Research and knowledge exchange

Contracts and IP

The development of partnerships with external organisations can provide opportunities for expanding the boundaries of our research and maximising the impact of our work.

All our professional engagements with external organisations must be governed by an appropriate contract, whether it’s a collaboration, a consultancy or an initial discussion about a prospective research project involving the disclosure or receipt of confidential information.

Links will be provided shortly on this page, providing guidance on how to complete or review NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements), MTAs (Material Transfer Agreements), and Undertakings (to cover the involvement of non-employees in research projects).

The Research Development Team can advise on how to engage with business through consultancy, knowledge transfer partnerships, contract and collaborative research.

If you need help with legal points in a contract or help with drafting a contract, please get in touch with the Office of the General Counsel at

The IP Team working within the Office of the General Counsel manages new invention disclosures from across the University, and is responsible for obtaining and maintaining protection for the intellectual property resulting from research carried out by the University’s academics and supporting its commercialisation.

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