Gateway to connect research excellence and industry

Sheffield Science GatewayExternal partners taking revolutionary research from the University of Sheffield and turning it into real-world technologies today will profit from a new science gateway, forging more exciting collaborations between experts and industry.

The team of specialists at the Sheffield Science Gateway (SSG) are bidding to build business partnerships between researchers in the University’s Faculty of Science and key players in industry, from global corporations, smaller enterprises, professional bodies and Government agencies, regionally, nationally and beyond.

SSG will help businesses with relevant expertise in their sector build relationships with researchers at the University and push the boundaries of their fields through research collaboration, consultancy, commercial support and opportunities for student placements. Most importantly, SSG will help industry and academia make an impact together.

Dr Jen Evans, Research Development Manager, SSG, said: “At the SSG we have an excellent track record of working with external partners because we believe that knowledge exchange is the most effective way to bring about beneficial change based on scientific insight. University-industry collaborations benefit both partners and generate solutions that help society at large. External agencies working with us can combine our knowledge, skills and expertise with their business objectives and transform ideas into new technologies, strategies, products and services.’’

Successful precedents of organisations partnering with experts from the University of Sheffield include the development of gels built into dressings for wounds to help clinicians more quickly detect and even prevent infections.

Professor Steve Rimmer, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, said: “The availability of these gels would help clinicians and wound care nurses to make rapid, informed decisions about wound management, and help reduce the overuse of antibiotics.”

The radical new technology is being developed by scientists at the University of Sheffield and businesses FaraPack Polymers, MicroLab Devices and global medical technology company Smith & Nephew, thanks to SSG.

From saving lives to energy saving ideas, successful partnerships are already leading to real benefits for communities across the world.

A collaboration with green roof supplier Boningale Ltd – to build scientifically engineered bespoke green roofs which are optimised for specific climate zones and different plants species – will ensure better results in the future.

Maggie Fennell, Green Roof Project Manager at Boningale Ltd, said: “This project is exciting for Boningale because it will provide reliable, scientific answers to questions that are very important to green roof designers and clients. It will enable us to establish our reputation as a leader by guiding the industry towards green roofs with much higher environmental performance, putting the expertise at the University into the hands of practitioners.”

Additional information

Sheffield Science Gateway

The Sheffield Science Gateway supports people in forging relationships, driving innovation and advancing science in collaboration with academic experts in Sheffield’s Faculty of Science. We work with multinationals, SMEs, professional bodies, the third sector and government agencies, regionally, nationally and globally and believe that knowledge exchange is the most effective way to find solutions to global issues.

The Sheffield Science Gateway is a team of trained scientists with business experience in a range of markets, well-integrated in industrial and academic networks. They are here to assist businesses in finding solutions to their problems by providing:
• Access to the relevant academic partner(s) and specialist facilities
• Detailed up to date information on funding sources and help in securing funding
• Access to intellectual property, specialist know-how and licensing opportunities
• Bespoke short courses and events to aid continued professional development and sector knowledge
• Access to high calibre students, through placements and graduate recruitment, and
• Connections to commercial research consortia addressing issues for your supply chain

By working with SGG, knowledge, skills and expertise can be combined with business objectives; transforming ideas into new technologies, strategies, products and services.

For further information on SSG, please see Sheffield Science Gateway or call +44 (0) 114 222 9 777.

University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 of the brightest students from 117 countries coming to learn alongside 1,209 of the world’s best academics, it is clear why the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading universities. Staff and students at Sheffield are committed to helping discover and understand the causes of things - and propose solutions that have the power to transform the world we live in.

A member of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007), recognising the outstanding contribution by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

One of the markers of a leading university is the quality of its alumni and Sheffield boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students. Its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, Siemens, Yorkshire Water and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad.


For further information please contact:
Amy Stone
Media Relations Officer
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 1046