Capturing knowledge and inspiring ambition, we are collaborating with businesses to develop practical solutions and insights to solve real business challenges. We work with corporate businesses, SMEs, start-ups, national and local policy-makers, government and the third sector. Opportunities to share knowledge inform our research and mean that we can provide insights to bring meaningful change to your business.

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Impactful business collaborations

We collaborate with businesses across three different dimensions:

Research collaboration

from digital economy and innovation through fintech and analytics, from organisational psychology through logistics and business modelling, businesses collaborate with our thought leading academics to push forward the boundaries of knowledge and practice.

Education collaboration

from MBA students with senior management experience through specialist postgraduate and doctoral students developing new knowledge to undergraduate students with fresh perspectives, businesses have found solutions to their market and organisational problems.

Commercial collaboration

from academics who want to turn their knowledge creation in products and services to businesses who want to tap into our expertise as they develop new products and services, exploiting commercial opportunities is one of the ways in which we stay rooted in the real-world.

Collaborate with us

There are 10 ways in which you can collaborate with Surrey Business School.

We create both bespoke and general programmes to support your business. We can help equip your teams with the knowledge to make sense of cutting-edge business issues in ways that that are fit for purpose, innovative and impactful.

Academics can support you by deploying their expertise to address the challenges that your business faces. Our MBA students undertake group consultancy projects as part of their learning, offering free consultancy and advice with the support of leading academics.

Academics can help you move forward by carrying out new research on your behalf. We can help you identify potential academic partners and funding opportunities to work with us.

By participating in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you can get direct access to the latest ideas in the academic world that can help your business identify, adopt, and incorporate new skills and the latest thinking. KTPs can be co-funded by Innovate UK.

You can access new talent through:

Our students can work with you at all stages of their degrees and can undertake projects individually or in groups, short-term or perhaps over a whole semester bringing a blend of experience and new perspectives.

Most of our students can undertake work placements either full-time or part-time. In addition, we can help your business solve problems through short-term consultancy placements (usually 3 weeks) and block placements (up to three months) with our PhD students.

The Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway (IKEEP) matches SMEs with teams of skilled students to help actualise innovative projects for businesses through a short-term placement. IKEEP is at no cost to the organisation.

By supporting students or their start-up companies, you can develop your relationship with Surrey Business School, raise awareness of your business among students and academics, and identify student talent for project work or employment.

You can access resources through:

Our Business and Economics Experiments lab can help your business carry out testing, analysis, simulation, and trials - either in partnership with us or with our expert technical support. We have new facilities and capabilities in VR/AR/XR which will be available in 2022.

We can help you develop new products, processes and services by licensing technologies from us.



Our students undertake placements with multinationals, SMEs, public sector and third sector organisations; across a wide range of sectors, roles and assignments.

Study with us

Being connected matters in a world that is experiencing the dramatic effect of globalisation. We make sure that while you are studying you are connecting to business and industry with an international perspective. The pace of change is quickening and our courses can help you keep up with this.

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Executive education

Our executive education works in collaboration with you to deliver tailored education that will inform effective organisational change.

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If you have any questions on how your business can work with us, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Adrian Shanks

Business Development Officer