Research, innovation and accelerated translation to market applications, together with education and skills development, are fundamental to supporting economic growth, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion.

At Queen Mary University of London, we work with business partners on research and innovation, curriculum development, public engagement, social responsibility and CPD/executive education.

We are a global and leading university, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation and providing world-class education to a diverse student body where our undergraduates comprise 60% BAME, 42% first from their family into Higher Education and 27% from households where the annual taxable income is under £10k.

Our relationship with partners across all sectors is critical to ensuring that our graduates obtain the jobs that they deserve, allowing future companies to create the required diversity throughout their workforce which is critical to their success.

Below are a few examples showing the breadth of our engagement.

Degree apprenticeships

We were the first Russell Group institution to adopt degree apprenticeships, which can empower future generations with the skills they need for success. We have delivered the Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship with Goldman Sachs, IBM, GSK and the BBC. In 2017, we began providing training to non-levy paying employers as part of our growing engagement with SMEs.

Incubators and job creation

Queen Mary Bio-enterprises (QMB) hosts a range of startups and spinouts, including major companies like Spirogen and hViVo. These companies have created more than 450 jobs in the region and QMB has a queue of additional companies seeking space.

Genomics and precision medicine

Our researchers are working with partners applying the latest advances in genomics research to the development of new precision medicines and personalised treatments. Partners include AstraZeneca, Genentech-Roche, Astellas, Abbvie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer and Medimmune. Our research benefits from co-location with Genomics England and access to clinical expertise through co-location with Barts Health Trust.


Actual Experience is a QMUL spinout, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2013, with a current market capitalisation of £135m and which employs 80 people. Actual Experience provides customers like Accenture, Verizon and Vodafone with ‘Analytics-as-a-Service’, managing digital supply chains to optimise and improve efficiency, delivery and experience.

Creative and Digital

A unique Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Centre with multiple industry partners. A recent Data Science partnership agreement with BBC will enable them to rapidly expand the promotion and use of their media content worldwide, increasing revenue growth and influence.

Student entrepreneurship

We foster a student entrepreneurial environment, through funding, boot-camps, training and mentoring. An example of success is Sam Armani. Before he graduated in 2012 he started the company KACE, then Tamoco in 2012, providing proximity marketing solutions with big data. A serial entrepreneur, Sam has since become a founder of CrowdIt after seeing an opportunity to launch a nightlife app in the UK.


This article first appeared in the 2018 State of the Relationship report, commissioned by Research England and compiled and published by NCUB.