Collaborative Partnerships and Leeds University Business School

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Leeds University Business School has been building long-term partnerships with a wide range of private, public and third-party organisation over many years. We are located just a short walk from Leeds City centre and are perfectly placed to help local organisations to grow and innovate. 

By providing access to a wide range of opportunities, a collaborative partnership with Leeds University Business School can help you transform aspects of your organisation, develop new skills, access the right talent and identify opportunities for innovation 

The Business School is part of the University of Leeds, one of the leading higher education institutions in the UK and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The Business School is able to collaborate with colleagues across the University to find unique solutions for your organisation, often working with specialists in sciences, manufacturing and environment to help find the best solutions for our partners.

What is a collaborative partnership?

A win-win, mutually beneficial partnership model. Depending on what you need, this partnership could be focused on revenue generation, risk management, productivity / cost effectiveness and brand enhancement.

A collaborative partnership is a coordinated arrangement between the Business School and a third-party organisation that allows for the delivery of a wide range of mutually beneficial activity and projects. 

The partnership is based around an open dialogue where Business School representatives take the time to understand your organisation, the challenges and changes impacting on what you do and identify the opportunities for collaboration.

We have a number of ways that we work with businesses including:

As a collaborative partner you would also benefit from:

  • A dedicated team to proactively manage the relationship and help drive additional value from the partnership.
  • Temporary or intermittent sharing of resources including working with our students or utilising our campus facilities for organisational events. 
  • Project-focused commitment to ensure that each activity achieves the right outcomes for your organisation and is delivered on time. 
  • Invitations to our industry forums and meetings with opportunities to engage and network with other businesses and our academic faculty. 
  • Joint acknowledgement of the partnership and its benefits on company websites and collateral, as well as working together on press releases, case studies and other communications. 
  • Opportunities to deliver collaborative events for your staff or partners. 

Interested in collaborating with the Business School?

For more information, please contact Anna France, Relationship Manager – External Engagement on

Hear from our partners

Charles Milner is the Director at The Middleton Railway Trust and decided that a collaborative partnership with Leeds University Business school was the right step forward for his organisation. Read More about this Case Study Here.

“The Middleton Railway Trust is very pleased to enter into a Collaborative Partnership with Leeds University Business School. This gives the Trust access to leading commercial and marketing expertise and so will help Middleton Railway to become commercially self-sustaining, to enable it to continue delivering its charitable objectives. The partnership will also help the Trust become better-integrated into the educational life of Leeds which allows us to contribute to the development of young people by providing learning experiences. Working in collaboration with Leeds University Business School helps to complete a circle as lecturers and students from the University of Leeds were the driving force behind the saving of the Middleton Railway in 1960. In 1812 it was the first Railway in the world to successfully employ steam power and the pioneer locomotives first used on the Railway were designed and built in Leeds and helped lay the foundations for the city to become a centre of engineering excellence”