Vice-Chancellor speaking to students

Research and innovation services

Director: Alan Welby

Image of Alan Welby We support the delivery of research and knowledge transfer activities by our staff and students across the University in collaboration with our external partners.

We have three distinct teams who work collaboratively to ensure that the University community has the best available professional advice to develop innovative work.

The Research Excellence Framework Team aims to achieve the research objectives of the University with respect to research excellence, including managing the University’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The team supports LJMU researchers in a number of ways, developing capability around the demonstration and recording of the broader impact of research, and in making research outputs publically accessible. 

The Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Team is a single point of contact for external organisations to access LJMU. 

The Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team is a dedicated team operating as ‘gateway’ to identify, secure and broker routes of engagement between internal and external stakeholders. The primary aim of the team is promote, encourage and facilitate knowledge exchange and transfer activities and maximise the return of this engagement whether reputational, financial or social. Commercialisation is the process or cycle of introducing a new product or production method into the market. Many technologies begin in the laboratory, born out of the Research base of the University, are not practical/ready for commercial use. Through this activity the following routes of engagement are common for external stakeholders: Proof of concept research and development Technology transfer collaboration; Licensing technologies Joint ventures; Investment; spin outs.

Grants Policy and Projects: We are here to help University Staff, and where appropriate, external collaborators and partners identify sources of external grant funding and write compelling and successful funding applications and bids.