Working with businesses and organisations

​​​​​CSAD believes that engagement with external businesses and organisations gives our staff and students an opportunity to learn, challenge themselves, and gain new experiences, whilst contributing to the wider community by sharing the results of world-leading research and technical expertise.

There are a number of ways that our staff can work with you - below are just a few examples:

Consultancy and sharing our expertise

Many of our staff work directly with organisations to help address specific challenges. Examples range from the creation of new products and services, developing processes to incorporate new working methods or technologies, establishing new groups and collectives, becoming board members or trustees, and analysing sector developments.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Projects bring together businesses with and the University, providing an opportunity for the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills to which the company partner currently has no access. Projects can either take place over 12 to 36 months or in a condensed 6-12 month format. They give business the opportunity to access to academics and their leading edge research that will help them address a clearly defined brief that will help with their business development.

For more information about KTP Projects with CSAD, please contact our CREATE Team by email on Alternatively, you can find more information by visiting our KTP pages​.

Advice to policy makers

Our staff support a range of policy makers from government funded organisations and professional bodies sharing their academic and practical expertise of the art and design sector.

Specialist advice

CSAD’s staff can provide expert advice and support in a very wide range of areas ranging from providing expert witnesses in legal cases in topics such as intellectual property to working with manufacturers, designers and architects, on product, packaging, architectural and sustainability designs, or judging prizes and competitions. For initial enquiries and to explore your needs further, please contact our CREATE Team by email on​.

Sharing Expertise

We can also source funding through initiatives to bring together experts in the field and staff to share their skills and knowledge for the mutual benefit of both partners and our students. For initial enquiries and to ​explore your needs further, please contact our CREATE Team by email on​.