University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016, Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research. The Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in research. A particular area of strength is research methodology. We were also praised for our research environment, which was rated joint 6th in the country. This reflects our strong postgraduate community, diverse research centres, research training activities, and funding successes.


risk solutions

Risk Solutions has gained an enviable reputation for helping organisations of all kinds and sizes to better understand and manage their risks. Appreciating that everyone's attitude to risk is different, our philosophy is that people are happier and more successful in almost any sphere of activity when they get a little better at taking and managing risk. Committed to close client involvement, we use our expertise to help organisations become more aware of the factors that are critical to their success and enable them to manage risk and uncertainty more confidently and effectively. Believing that a totally risk-averse strategy can signal business failure and that too much enthusiasm for risk-taking can prove dangerous, we work with customers right across the public and private sectors to implement successful risk management strategies. Whoever the client, whatever the task, we leave nothing to chance.



Cranfield University is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns. We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield. Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda. Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce.



Warwick University

The University of Warwick has made outstanding progress in a very short time. We are one of the UK's leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation, and for links with business and industry. We’ve secured a unique reputation through our ability to combine excellence, creativity and intellectual rigour with agility, professionalism and sustainability.



policy studies institute

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) is committed to delivering insightful, high-quality research for our funders, users and wider society that has an impact on environment and sustainable development research, policy and practice. We do this by working at the interface of policy and research. We combine the rigour of academic research with expert knowledge of policy agendas and processes. We generate research outputs collaboratively that meet the practical needs of policymakers. We aim to deliver results and outputs that are high quality, relevant, useable, and enrich the value of our users’ work.


University of York

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then we have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition alongside longer established institutions.  A member of the elite Russell Group of universities, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges. 



Durham University is distinctive - a residential collegiate university with long traditions and modern values. We seek the highest distinction in research and scholarship and are committed to excellence in all aspects of education and transmission of knowledge. Our research and scholarship affect every continent. We are proud to be an international scholarly community which reflects the ambitions of cultures from around the world. We promote individual participation, providing a rounded education in which students, staff and alumni gain both the academic and the personal skills required to flourish.



Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. ASU is classified as a research university with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Since 2005 ASU has been ranked among the top research universities, public and private, in the U.S. based on research output, innovation, development, research expenditures, number of awarded patents and awarded research grant proposals.




Newcastle University has a world-class reputation for research excellence. We are a member of the Russell Group: the association of leading research-intensive UK universities. We have one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK. Our research links cross the globe, including strategic partnerships with Monash University in Australia and Groningen University in the Netherlands. We have a proven track record of meeting the most pressing societal challenges through socially relevant research. REF 2014 confirms our global academic status. The University’s research into areas such as neuroscience, english language and literature and computing science rated as amongst the leading in the UK.


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

With around 32,000 students from over 120 nations, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is one of the largest and most diverse universities in Germany. JGU unites almost all academic disciplines under one roof with its University Medical Center, its Academy of Arts and School of Music and the Faculty of Translation Studies, Linguistics and Cultural Studies in Germersheim. In over 150 institutes and clinics, 4,400 academics, 560 of whom are professors, teach and carry out research.