Working with industry

University of Sheffield business research partners include world leaders in industry, such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing, E.ON, Corus, Jaguar, Messier Dowty and Siemens, to name just a few.

We also carry out important work with government and other organisations both in the UK and worldwide.

With research income of over £100M p.a and expertise across a broad field of subject areas, we are an ideal partner. Over the past few years we have collaborated with over 2,000 organisations keen to harness our expertise, technology, and insight. These have ranged from some of the world's largest corporations to smaller regional companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Why businesses choose to work with us

  • Our proven track record with a wide range of organisations.
  • World-class research expertise, from pure, blue-sky thinking to applied research.
  • Access to the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities of our research groups

More about our energy research facilities


Contribute to E-Futures

We would like to offer organisations the opportunity to be involved in E-Futures and you can do so in the following ways:

1. Giving specialist lectures: We would be happy to accept visiting speakers to lecture on specialist topics not covered by our programme. This will provide industrially relevant input into the training.

2. Accepting site visits: to give students an appreciation of a wide spectrum of energy-related issues

3. Mini-projects: students can spend up to 4 months working on a mini-project relevant to your company, providing you are willing to cover travel & consumables costs. Past projects have delivered tangible benefits to companies including:

  • a report outlining the potential benefits of using sustainably sourced biomass to produce energy via anaerobic digestion;
  • a lifecycle analysis for a new insulation material, identifying in the procurement chain ways to reduce the carbon emissions (and therefore cost) of this product;
  • a study which demonstrated an alternative method of construction may reduce the heating load for a building by 50%, thereby helping the company market their technology;
  • an energy audit that identified potential energy savings of over £20k in heating and lighting bills for a company;
  • a new residential energy saving device that is now being marketed by a company

Examples of current and past mini-projects

4. Industrial sponsorship: you can co-sponsor a student to carry out research relevant to your organisation, providing that the project includes sufficient novelty to ensure the award of a PhD upon completion. Current PhD projects are listed here

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