Work with an Alliance university

Alliance universities specialise in working with industry and employers. They support businesses to thrive and grow through access to facilities, expertise and innovation. Their teaching empowers students with career-ready skills by working with employers on the design and delivery of courses.

How can we help?


Alliance universities specialise in working with employers to meet skills needs. 1/3 of our courses are professionally accredited, and we deliver 1/3 of degree apprenticeships in England.

Our members can work with you to ensure their graduates are equipped to meet your skills needs, and to help you upskill your existing workforce.

Examples of the type of support our members can offer include:

  • Co-design of university courses, modules or degree apprenticeships to help fill a long-term skills need.
  • Opportunities to consult with universities on the skills needed in your industry, to support their long-term plans.
  • ‘Live briefs’: assessed projects commissioned by employers and delivered by students.
  • Student placements.
  • Support to help you recruit skilled graduates.
  • Professional development modules and courses for current staff.

Innovation and business growth

Alliance universities support over 24,000 businesses a year to start up and grow.

Our members can work with you to access the facilities, networks and expertise you need to grow your business.

Examples of the type of support our members can offer include:

  • Workshops and training sessions to develop the skills you need to innovate and grow, support you to develop and test ideas, work through proof of concept and more.
  • Access to mentors and peer-learning networks.
  • Access to academic experts in your field to help you develop, explore and test new ideas.
  • Access to workspace, facilities and equipment.

Get in touch

If you are looking to collaborate with a university, please reach out via

Our member universities

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Coventry University
  • Kingston University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Middlesex University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Teesside University
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Derby
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of South Wales
  • University of West London
  • UWE Bristol