Collaboration with Industry

We are working with our industry partners and participants to explore equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues and to share best practice relevant to the EPS community. A range of workshops and shadowing opportunities are planned to allow academic staff from under-represented groups to develop their knowledge of industry, and to explore opportunities for research collaboration. A number of opportunities for academia and industry to work together will also be provided. We are working with early career researchers and junior academic staff so that they can liaise with industry, develop their networks and stimulate future research collaboration. We will provide a space to share and develop knowledge regarding positive EDI practices.

Before taking part, please ensure you have read our participant information sheets, by following the links below, and the IM Privacy notice Stage 1 Registration and baseline evaluation survey.

See Eligibility and Process for further detail.


Work Shadowing

This activity allows participants the opportunity to spend time within industry. This will enable them to develop their industrial awareness, explore opportunities for future Industry-University research collaborations, and to observe how EDI is supported within the workplace.

Participant Information Sheet for University Industry Partnership: Work Shadowing


Joint Event on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Engineering and Physical Sciences

This event is open to academic staff from participating universities and staff from our industrial partners. The event allows participants the opportunity to come together and explore why EDI matters for those working within universities and within industry. Event topics include; personal stories of progression, the impact of imposter syndrome, intersectionality, influencing policies, tackling macro aggression, the effect of privilege, and developing resilience.

Participant Information Sheet for University Industry Partnership: Joint Event on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within Engineering and Physical Sciences


Being Prepared for Business Workshops

This opportunity offers a series of connected workshops aimed at equipping academic participants with the skills and knowledge to be confident in approaching and collaborating with industry. The workshops also enable industrial partners to share discipline-specific challenges and gather insight from researchers in their field, with the aim of this forming the basis of more long-lasting collaborations that can fully address the industry challenges.

At these workshops participants will also develop other essential skills for Industry-University collaboration, such as building their personal brand, pitching and presenting skills, media preparation and confidence using the language of business. Representatives from Industry will also have the opportunity to hear more broadly what the Universities within the consortium can offer them to help them tackle their discipline challenges.

Participant Information Sheet for University Industry Partnership: Being Prepared for Business Workshops


What are the benefits of being involved for Academic Participants?

  • Exposure to current industrial challenges
  • Opportunity to network with others from the EPS community
  • Opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions around current EDI issues within this discipline
  • Focused time to explore opportunities for potential research collaborations

What are the benefits of being involved for Industrial Partners?

  • Opportunity to network with others from the EPS community
  • Opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions around current EDI issues within this discipline
  • Focused time to explore opportunities for potential research collaborations