Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

Lancaster University is embarking on a new initiative to leverage its global reach for the benefit of UK businesses

This £5.1 million 4-year initiative will engage several hundred technology-focused small and medium sized enterprises in the UK and facilitate 80 of these to develop collaborative research and development for new product development through robust partnerships with businesses located in the Guangdong Province. UK businesses selected to participate will embark on a leadership programme to build innovation, creativity and leadership capabilities within the company, geared to the challenges and opportunities of international collaboration and trade. This will be enabled by the resourcing of graduate-calibre teams with science, technology, management and design expertise, to work with UK and Chinese partners on specific collaborative projects in both the UK and China.

The project is funded by HEFCE, participant business contributions, Lancashire County Council and the Guangdong Provincial Office for Science & Technology. Key partners will include the Chinese Academy of Sciences, UK Trade & Investment, China-Britain Business Council and the Technology Strategy Board. Priority technology areas have been identified which match key UK growth sectors to the key industrial sectors of Guangdong Province: energy, environmental protection, new vehicle technology, digital and creative, materials, photonics, ICT, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing. 

Project Team

CluneClune Stephen Clune Design for Sustainability, Design and Behavioural Change
CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Design, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
EvansEvans Martyn Evans Design, Design Management, Design Futures, Design Strategy, Design and Branding, Design Policy, Design Thinking, New Product Development
DunnDunn Nick Dunn Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation, Speculative Design, Future Cities
CruickshankCruickshank Leon Cruickshank Open Design and Innovation, User Centred and User-Led Design, Interactive Design, Technology and Society, Design Methodology, Design Theory and Philosophy
AldoyAldoy Noor Aldoy Design and Innovation Manager - Lancaster China Catalyst Programme


We're recruiting a Design and Innovation Manager

We're recruiting a Design and Innovation Manager

We are building an international team, with hubs in both the UK and China and are seeking to recruit a Design and Innovation Manager to embed design driven innovation approaches in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme (LCCP).

You will take a lead in the design and delivery of events to...Read full update

China Catalyst Programme Planning

China Catalyst Programme Planning

Imagination designed, organised and hosted a five-hour workshop for the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme (LCCP) on the 13th of January 2014. The aim of the workshop was to detail each section of the four-year project plan.

Twelve people involved in the project planning including China...Read full update