School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Working with Business & Government

Working with Business and Government

Our work is strongly connected with industrial and governmental partners.

A researcher working on one of our labs.

From influencing national policy and leading initiatives to improve innovation, to providing specialist technical services to commercial partners, our work is strongly connected with industrial and governmental partners. 

In Agriculture, highlights include our role in the CHAP and CIEL national agritech innovation centres, as well as our long-established work on Rural Economy including the Farm Business Survey and the Northern Rural Network. The work of Professor Sally Shortall, Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy, on behalf of the Scottish Government looking at the role of women in the rural economy recently made the headlines.

Spin out companies are a key feature of our industrial impact in Biology including  Biofresh LtdBioprofiles Ltd, and Geneius Laboratories Ltd.

In Chemistry, we provide scientific and technical services including X-Ray Crystallography and bespoke glassblowing.

We work closely with industry to ensure that our teaching and research is relevant and accessible to business. One way we do this is through our varied CPD programme that our Geosciences group contribute to, including courses in Aqueous Geochemistry and Contaminated Land.

From Marine Science, Prof Selina Stead is the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Marine Management Organisation. We offer a wide range of consultancy services as well as opportunity to charter our specialist Marine Science facilities.