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Developing partnerships


The University has an impressive range of existing partnerships worldwide. Our Global Partnerships team supports existing strategic partnerships and leads on the development of new institutional partnerships. This work is also supported by our overseas offices in Singapore and Beijing, as well as a number of other teams within the professional services.

For example, recognising the important role that our alumni, exchange students and employers play in the success of our partnerships, we work with colleagues in our Study Abroad, Student Careers & Skills and Alumni Engagement teams to ensure that we coordinate our approach to developing partnerships. We also work with colleagues in Research and Impact Services to provide information on funding opportunities to support research and education partnerships. Finally, we coordinate incoming visits from overseas insitutions and organise regular working group meetings with academic colleagues to inform the University’s strategic decision-making around partnership development.

In short, we support academic colleagues to develop new partnerships by:

  • Scoping new opportunities for international partnerships and projects
  • Informing strategic decision-making
  • Providing project and relationship management for established international partnerships
  • Coordinating and providing briefings and follow-up support for incoming and outgoing visits with key international stakeholders
  • Developing frameworks and best practice for the management of international partnerships
  • Managing internal funds to promote and pump-prime international collaboration
  • Providing market intelligence on external funding for international partnerships

Finally, the team also works closely with a range of external key stakeholders, including:

  • Overseas universities and research institutes
  • Overseas governments and their UK embassies
  • UK embassies and government representatives overseas (including Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment)
  • Universities UK International
  • British Council
  • UK government departments (including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for International Development)