Building corporate partnerships
UCL Computer Science Department values its partnerships with not only the tech industry, but businesses from other industries, the health sector, local government, research institutions, local schools and charities. These collaborations for an integral part of our approach with our partners allows us to progress our teaching, research efforts and to address the cutting-edge problems and challenges we’re presented with. They also provide students of all levels with a unique learning experience in how to apply their research and build solutions. In return we’re able to demonstrate impact results of the collaboration to our partners, providing them with valuable new insights as to how they can best use computing technology.
As a partner of UCL Computer Science you’ll be a assigned a Strategic Partnerships Manager who’ll not only work closely with you, but look out for opportunities to strengthen and grow the partnership further.
For more information please contact our strategic alliances team firstname.lastname@example.org
Rewarding our students, in recognition and appreciation of their hard work, is very important to the department. We have events throughout the year where we award prizes. We invite partners to sponsor prizes for outstanding student achievements, such as top grades in individual or group projects, hackathons, competitions, events and early research career visibility including publishing papers. There is also the opportunity for our partners to sponsor bursaries for students who participate in international competitions and pay for conference fees for students publishing papers.
Student prizes are a great way for partners to obtain brand exposure with our students. Our minimum prize sponsorship is £500 per year with prizes taking the form of cheques, awards, or digital gifts.
We host a multitude of events each year, for students and research groups.
Microsoft, for example, have been an enthusiastic supporter of our students, organising many events. We have run several Imagine Cup UK competitions here at UCL as well as the largest Data Science Hackathon in Europe (in 2017). We continually pool resources for our students from the latest technology releases.
In 2015 we hosted a visit from the Microsoft Azure team in support of our Industry Exchange Network programme. Since then we have made a wide range of Microsoft’s resources available for our students to use in their project work. This includes Azure accounts, Surface tablets, guest lectures, and even early access release to hardware.
Many other companies have also been involved in supporting and sponsoring our student and research events. For example our VR (Virtual Reality) Club invites graphics and interaction companies to support new systems launches and demonstrate the latest advances in Mixed Reality.
We also have access to bookable spaces where we can host events and presentations in collaboration with our partners, such as our Financial Computing lab, our 3D graphics lab and our lecture halls.
UCL Computer Science is a registered charity and we partner with organisations that are looking to support programmes of activities with our students and outreach. We welcome donations from our current and prospective partners.
Our term-time engagement with industry is managed within our Industry Exchange Network (IXN) programme. In addition to IXN, we have three major opportunities for students to work out of term time with sponsorships from companies:
- A year in industry degree programme, where an undergraduate student undertakes an assessed year long paid internship
- Summer industry and research projects
- Graduate training course
- PhD sponsorships
Equipment Sponsorship (Technology Transfer)
If your organisation would like to explore new ways of using the hardware and software technologies currently provided to your customer we’d be happy to discuss opportunities for our students to be involved via our outreach with industry initiatives. We aim to provide our students with access to Visual Studio Team Services, Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS accounts, IBM Watson and more.
A variety of our student teaching labs are currently supported by major organisations. For example, our Virtual Environments Laboratory (CAVE) with access to HoloLens 2.0, Oculus and VIVE Pro, Kinect Azure, Acer and HP Mixed Reality headsets. Other examples include our 3-D lab with 3-D printing connectivity and our 300-user cluster virtual lab that students can use remotely.
We maintain a continuous cycle of developer device refreshes, phones, wearables, tablets, programmable parts and IoT kits which we use for teaching and outreach projects with schools, charities and healthcare groups.
With the computer science landscape is changing rapidly, we’re keen to both learn from industry and leading organisations as well as to showcase our own achievements. We host a “Tech Talks” series throughout the year where industry professionals are invited to speak on important topics of relevance to our students.