Our links with businesses and industry

Transferring good ideas, research results and skills between universities, other research organisations, business and the wider community can generate innovative new products and services for society and better inform public policy.

As part of the University's commitment to Knowledge Transfer (KT), members of staff and students in the School are involved in a wide range of different activities, including:

  • providing expert advice to national, European and international policy makers;
  • collaborative projects involving private and public sector organisations;
  • disseminating their ideas through the media; 
  • giving lectures and presentations on their work to the public professional associations;
  • participating in events to give school pupils from across Norfolk a 'first taste' of higher education;
  • working as independent consultants on a wide range of projects with a number of leading businesses and organisations.

In addition, we offer a Year in Industry option with all of our undergraduate degree programmes. These enable students to gain relevant work experience as part of their studies, which greatly enhance their long time career prospects.

In the School there are a number of organisations, which are directly concerned with KT activities in areas of weather forecasting and climate change, environmental impact, sustainability.


The Adapt Low Carbon Group brings together a broad range of expertise and builds on the widely acknowledged successes of the University of East Anglia's business activities in the low carbon sector. This includes the CRed Carbon Reduction Programme which addresses the problem of climate change by helping individuals and the community to reduce CO2 emissions with the aim of a 60% reduction by 2025.  The Adapt Low Carbon Group includes :

  • Commercial
  • Centre for the Built Environment
  • Innovation Funding
  • InCrops Enterprise Hub

Find out more at http://www.adaptlowcarbongroup.co.uk


Weatherquest is a privately owned weather forecasting and weather analysis company based on the University of East Anglia campus. 

  • Forecasting - Weatherquest provide detailed weather forecasting services for clients in many different sectors including: agriculture, insurance, broadcast and print media, wind energy, ports, sport and winter gritting.
  • Data - Many clients need data showing weather conditions now or in the past, applications include insurance claims, legal and environmental consulting reports, energy efficiency assessments and media stories.
  • Consultancy - Weatherquest meteorologists can provide training and consultancy advice for a wide range of business and leisure applications.

Find out more at http://www.weatherquest.co.uk/


Project 'Fowey River Improvement Auction - Designing a payments for ecosystem services auction'
http://cserge.ac.uk/research/current-projects/fowey-river-improvement-auction

Professor Brett Day and Dr Ruth Welters from CSERGE have been working with South West Water as part of their Upstream Thinking initiative and with the Westcountry Rivers Trust to explore the design of a Payments for Ecosystem Services scheme. The pilot scheme that puts a value on natural resources – in this case, the river water – and pays to help preserve it. The company has made a pot of cash available (£360,000) for which the farmers have been bidding in the first ever ‘valuing nature auction' of its kind in the UK.