UCL Computer Science - partnerships with industry
Computer Science is very keen to talk to interested companies and organisations wishing to learn more about our research, teaching and our students.
Our supporters can benefit from their relationship with CS in a number of ways. In return for sponsorship from your company, we can set up initiatives, all of which include acknowledgement of your support in our Departmental publicity material.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Dr David Barber, our Director for Industial Liaison.
Strategic research cooperation - access our information and expertise, subject to prior agreement
To regularly share views on research opportunities, and pursue these together where possible, either through joint research proposals (bidding for TSB-, government- and EU-funded projects); directly funded research by those companies; or indirect support for our research proposals (letters of support, equipment/software/staff time contributions).
Careers and Internship opportunities
Includes careers seminars with CS students and publicity amongst our students for your company's activities and/or placements and vacancies. Internshipscaninvolve PhD students who can interrupt their studies for up to 6 months to pursue a project at a company (which is expected to pay them a salary, but no fees to the university) - most of our undergraduate students look for summer internships between years 2-3 or 3-4, we advertise these on our internal webpages.
Student project proposals
Includes projectsby our M.Sc. and UG students, ranging for 3-4 months to 1 year, and we also have Software Engineering group projects during the 3rd year. Most academic supervisors are happy to accept suggestions for such projects from an external "customer". There is no money involved except travel expenses, but we expect that the customer company invests some time during and provides feedback on what the students have designed/developed.
Scholarships & Studentships
PhD studentships are welcomes through direct funding (we often have talented PhD students who we cannot raise funding, especially if they are overseas students -these are fairly significant commitments); part-funded IMPACT studentships (UCL has a limited number of studentships for students eligible for UK Research Council funding, where sponsoring company pays 50%); or
CASE studentships (there is also a possibility to turn a Research Council-funded PhD studentship into a CASE award - the company pays a top-up of about £25K to improve the stipend and provide travel money). In all of these arrangements, the student spends some time working at the sponsoring company, which also has a major share in the IPR. Also available is sponsorship of a student as part of our "Year Abroad" scheme.
Partners can sponsor prizes for our M.Sc and UG courses – we are still looking for further sponsorship.
We are happy to host guest lectures throughout the year, on their own or as part of a series.
Where key industrial partners have contributed to the teaching and/or research of the Department, we believe that they should benefit from enhanced access to our department. A key partner is normally an organisation that:
- has been a partner in a research project
- has provided lectures or contributed other support for taught courses
- has provided funding to the Department by way of donations
- has provided significant funding to students, for example funding PhD students or providing major student scholarships
There are different levels of involvement with the Department - with different levels of benefit. Where the Key Partner contact is a UCL-CS Alumnus, we aim to provide further benefit. To see more about our Alumni Network see here.
Key Partners - access to our students
Graduates from UCL are keenly sought by the world's leading organisations and many progress in their careers to secure senior and influential positions. Where key industrial partners have contributed to the teaching and/or research of the Department we believe that they should benefit from enhanced access to our students for recruitment purposes.