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Nexus logo October 2018


Nexus embodies the outward-facing approach the University is taking to grow and prosper in an increasingly competitive, inter-connected global environment. It will be a place where ideas, expertise and opportunity come together, creating new value and developing collaborative partnerships between entrepreneurs, businesses and world-leading researchers.

From accessing new sources of potential funding to delivering impact through the development of products and technologies, Nexus will provide an opportunity to realise the full potential of our world-class research capabilities.

The centre will catalyse a culture of collaboration, innovation and impact, both across the University and beyond, by bringing together business and academic minds. It will provide a range of spaces for networking and collaboration, including meeting rooms, presentation space and an innovation suite, as well as offering office and laboratory space for external technology-led companies, corporate Research and Development (R&D) and product development teams to work within.


The development is part of the University’s £520m investment across campus, aimed at positioning Leeds as one of the UK’s top higher education institutions. Nexus is currently undergoing construction on the southern edge of campus, where it will become a new gateway between the University, the city and beyond when it opens in early 2019.

An introduction to Nexus:

Facilities within Nexus:

Open meetings

In March and April 2017, a series of open meetings for staff to find out more about Nexus were led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Lisa Roberts, and Director of Research and Innovation Development, Dr Ceri Williams.

They offered the opportunity for colleagues to learn about how Nexus will help us achieve our strategic goals of increasing research funding through more partnerships, and transforming engagement with - and the impact of - Leeds' research locally, nationally and globally.

You can view the presentation.

Key questions answered:

What will Nexus do?

Nexus brings together business and academic minds around shared goals to drive innovation. It’s where ideas, expertise and opportunity collide, delivering results that create new value locally, nationally and globally.

It will focus on a number of areas of demonstrable Research & Innovation (R&I) expertise that align with public and private sector investment opportunities, attracting technology-led startups, early stage businesses, small, fast growing companies and corporate R&D, and new product development teams who will benefit from working with, and co-locating beside, a world class research-intensive University.


How will our academics benefit?

Nexus will open up new opportunities to develop exciting new collaborative research proposals to address global challenges. It will provide:

  • a high profile shop window, with a year-round programme of events promoting our R&I strengths to a range of partners
  • a high quality space for partner meetings with support from R&I professionals
  • seamless professional support for academic development from R&I proposal development to evidencing impact, and every step in-between 
  • continuity of engagement with partners through effective key account management to identify, anticipate and address needs
  • opportunities to help partners access our world-class equipment and facilities.

What are we doing to engage academic community?

We are building a single, integrated team within RIS to support the development of R&I opportunities, and improving the quality and consistency of academic support - covering skills, ways of working and the processes associated with delivery (e.g. identifying business needs, contracting). 

We are also investing in a dedicated R&I CRM system and prioritising support to the most significant areas of opportunity.

As well as this, a dedicated Nexus Marketing and Communications team will help develop more effective external communication and engagement to attract new partners.

What will happen next?

We will work with Deans and Pro-Deans to develop compelling narratives around the identified areas of opportunity across research and innovation. Further opportunities to interact with Nexus will become available so that the external world has an awareness of our events programme, the organisations we want to engage with, how our academics might use Nexus facilities, and ways to get involved.  

For the latest news about Nexus, please see the Updates section on this page.

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To find out more about how the University is working with business, visit the
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