Working with Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Why we work with SME's
The University of Oxford is committed to driving innovation and we actively seek and support collaboration with innovative, high-growth companies of all sizes.
Local, national and global outlooks
The University encourages collaboration that is aligned with the national industrial strategy and contributes to both local and national economic growth and to the growth of a highly skilled workforce. We also look to engage with highly innovative companies on a global scale where research challenges require international efforts.
How we work with SME's
A long-term view
We aim to form mutually beneficial and long-term relationships as your company continues to grow and we encourage flexible and innovative ways of working together.
Networking events, like the AIMdays, are one of the ways in which we aim to convene communities around divisional research theme priorities. If you are interested in being kept up to date on upcoming networking events in relevant themes, please get in touch.
We will work with you to understand your research focus and to facilitate introduction to the appropriate academic group. We can liaise with all relevant internal departments to offer a single point of contact during early discussion through to contractual negotiations.
What is an AIMday?
An AIMday (Academic Industry Meeting Day) is an innovative networking event that allows external organisations to set the agenda and gain academic perspective into industry challenges.
AIMdays were born at the University of Uppsala in 2008, and are a format used by universities worldwide to match researchers with industrial partners.
The idea is simple: each AIMday has a specific theme and is centred around small group discussions based on a question posed by the external participant. This gives industry partners and researchers the assurance that the topics addressed will be of genuine interest, while also providing the opportunity to gain fresh insights, meet potential collaborators, and grow a network.