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University of the Arts London

Knowledge Exchange

Microsoft x LCF: Future of Fashion Incubator, Oval Space, Copyright: Jason Purple

Collaborating and innovating with the most inspiring organisations across the globe.

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is how we work with external partners to create positive change. Our students, graduates and leading academics collaborate with businesses of all sizes, local communities, policymakers, charities and other universities.

We apply our expert knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios, harnessing the power of creativity and innovative thinking to co-create value for society, the economy and our environment.

If you have an idea for a project or collaboration that you'd like to discuss with our business development team, please complete our enquiry form so we can respond as effectively as possible.

What is Knowledge Exchange?

  • Forest Coats Fashion Show at Arbeit Studios Leyton Green, part of the Making for Change: Waltham Forest project. Photographer: Adam Razvi.

    Our funded projects

    How we share knowledge to create value for society, the economy and our environment

  • Work for Google Arts & Culture by Fine Art graduate Lea Spatium

    Work with our experts

    Supporting businesses and brands to achieve their goals

  • Renault x CSM - Yuchen Chai

    Work with our students and graduates

    Bring creativity and fresh ideas to your business

  • Google, Mini Maker Faire at London College of Communication

    Professional training

    Get expert training and consultations for your business, team or individual needs

Become our partner

We’re in strategic, long-term partnerships with some of the most innovative organisations in the world, like LVMH, Kering, Google Arts & Culture, MullenLowe Group, Microsoft, L'Oreal Professionnel, Conde Nast and Swarovski.

Get in touch and start a creative partnership with us:

Our partners Mullenlowe Nova


Be inspired

UAL x Southwark Council: representing diverse voices through public art

Watch how Southwark Council worked with UAL graduates to launch an open consultation with local residents to shape the borough's new Public Art Policy.

Knowledge Exchange strategy

Knowledge Exchange (KE) is one the key institutional priorities of the UAL Strategy 2022-2032.

Our KE Strategy 2021-2026 (PDF 4MB) directly responds to the challenges set up in guiding policy 3 of our 10-year strategy - to change the world through our creative endeavour.

Through our KE activities, we aim to:

  • build new collaborative partnerships with other Higher Education Institutions, businesses, local communities, government and non-profit organisations
  • empower our students and graduates to become effective agents for positive change
  • improve accessibility to creative careers for all
  • leverage additional resources to support our academic mission
  • create positive impacts on society by applying our knowledge and practices.

Terms of engagement

We are committed to providing a high-quality experience for all our students, staff and external partners.

We also value all potential partnering enquiries and we want to make the process of getting in touch with us as straightforward as possible.