Centre for Operational Research and Logistics

Collaboration and Consultancy

Practical Relevance and Research Impact

Our members work on research projects in collaboration with industrial and academic partners to ensure practical relevance and impact. The primary focus is to build long-term partnerships with SMEs, large companies and public sectors in which knowledge transfer projects will form the set of core activities. Our strategy is to promote more effective engagement of academics with business to maximise the impact of research on the UK’s economic competitiveness, with emphasis on the following:

  • Growth and sustainability of the strategic partnership of the Centre with industry. This will result in the development of a strong culture of enterprise and knowledge transfer to advance understanding and delivering economic and social benefits across the UK and beyond;
  • Increase research income of the Centre from contract research and consultancy with industry, mainly SMEs;
  • Increase research funds from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) grants;
  • Raise the research profile of the Centre internationally to provide innovation and excellence in research.

Our Funded Research Projects

Our members have been very successful in engaging with industry on several KTP, TSB and EU grants in key sectors including manufacturing, transportation, green computing, maritime operations and renewable energy. Our collaboration with the Institute of Industrial Research has generated a number of KTPs and TSB collaborative R&D awards.

Examples of our Funded Research Projects PDF, 61.2KB

Some examples of funded research projects we are involved in as the principal investigators or collaborators.


Our Industrial Partners

There are a number of industrial partners who we work with to support their business, including:

  • Stork Ltd
  • Xyratex Ltd
  • STS Defence Ltd
  • Entec International Ltd
  • Ametec
  • Marintek
  • Acciona
  • Optrak
  • FDSL Ltd
  • Spoon2 Ltd
  • EMIC Ltd
  • Bridgeworks Ltd
  • ETD Ltd
  • PML Ltd
  • Flight Services Data Ltd
  • Datum Electronics Ltd

Workshops and Events

We host a range of talks, workshops and events throughout the year. Delegates will meet experts from the Centre who will talk through practical business examples of decision analysis being used to enhance business operations. They provide a great opportunity for companies to share their experiences and to make potential contacts for future collaboration. Find out more.

Get in touch to discuss

We aim to build long-term partnerships with business and public sector bodies so that our research can be used in practice to improve decision making in the companies and organisations of the modern world. This will deliver economic and social benefits, as well as long-term competitiveness across the UK and beyong. If you would like to explore possible collaborative opportunities, please contact our:

Knowledge Transfer Director

Dr Djamila Ouelhadj
T: +44 (0)23 9284 6355
E: djamila.ouelhadj@port.ac.uk

Professor Djamila Ouelhadj, Knowledge Transfer Director