How we work with industry
As a modern civic university, LJMU is delivering solutions to overcome the challenges of the 21st Century. Here are just some ways the Faculty of Engineering and Technology are supporting this objective.
The Faculty of Engineering and Technology's collaboration with local, national and international industrial partners is critical in fulfilling the University’s core mission to serve “its people and communities, at home and further afield; enriching the lives of those they work with and acting as an anchor institution in the City of Liverpool”.
The Faculty of Engineering and Technology has set up a dedicated departmental resource as part of LJMU's strategy and mission. Part-funded by the European Structural Investment Fund, its focus is to play a unique role in fusing industry and academia together to promote value-added engagement and help strengthen the culture of innovation within the University and the Liverpool City Region.
The projects contained within the Faculty bridge across a number of technology areas, such as fourth industrial revolution, low carbon technologies, creative and digital, and maritime skills. The projects may differ in their subject specialities, however they all unite in their industry-focused approach of helping industry solve their everyday challenges - transferring cutting edge technologies and know-how from LJMU’s highly experienced academics to the businesses they support. This valuable knowledge transfer mechanism enables both the business and academics to benefit, feeding directly into enhancing the student experience through promoting a progressive entrepreneurial spirit.
Clean Growth UK - we're driving clean and green business innovation
Clean Growth UK catalyses clean and green innovation through access to university expertise and facilities, commercialisation and investment support. We help businesses develop clean and green products, services and processes through access to expertise and facilities at our three regional university hubs.
LCR 4.0 START - supporting SME’s to start their digital journey
LCR 4.0 is seen as an exemplar project with regards to supporting the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies for SMEs in Liverpool City Region. The project was named by the Financial Times (Dec 2018) as one of top 100 digital champions in Europe.
Liverpool Immersive Experience Lab - we can help with your usability research
LIVE Lab provides cutting-edge facilities for the development and delivery of usability research through immersive, virtual, mixed and augmented reality technologies.
LoCal-I - working with businesses to create low carbon goods, processes and services
The Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Project (LoCal-i) supports the development of low carbon goods, processes and services, through innovative collaborative research with small and medium sized enterprises based in the Lancashire region.
LoCal-I provides businesses direct access to the latest student expertise and cutting edge facilities at Liverpool John Moores University. The R&D projects undertaken all have the common aim of identifying opportunities for low carbon development which ultimately brings about economic and environmental benefits for businesses and the wider community.
The collaborative projects delivered as a part of LoCal-I are done so through a range of interventions, which are undertaken by dedicated, graduate researchers. These include short, focused one-month projects and internships through to three-year R&D programmes.
The Project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered in partnership with Lancaster University and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory - creating a low carbon economy in the Liverpool City Region
The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) works with SMEs in Liverpool City Region from a variety of sectors and industries. From aluminium smelting to biotechnology; from maker spaces to safari parks, together we create innovative low carbon goods, processes and services. Our collaborative approach partners companies with leading university academics, researchers and students to make a real difference in their industry, in the region and across the world.
We work with local SMEs through focusing on their specific challenges and identify opportunities for them to benefit from low carbon development and support. This collaborative research and development approach brings benefits in profitability and strategic decision making for the businesses and economic and environmental benefits for the city region and beyond.
Eco-I NW - Supporting a low carbon economy and a green recovery in the North West
Eco-I North West offers businesses support to develop their ideas and innovations through their world class academic expertise and cutting-edge technology.
From collaborative research and development right through to delivering commercialisation strategies, Eco-I NW and Liverpool John Moores University can assist your business to realise the low-carbon potential in your products, processes and services.
Other ways we can work with you:
Access and facilities
As well as our expertise, it is also possible to gain access to a range of our world-leading facilities for training, innovation, research and development.
Engineering & manufacturing Laboratories
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships or KTPs, enables businesses to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership.
Here at LJMU we will help you recruit a suitable graduate, who is known as the Associate. Although the Associate will be employed by the University. They will work at your company for the duration of the project.
The scheme which is part grant funded by Innovate UK can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of your business.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology
You can find a couple examples of our previous KTP’s here:
And more information on the government funded scheme can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knowledge-transfer-partnerships-what-they-are-and-how-to-apply
If you would like to discuss how you can work with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology on a KTP please contact Professor Andy Ross, A.D.Ross@ljmu.ac.uk
Some of our past projects:
LCR Future Energy - with our support, grow or enter the renewable energy supply chain
LCR Future Energy is a £3.7 million programme designed to provide a package of flexible support services to help the Liverpool City Regions SMEs understand and meet the needs of the renewable energy supply chain.
LCR Future Energy will work with your business to identify opportunities to support your growth whether this is through entering the renewable energy supply chain or growing your current business offering within the market. As a partner, Liverpool John Moores University provide direct access to the latest researcher expertise and facilities. Enabling regional business to take advantage of the cutting-edge resources and knowledge available at the institution, giving a significant edge on the competition.
- Develop businesses engagement capacity and broker SME/OEM opportunities through a series of events, networking and workshops
- Procurement and supply chain advice for SMEs looking to enter renewable market supply chains
- Tendering and contractual support
- Independent technology, service and process validation
LCR 4.0 brings together world-class, practical support to transform Liverpool City Region businesses in the manufacturing space through digital innovation. The Faculty of Engineering and Technology at LJMU is one of the partner organisations that will deliver world-class services to industry through LCR 4.0. Working with the consortium, the dedicated business team will provide exposure to innovative technologies, access to the academic knowledge base and facilities to enable SMEs to increase their productivity.
We are able to offer bespoke support tailored to the needs of the client, ensuring a seamless journey across:
- Technical/innovation support: Industry 4.0 pillars, virtual prototyping, product development, testing and validation providing innovation solutions
- Business support: Innovation plans, funding/investment support, intellectual property advice, strategic support, business planning to help commercialise new products
- Skills: enhanced support, coaching/mentoring, sustainable skill retention, upskilling the workforce to provide capability
- Supply chain development: across sector such as automotive, aerospace, chemical food to provide demonstrators for SME solutions
Maritime Super Skills
The Maritime SuperSkills project offers local employers in the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to upskill their workforce and invest in their future through the development of degree-level apprenticeship standards. The standards are linked to a set of key occupations of importance to regional growth. Partly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Maritime SuperSkills project is led by Liverpool John Moores University and supported by Mersey Maritime, Port Academy Liverpool at Hugh Baird College, Wirral Metropolitan College, The Engineering College and Northern Logistics Academy.
The project enables maritime-focused employers to come together in trailblazer groups to identify, map and develop degree-level apprenticeship standards for the maritime sector. Employers are increasingly seeing apprenticeships as the best way of recruiting and developing staff with the high level specialist skills necessary to grow their business. The costs of training and assessment are met by the employer in the case of levy-paying organisations and the government in the case of those below the threshold.
Businesses we've supported:
2D Heat Ltd
2R Engineering Ltd
3rd Eye Innovations
A & S McKay Ltd
Abatek Marine Ltd
Fatigue Management International
Florence Institute Trading Co Ltd
Food Medical Research CIC
FPI Northwest Ltd
Fusion 21 Ltd
FWD Freight Services
Northern Space Consortium
Ocean Chest OCF Data
Offshore Painting Services Ltd
Oil & Balm Limited