Partnerships and Programmes

The Partnerships and Programmes team provide integrated support for the University’s major Research and Enterprise programmes and partnerships. In addition to providing greater visibility within the institution the recently formed team will provide more comprehensive support for opportunities such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus (TQEC) which necessarily involve many of our strategic partners.

The team provide support for all major research and innovation-related programmes at Bristol as well as partner relationship management in support of these. They also provide support for all forms of external engager/business enquiry, support for the development and scaling up of major partnerships, and key account management for the University’s portfolio of strategic relationships.

Members of the Partnerships and Programmes team have a broad mix of commercial, university, government and not-for-profit experience, enabling them to work effectively across all sectors both regionally and nationally.  

A key tenet of our approach is coordination and teamworking across the entire university including all professional services divisions, faculties and spokes. In addition to working closely with senior management within the University and externally, the team will involve discipline experts as needed both internally and externally. While led from RED, the team has a broader remit than just Research and Enterprise – reflecting the interests of our partners – and will work with other colleagues to incorporate teaching, undergraduate engagement and graduate recruitment into relationships.


For partnership working, the team reports to the Strategic Alliances Review Board (SARB) which has representation from all Bristol faculties and key professional services divisions. The team work collaboratively with all faculties to provide a co-ordinated and integrated service for our partnerships and strategic relationships. This includes close working with the various Faculty liaison offices (ILO and PLN), business fellows and research institutes/groups. The team also share information and partner with Careers Services and the Development and Alumni Office.

As part of ongoing activities, the team has launched the Partnerships and Alliance portal. This is a one-stop shop to support all academics and professional service staff with partnership working. The portal is managed by the team and will be continuously updated to provide sector-leading best practice support for all staff at Bristol.


In terms of programme management and delivery, the team support major Research and Enterprise programmes and strategic initiatives, many of which involve relationships with external partners. Programme Managers have also been assigned to oversee the University’s engagement with the Industrial Strategy, with effort being allocated to University priority areas that align with IS Global Challenges and with ISCF opportunities that are emerging. The team are working with identified key academic colleagues to ensure UoB maximises its influence on, its engagement in, and its achievements from what the ISCF has to offer.