The University of Cambridge manages many mutually-successful strategic relationships with leading corporations around the world. Our corporate partners benefit not only through their access to world-class research, but through our professional management of our long-term relationships with them. Some of these relationships have been in place for many decades.
Our relationships with our corporate partners are managed through the University's Business Relations Office. Each company is assigned a specific individual manager, who liaises with the company's nominated contact to ensure the smooth running of the relationship on a day to day basis. Strategically, the relationship is overseen by a nominated academic champion (a Pro Vice Chancellor or their nominee) and the senior company contact (usually the CTO or equivalent). These individuals manage the relationship between our organisations; the management of individual research programmes, for example, remains with the University's Principal Investigators and their company contacts. To facilitate close working between our organisations, many of our corporate partners second staff here – to the local area, to some of our shared facilities or even within our laboratories – or establish their own laboratories embedded within the University.
Most of our corporate partners choose to have an over-arching Framework Agreement with us. This enables activities such as collaborative research programmes to be initiated very rapidly. Where there are substantial groups of research programmes underway, we use Joint Steering Boards and similar structures to provide oversight. The overall relationship is typically subject to annual or biannual review meetings at which the state of the relationship and the progress of all activities are reviewed, and plans for future activities discussed and finalised.
Establishing a strategic relationship with Cambridge provides our partners with easy access to all of the University's services and enables both parties to develop the deep mutual understanding of each other that expedites the provision of those services.
If you are interested in developing such a relationship with the University of Cambridge, or if you would simply like to learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +44 (0)1223 333 300.