Enterprise Development

Consultancy Services

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The Research & Enterprise (R&E) Directorate co-ordinates the University's industrial support activities and is the contact point for all organisations involved in economic development. It is also responsible for developing opportunities through which academics can gain access to the business and economic development communities.

At an operational level, the Directorate is the 'front door' through which business can access the industrial support and knowledge base of the University. It is responsible for the referral and follow-up of technical and other enquiries to Faculties and Industrial Services such as the Northern Ireland Technology Centre, the Knowledge Transfer Centre, the Polymer Processing Research Centre and QUESTOR.


Areas of expertise: 

Queen’s University has a number of industry focused units which provide a wide range of support and services to business. Some examples are noted here. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) works with companies to improve their competitiveness through enhanced design and manufacturing. The Polymer Processing Research Centre (PPRC) assists plastics companies to develop new products and processes. QUESTOR helps companies to address environmental issues that may adversely impact costs, performance and overall competitiveness. The Analytical Services and Environmental Projects Unit (ASEP) offers an extensive range of analytical and testing services. KTP and Business Networks provide an excellent mechanism to transfer knowledge and expertise from Queen's University to companies to support strategic development and increased competitiveness.

Services to business: 

  • 3D manufacturing simulation
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Building materials analysis and testing
  • Business process re-engineering
  • CADCAM and CAD services
  • Chemical analysis
  • Consultancy services
  • Contaminated land remediation
  • Continuing professional development
  • Cost savings
  • Design and development of special purpose machinery
  • Design for manufacturing
  • Digital engineering
  • Electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) testing and services
  • Emission/discharge monitoring and control
  • Environmental improvement
  • Factory simulation
  • Finite element analysis
  • Graduate work placements (KTP)
  • Mould flow analysis
  • Plastic/polymer analysis and testing
  • Polymer extrusion/rotational moulding/injection moulding/ thermoforming
  • Product lifecycle management technologies
  • Product and process design and development
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Structural engineering and assessment
  • Undergraduate work placements
  • Virtual engineering and manufacturing
  • Waste reduction
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Wide range of advice and information


Tom Edgar        (Tel: 02890 973119 Email: t.edgar@qub.ac.uk ) or

Mike McCleave (Tel: 02890 971329 Email: m.mccleave@qub.ac.uk )