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Innovation Studio

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Collaborate with us

There are many ways to collaborate with us, including match-funded innovation grants to help you develop new products and services, ‘live briefs’ to work with our talented staff and students and prototyping vouchers to give you access to our equipment and expertise.

How we can work together

Many of our courses include within their curriculum opportunities for industry live brief projects. These are projects set by a business for students to problem-solve and produce professional outcomes to a deadline. Examples of recent industry partners include Thinking Juice and BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Foster and Partners and BA (Hons) Modelmaking, RNLI and BA (Hons) Fashion, and Sling Studio and BA (Hons) Textiles.

Live brief projects usually take place within the first academic term and can be arranged by contacting our Knowledge Exchange team. In addition, we run an annual challenge AUB24 which turns the university into a creative agency for 24 hours. Previous collaborators have included Bestival, Larmer Tree Festival, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Virgin Startup and the RNLI.

Our research staff and technicians are also able to deliver consultation and technical services to industry under our Knowledge Exchange programmes. Recently, this has included environmental site audits from the AUB Architecture team for the RNLI Design out Drowning challenge and technical Fashion support in soft goods manufacturing for RNLI International. For more information on research consultation projects, please contact the Knowledge Exchange team.

We offer placements and internships for students and also an industry secondment scheme for our staff to work with business on live projects.

We also offer access to our workshop for businesses looking to prototype and test their designs. We have a range of capabilities from wood, metal and resin studios, through to digital fabrication (CNC, SLS additive printing, laser cutting) and spray room finishing processes. For more information on access to our workshop facilities, please contact Lucy Devall.

Meet the team

Dr Christian McLening Director of Research and Development


Kyra Gibson Graduate Innovation Intern


Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises, and an industry engagement hub.
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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
Sunseeker employee working on schematics of a boat

Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.
People gathering around a table with models and photographs

Residency Programme

Our Residency Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio individuals, start-ups and SMEs developing new products or services.
Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Industry-standard resources

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.