leading a pan-European, interdisciplinary project, exploring ways to improve civil preparedness in the event of a catastrophic chemical, biological, radioactive, or nuclear (CBRN) incident in Europe.
Developing AI to enhance process plant safety
The work of Loughborough experts has revolutionised design check procedures in the process industries.
The nuclear, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and many other manufacturing industries rely heavily on intensive manual processes to identify errors or potential hazards in processing plant designs to prevent accidents from occuring.
Improving open access to research publications
The conventional publication method for scholarly and scientific journals is through printed subscription journals.
However, the increasing availability of electronic publishing combined with growing demand for ease of access by end-users is leading to the emergence of new models, including open access (OA) journals.
Research conducted at Loughborough has been a significant factor in the practical realisation of OA to scholarly publications at an international level.
PERFORMS – improving the diagnosis of breast cancer
Online self-assessment and training resource for breast screening radiologists
Developed by Loughborough’s Applied Vision Research Centre (AVRC) in collaboration with the NHS Breast Screening Programme, now part of Public Health England, PERFORMS is an online self-assessment and training resource for breast screening radiologists.
Transforming both wired and wireless technologies
Pioneering research – spanning almost 15 years – to develop Internet-based monitoring and control systems has transformed both wired and wireless technologies.
The work – integrating computer science and control engineering – has laid the foundations and best practice for the remote monitoring and control of both commercial and domestic systems, spanning industrial plant infrastructure to home energy efficiency.
Fault diagnosis in unmanned aerial vehicles
Fast and accurate decision making related to in-flight faults in unmanned aerial vehicles is essential if potentially catastrophic mission failure is to be avoided.
Fault Trees provide a diagrammatic description of the various causes of a specified system failure in terms of the failure of its components. Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) is used to predict the failure likelihood of complex safety critical engineering systems. However, FTA is such a computationally intensive method that for large-scale systems, approximations are required.
Predicting the occurrence and behaviour of large waves
Modelling oceanic waves to enhance marine and naval practices.
Large-amplitude internal solitary waves commonly occur in the interior of the ocean. Their associated currents impact marine platforms, shipping, underwater pipelines and submersibles. They also have a severe impact on acoustic signalling.
Research Rising Star – Sophie Batchelor
Understanding and improving children’s early numerical skills.
Research Fellow Dr Sophie Batchelor joined the University in 2011 to pursue her PhD, having completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Liverpool and her Master’s at The University of Nottingham.
Having trained in psychology, her research has increasingly focused on cognition with an emphasis on the development of young children’s numerical skills.
Improving the processing and performance of materials
New methods to better explain the behaviour of specialist materials.
Research conducted in the Department of Mathematical Sciences (2006-13) has led to an improved awareness and understanding in the areas of thin film growth and in irradiated structural materials for nuclear power through the development of two new methods.
Next generation noise control
A new generation of sound barrier with improved environmental benefits and reduced costs.
Research conducted at Loughborough since 2007 has led to a new generation of sound barrier which provides improved environmental benefits and reduced costs – in compliance with EU regulations.
Preserving world-famous heritage and art
Loughborough research has helped make laser cleaning a standard technique for conservators worldwide and has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of World Heritage sites such as the Acropolis at Athens and important works of art including pieces by Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein.