Date of release: Friday, March 5, 2010

A1791-University-of-Greenwich-showcases-business-supportThe University of Greenwich is one of the top modern universities in the country for the research and consultancy support it gives to local, national and international businesses, according to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Now the university’s business support team at Greenwich Research & Enterprise has launched a new website to showcase its services. The university has campuses at Greenwich, Avery Hill and Chatham Maritime, in Medway.

The website, which can be accessed directly at enterprise.gre.ac.uk, outlines the wide range of support available to both small and large companies across numerous sectors.

The website features detailed case studies describing recent research and consultancy projects. These range from the rapid prototyping of new products, IT consultancy and computer modelling, tackling bulk solids handling issues and sustainable agriculture solutions to extending the shelf life of fudge.

The web pages also describe the range of short courses available specifically tailored to meet the needs of people working in individual companies or sectors to upgrade their skills or as part of their continuing professional development.

“We have state-of-the-art facilities at our three campuses at Greenwich, Avery Hill and Medway and a wealth of expertise,” said Dr Martin Davies, Director of Greenwich Research & Enterprise.

“Many international and large companies such as Lafarge, Pfizer and Rolls -Royce come to us regularly with the challenges they are trying to solve or to make use of specialist equipment.

“We also offer services to smaller and regional businesses. We are a vast resource on their doorstep. The diverse services on offer cover areas such as architecture and construction, health and social care, education, engineering, science and scientific testing, natural resources, business process problems and IT challenges.

“Our experience in finding solutions for businesses helps companies acquire a competitive edge for their services or products. We can also help access funding from a range of sources including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

“Often the challenges individual businesses are facing are complex requiring solutions from several areas of expertise. Each of our subject areas across our ten schools has its own business development manager working directly with the Greenwich Research & Enterprise team.

“A business may start working with us alongside experts from our School of Engineering. If it then becomes clear that they also need assistance from the Business School team, with IT development, in our Analytical Services Laboratory or with our TV studio, it is simple to access support from specialists across the university.”

Delphi Diesel Systems Technical Centre, in Gillingham, regularly uses rapid prototyping services from the University of Greenwich.

Paul Charman, centre manager, said: “The availability of a local centre where we can develop models of new components in a few hours is a significant advantage and has allowed us to shorten our own lead times. We have used models produced by Greenwich to make aluminium castings for our prototype pumps and these are now on test vehicles located throughout Europe."

Meanwhile aircraft designers, architects and Fire & Rescue Services have turned to the university’s award-winning Fire Safety Engineering Group for assistance.

The group uses computer modeling combined with a deep understanding of construction and human behaviours to develop safer designs and evacuation procedures.

The team worked on the evacuation procedures for the Millennium Dome and sporting venues for the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games and is prepared to assist with developments at the London Games in 2012.

While many companies are able to send staff on professional development courses at the university campuses in such fields as food quality and standards, and complementary therapies, others prefer to boost their training programmes via e-learning. The university has developed more than 40 specifically tailored e-learning projects to meet the needs of businesses.

To find out more about business support available through the University of Greenwich visit: enterprise.gre.ac.uk, call: 020 8331 7867 or email: enterprise@gre.ac.uk

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1 HEFCE : Publications : 2009 : 2009/23 : Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction Survey: 2007-08

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