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Knowledge Dock (University of East London)

Knowledge Dock (University of East London)


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Knowledge Dock is a combined work, exhibition and teaching space offering dynamic environment for students, staff and businesses located at the University of East London's (UEL`s) Docklands Campus. As a UEL business and innovation centre Knowledge Dock is the place for makers, innovators, inventors, networks and collaborators. It is available to our community of 19,000 students, inspiring academics and dedicated support staff spanning 120 different nationalities as well as external businesses engaging in collaboration with UEL innovation, research and development projects. Through civic engagement, we give students the chance to enhance their knowledge by learning off campus on real-life projects.

Our location

Knowledge Dock is located at the University of East London's (UEL’s) Docklands Campus. We have great connections to public transport, with Cyprus DLR station adjacent to our campus and on-site car parking facilities. We are also close to City Airport, providing you with a gateway to internationalize your business.


Knowledge Dock offers flexible office space, ranging from just a virtual office, a hot desk through to a suite of offices, providing a professional and affordable base for start-ups, SMEs or fast growing international ventures.

Benefits include:

  • high-quality, professional and flexible office space
  • 24/7 secure access
  • access to meeting and conference rooms
  • office support
  • reception services
  • dedicated business address
  • access to the University’s Library, open 24/7 during term time
  • discounted rates at the Print Centre and SportsDock, the University’s world class sports facility
  • access to networking events
  • being part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community.


Soft Landing programme

As a part of international innovation networks we developed a Soft Landing programme offering our entrepreneurs a chance to explore new markets. Through this programme, entrepreneurs can access offices abroad, receive support from a local team in your destination country and obtain market intelligence, all of which will open up international collaborations.

Events venue

Our privileged riverside location at London Docklands attracts companies, institutes and NGOs to our fully serviced events venue suitable for 2-80 people.

Enterprise and Innovation at UEL

Enterprise and Innovation Unit at UEL is responsible for Knowledge Dock management as well as enabling student enterprise by supporting students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses. We provide support from idea generation up to the early business stages through workshops, 1-to-1 sessions and competitions. Our strong business focus drives development of consultancy, knowledge transfer and research projects engaging businesses to collaborate with UEL academics.

We identify research and collaboration opportunities with businesses, government and community groups to promote high quality and innovative research carried out at UEL. Enterprise and Innovation Unit also manages UEL spin offs. One of them is FABPAD – a leading fabric print bureau offering a fast and friendly sampling service using reactive dyes and natural fibre fabrics such as silks and cottons. It’s professional and valuable service is available to students, independent designers, fashion and textile studios, photographers and artists.

UEL's Research

UEL is an innovative academic community, delivering high-quality research that is impactful, intellectually stimulating, socially relevant and for public good. UEL was rated the top modern university in

London for research by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and is highly regarded for innovative research and scholarship across a wide range of fields.

UEL has identified six research themes that reflect the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of our research activity:

Creative, Digital and Information Technology

Children, Education and Lifelong-Learning

Sport, Health and Wellbeing


Social Equality and Justice, Human Rights and Security Politics, Culture

and Society

To find out more about UEL’s research visit


Further information

Knowledge Dock regularly hosts visitors from overseas and provides more than just accommodation. A full list of tenants is available on the Knowledge Dock website: www.uel.ac.uk/knowledgedock/, and further information is available from knowledge.dock@uel.ac.uk or tel. 0208 223 7789.


Knowledge Dock
University of East London
University Way
E16 2RD

Contact:   Amy Laydon
Job title:   Knowledge Dock Administrator
Tel:   0208 223 7789
Email:   a.laydon@uel.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.uel.ac.uk/knowledgedock/