Our Partners

Lancaster University campus

University of Cumbria campus

The Cumbria Innovations Platform is a partnership between Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.

The University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria was formed in 2007 by the merger of St Martin’s College, Cumbria Institute of the Arts and University of Central Lancashire’s Cumbria sites, operating from campuses spread across Cumbria and North Lancashire. We may be a relatively new university, but we are steeped in history dating right the way back to 1822. The university is continuing to grow, expanding in geographical terms as well as academic scope.

Supporting business, enterprise and growth

We are proud that as one of UK’s newest universities, we have already been recognised for the commitment and strength of our broad range of programmes supporting business, enterprise and growth to large organisations and SMEs.

Our Expertise

Within the University there is wide ranging expertise to support innovation. Within the Sciences we have substantial expertise in forestry, conservation, outdoor studies and the environment, together with chemistry, biology, biomedical and forensic specialisms.

Related to health and sport, our knowledgebase is wide ranging from sport science, radiography and medical imaging to nursing and paramedic science, and physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social care. Our experience within business and social sciences and extends to policing, law and criminology together with the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability.

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is among the best in the UK and is established as a world player in research, teaching and business engagement and enterprise. Top 10 in three major national league tables, we’re also highly ranked in international league tables such as the QS World Rankings. We have been named International University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.The University is now the leading UK higher education institution for economic development regeneration according to the 2014-15 Higher Education Business and Communities Interaction Survey.

The University is relentless in its quest to engage with, and develop, external businesses and organisations coupling such work to its core academic excellence. We have an international outlook, but also work closely with our partners nationally and across the Northwest of England. Our strong commitment to engaging with industry has helped thousands of northern businesses grow and cements the University’s position as a key economic anchor institution for the Northern Powerhouse.

Our Expertise

Within the University there is considerable expertise to support innovation that compliments the University of Cumbria’s expertise.

Our research is rated world leading according to the Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the quality and impact of research by UK universities. Within Science and Technology our Partnerships and Business Engagement Team focuses on three areas of expertise to help organisations tap into our diverse skills set.

Lancaster University Management School is a quadruple-accredited, world-ranked management school, with the passion for ideas you would expect from one of the UK’s top business schools.

Our Faculty of Health and Medicine offer a unique blend of biomedical, medical and social science expertise and has strong links with the NHS, with our new Health Innovation Campus acting as a focal point for working with small businesses, social enterprises, and charities in Lancashire to re-imagine health and wellbeing solutions for the future.

Finally, our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a dynamic and creative community of enquiry, learning and engagement.

Benefits of the Cumbria Innovations Platform

  • Reduce the risk of research and development
  • Speed up innovation
  • Support the development and commercialisation of new products
  • Accelerate growth in innovative Cumbrian businesses


Contact us

If you have any question or want to speak to one of our team, please email or call:

James Livsey+44 (0)1524 510332 to find out more about digital product development

Jane Hunter +44 (0)1524 593 632 to find out more about the Innovation Catalyst

Sarah Allison+44 (0)1228 888 733 or to find out more about our innovation masterclasses & events, innovation coaching and student research placements

Chris Lambert+44 7814 076610 to find out more about the scientific facilities on offer

We look forward to talking to you.