The ILO connects industry with the Faculty, creating opportunities for you to develop a collaborative research project and/or engage with our students. We provide advice, guidance and administrative support, helping you to increase the value and developmental potential of a project. Some of the ways you can engage with us include:
Funding and/or collaborating on research projects
Our world-leading research expertise can help you to develop your project work. Potential collaborations may include, but are not limited to:
- Contract/consultancy work
- Full/part sponsorship of PhDs
- Access to specialised equipment
- Involvement in research programmes, often with leveraged funding from Government or funding agencies
Interested in collaborating on multiple research activities? We can discuss a partnership framework agreement, a way to speed up contract negotiations so you can start your research quicker.
Year in Industry placement
The ILO Year in Industry scheme has numerous benefits for your company, including:
- Connecting you with our students' enthusiasm, up to date knowledge and new ideas developed from their first two years of study
- Helping you to identify talent early on to support future recruitment
- Raising company profile with our students and academics; engagement with the latter may lead to innovative research collaborations with the Faculty
Furthermore, if required, our dedicated team can manage the administration process associated with a placement student's recruitment (from application to interview). Consquently, your company would have exclusive access to our students with minimal effort.
ILO Mentoring helps to build our students’ confidence and careers: an invaluable way to link their field of study with your real-world experience and expertise. These relationships can continue to develop, with some of our students undertaking subsequent internships and even graduate employment in their mentor’s workplace.
Our mentoring scheme is well-established, with numerous mentors returning for successive years. Furthermore, with no assessment duties required by mentors, only the students, it is a relatively low-level commitment; a potential CPD activity offset by access to future engineering and computer science talent.
Funding student prizes and scholarships
Prizes and scholarships continue to be an effective way of raising a company's profile with our students. We can manage the administration of these awards on your behalf.
Proposing ideas for undergraduate projects
For a novel perspective on a project, why not share it with our students as an undergraduate research project? For example, this could be in the software engineering unit. Please contact Daniel.Schien@bristol.ac.uk for more information.
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Many opportunities exist for funding student engagement, ranging from one-off prizes to sponsorship of large scale student-led events, such as hackathons; design and build competitions; and outreach activities.
Looking for long term improvement in your student and graduate recruitment? Our multi-activity agreements can transform company profile within the Faculty.
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Find out more about how you can engage with the Faculty of Engineering
Mentoring FAQs and timeline (PDF, 388kB) - (2020 version, upcoming 2021 version TBC)