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Our collaboration managers are the first point of contact for businesses. They are here to help companies across a range of industry sectors to access expertise and facilities at the University.

You might be interested in finding a consultant, undertaking a joint research project or exploring ways to commercialise one of our research outputs. Or perhaps you are looking for specialist testing facilities. Whatever your needs, we can connect you with the right academics and specialists across the University.

Every business has its own requirements so we offer a bespoke service, working with you to find the right solution.  

Get in touch to discuss how we can help you to enhance your business. Select a link below to jump to contact details for the collaboration manager for your sector.  

Aerospace Infrastructure
Bioengineering, biomedicine
and bioscience
Electronics, photonics,
nanoscience and quantum technologies
Marine and maritime
Health and pharmaceutical Sustainability and environment
Information and communications

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Our collaboration managers

Chris Lord, Head of External Relations
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4136

Chris Lord is the Head of the External Relations team within Research and Innovation Services. Over 40% of the University’s research programs include a collaborative partner and Chris has responsibility for nurturing and expanding existing partnerships as well as building relationships with new corporate partners.

Roger Gardner, Collaboration Manager – Aerospace
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 3752

Roger Gardner is the first point of contact for the aerospace and defence industries. Our research in this area includes high-technology engineering, manufacturing, design, intelligent and autonomous systems across commercial aviation, space, defence and aerodynamic vehicles. University partners in this sector include 13 of the top 20 global aerospace companies.

Alexandra Mant, Collaboration Manager – Institute for Life Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4441

Alexandra can advise on opportunities and contacts within the Institute for Life Sciences. The Institute facilitates research across bioengineering, biomedicine and bioscience in order to broaden scientific opportunities and address key issues in health, society and enterprise.

Tom Carr, Collaboration Manager – Zepler Institute
Tel: +44 (0)7733 314602

The Zepler Institute is a multidisciplinary research centre for electronics, photonics, nanoscience and quantum technologies. Contact Tom to discuss your research or consultancy requirements in these areas.

Brigitte Lavoie, Collaboration Manager – Health and Pharma
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3894

Covering a range of research areas, from molecular diagnostics, therapeutics and immunology to patient care, our health and pharma research includes interdisciplinary life sciences bioengineering and social health research.

Carol Watts, Collaboration Manager – Infrastructure
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8849

We define infrastructure as the facilities, systems, sites and networks necessary for the functioning of the country and the delivery of essential services. This includes the communications, emergency services, energy, financial services, food, government, health, transport and water sectors.

Jackie Milne, Collaboration Manager – Interdisciplinary Research and ITC
Tel: +44 (0)7776 346497

Interdisciplinary research draws together researchers from across the University, combining our expertise in engineering, social sciences, biological and physical sciences, medicine and health technologies as well as law, management and art to tackle issues faced by industry and society.

Jackie Milne is also the contact point for companies interested in our information and communications technology (ICT) expertise, including software, hardware and the process by which information is exchanged between physical and virtual systems.

Simon Gerrard, Collaboration Manager – Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8708

The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute is a unique, internationally recognised centre of excellence where experts from all disciplines come together to tackle global maritime challenges.

Nikki Matthews, Collaboration Manager – Sustainability and Environment
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8340

Nikki can advise on opportunities relating to the human, natural and built environment.

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