The ILO facilitates industry engagement with the Faculty, creating and capitalising on opportunities to co-create, collaborate and jointly deliver business value. We are here to provide advice and to support the administrative elements of industry/faculty engagement, to save you time and to enable you to get the most value out of working with us.
Some of the ways you can engage...
Funding and/or collaborating on research projects
We would like to use our world-leading research expertise to help you address your business needs. Research collaboration can take many forms. For example: contract/consultancy work; sponsorship or part sponsorship of PhDs; access to specialised equipment; involvement in research programmes, often involving leveraged funding from Government or funding agencies. The ILO can put you in touch with the right person to discuss your research interests, advise on funding routes and mechanisms, and help with agreements and contracts.
If your company is interested in collaborating on multiple research activities, a partnership framework agreement can be negotiated. Once in place this means projects can start more quickly, and time and effort can be focused on delivering the research rather than agreeing contractual arrangements.
Offering a placement year in industry
Masters programmes with a year in industry will be offered from 2018/19 with placements taking place from 2020/21. Not only will you have a well-trained and enthusiastic extra engineer in your team for a year, these placements can help attract students to your company after graduation. The ILO team will support you with the recruitment process, including helping with any confidentiality agreements.
Offering Summer internships
Summer internships are a great way for you to find out about a student’s capability and aptitude for a role, whilst they deliver a technical project for you. For students it is an opportunity for them to build confidence and employability skills. The ILO team provide a bespoke service to industrial partners, managing the administration associated with the application and recruitment process.
Mentoring students gives you an opportunity to engage with undergraduates early in their academic career. This is not a major time commitment; as a mentor you will be required to attend three meetings with a small group of students over a calendar year, providing advice and guidance based on your experience of working in industry. The ILO will match you to your student mentor group and arrange the introductory meeting.
Funding student prizes and scholarships
Offering prizes and scholarships can be an effective way of raising student awareness of your company. The ILO can manage the administration of these awards on your behalf.
Proposing ideas for undergraduate projects
If you want a novel perspective on a project you’re working on, why not get our students to take a look at it for their undergraduate research project? One example of getting involved is through the software engineering unit: http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/SPE/ - contact Daniel.Schien@bristol.ac.uk for further details.
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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 & build competitions and outreach activities.
If you are looking for long term improvement in student brand awareness and recruitment, multi-activity agreements can be negotiated with the ILO. These can be transformational for a company’s image within the Faculty.
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