Laura Knight

Employer Partnership Development Manager

Business Engagement

I am a Business Development Manager in Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise. I support businesses, identifying training needs and academic pathways as part of our CPD offer, which covers both micro-credentials and short courses.

Back at the office, I work closely with our academic team to identify new courses and business opportunities. I also manage our Creative Lab, a fantastic design-led facility that supports businesses and start-ups with product creation, service development and business growth. As part of my wider role, I look at innovation needs with my accounts and can offer support with Innovate UK bids. 

I have a strong education and account management background, having worked in both FE and HE since 2007, covering areas that have included apprenticeships and recruitment, and really enjoy supporting people and organisations by meeting their goals.  


  • Knowledge exchange
  • Micro-credentials
  • Account management
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021