Innovation & Enterprise

Innovation, Creativity     & Enterprise

Sector Spotlight

We currently focus on five core sector themes, alongside our work with individual organisations of all sizes and disciplines, which highlight our significant strengths in expertise, knowledge and resources.

Bringing an inter-disciplinary approach to our work with whole sectors, we are developing real-world solutions to match lateral commercial needs. Learn more about the sectors we're working in, including examples of how the University has applied its experience to specific projects in:

Finance & Risk Management
High Value Materials
Security & Information

If you don't work in these sectors, Kent has leading academics experts in all fields, working with businesses of all types and sizes sharing knowledge and research. Get in touch to find out more about how we can work with your organisation.

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Finance and risk

The University of Kent has a specialist knowledge base in the financial services industry. Companies operating in this sector engage in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace. Key requirements not only include the ability to manage risk across products and customers, but to understand and address complex challenges that arise from the latest technological developments.

Complex challenges require solutions that span disciplines and expertise across the science and social science areas. Our collaborative work in this area involves academics from the following schools, to apply technology and research findings to real-time solutions:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
  • Engineering and Digital Arts
  • Computing
  • Economics
  • Kent Business School
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Contact the business development team for more information on our work in the Finance & Risk sector.


The University of Kent holds substantial health research and enterprise strengths across a breadth of disciplines from social policy to technological innovation. The University develops collaborative research and health-related enterprise projects and accredited postgraduate training programmes with regional health practitioners to service regional needs. KentHealth is the single contact point for enquiries about how the University of Kent might collaborate with external agencies in developing new health initiatives. The University of Kent’s dedicated business development unit, Kent Innovation and Enterprise, works closely with Research Services to build strong links between research and business to develop, support and create innovative projects and enterprising partnerships.

In the last 3 years, the University of Kent has been involved in 35 health research projects, totalling over 10,000,000 from 27 funding bodies. The University has collaborated with external partners, including: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.

Specific examples of our expertise include the development of devices for use in remote patient monitoring, miniature wearable tracking devices, medical electronics, web social networks, hacker-proof wireless systems and mobile and Smart phones. Moreover, the University of Kent has academic experts on the elderly population, health behaviour, and care environments.

Examples of research areas include:

  • Qualitative Analysis of Health and Social Care
  • Medical Ethics, Sociology and Healthcare Law and Policy
  • Dementia, Autism, and Learning Disabilities Specialists
  • Cancer, Infectious Diseases, Medical Genetics and Pre-natal Diagnostics
  • Global Public Health and Vaccination Strategies
  • Clinical Practice, Pharmacy and Dentistry
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cycling, Sports Psychology and Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Health Economics and Medical Statistics
  • Remote Monitoring, Telehealthcare, Medical Electronics and Embedded Systems
  • Biometrics and Information System Security
  • Human Computer Interaction and Social Computing
  • Biomedical Imaging Analysis
  • Bioinformatics, Cloud and Biologically Inspired Computing for Health Applications

Contact the business development team for more information on our work in the Health sector.

High value materials

The University of Kent has a specialist knowledge base in the design and production of high value materials, and the technology that underpins them. Our collaborative R&D in this area provides support in modelling, mechanics, manufacturing and process management for a number of related research areas.

Our expertise in high value manufacturing spans process control technology, extensive materials analysis, statistical and modelling techniques and supply chain management. The University is working on a number of collaborative projects in the sector, including:

  • Process control algorithms for fault diagnosis in high value manufacturing environments.
  • Biometrics and aerial methodology and hardware for protection and security pre and post manufacture (RFID tags and tracking/anti-counterfeiting)
  • Analogue to digital manufacturing control strategies
  • High value materials synthesis and characterisation, biomaterials
  • Imaging methods including the use of Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Characterising targets and uses of high value protein/peptide drugs

Contact the business development team for more information on our work in the High Value Materials sector.

Security and information

The University of Kents expertise in security covers a broad range of interdisciplinary expertise, such as technology employed in applications through to a wide range of human aspects interlinked with introducing and maintaining a secure environment.

We work closely with a number of organisations, of all sizes, engaged in this sector - for example Dstl, BAE and Roke Manor.

One of our headline research areas, cyber security, brings together the Universitys expertise across science and social science disciplines. With a dedicated Centre for Cyber Security Research, we address current and future challenges in a holistic way - ensuring that human factors as well as legal aspects form part of the solution.

Our national and international research excellence covers a wide spectrum of security related areas, including:

Cyber Security:
Our multidisciplinary research centre undertakes internationally renowned research in social sciences, psychology and law to investigate and address the human, legal and technical factors of cyber security.

Image and Information Engineering/Biometrics:
All aspects of image processing and image analysis, with an established reputation for key application areas including handwriting analysis, medical image processing, document processing and biometrics and security.

Information System Security:
Key areas of research including privacy and security, policy based security, security and risk management, malreware and reverse engineering, public key and privilege management Infrastructures and trust management.

Printed and wearable antenna technologies and Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) research for mobile and wireless communications including, Body Area Networks (BANs), vehicles, integration into TVs, Radio-over-Fibre distribution, picocellular systems, and integration into substrates for milli-metric systems.

Human Factors:
Online extremist behaviour and hate groups, and beliefs in conspiracy theories, persuasion and communication through online tools, rehabilitation of post-conflict societies, performance enhancement through mental imagery, stress and performance, and group behaviour.

Contact the business development team for more information on our work in the Security sector.


The University of Kent has a wealth of expertise in the green economy, in particular sustainability, covering academic research, teaching and innovation.

The breadth of the University’s knowledge in this important sector is extensive, ranging from developing new energy processes and environmental law, to designing sensors for environmental applications, sustainable environments and conservation. The University believes there are five distinct interconnected groupings covering Energy, Conservation, Environment, Economy and the Built Environment.

Kent Environmental Innovation Network (E-iNet) Project

The University is one of three University partners in the Environmental iNet project (E-iNet) consortium launched in February 2014 and managed by WSX Enterprise Ltd.

The aim of the E- iNet project is to foster market-led links between University academics and Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating in or wishing to move into low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) markets. The environmental knowledge, expertise and know-how of the University will be sought to assist and support the development and growth of low carbon SMEs.


  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Technologies
  • Functional Materials
  • Energy Design & Energy Modelling


  • Statistical Ecology
  • Green Tourism


  • International & Environmental Issues
  • Impact of Climate
  • Environmental Monitoring & Smart Metering
  • Environmental Analysis & Environmental Technical Assessment


  • Sustainable Economy
  • Environmental Economics & Law
  • Applied Environmental Economics
  • Agricultural Economics

Built Environment:

  • Intelligent Buildings & Eco-design
  • Sustainable Built Environments
  • Urban Development & Sustainable Design & Construction

To register your interest or to find out more about the Environment-iNet project, please contact email Emma Lansdell, Environmental iNet Project Manager or telephone +44 (0)1227 823376. For general enquiries about our work in the Sustainability sector, please contact our business development team.

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Last Updated: 26/02/2014