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Industry engagement

UCL Engineering operate a number of activities that can help your business develop new capabilities, bring ideas from concept to production and exploit emerging opportunities presented by technology

Industry engagement

Corporate Partnerships

UCL has a multidisciplinary and collaborative culture, and this extends to our partnerships. We work with a range of companies, from multi-nationals to leading British brands, on problems ranging from supply chain security to understanding customer preferences.

These corporate partnerships are long term relationships, and we work closely together to understand the immediate challenges and long term
strategic direction. For our partner companies, these collaborations have enabled new insights and seeded technology breakthroughs, accelerated innovation, sharpened competitive edge and provided new ways of attracting and recruiting the world’s ‘top talent’.

They enhance the global reputation and competitive edge of companies, and create new networks and opportunities for high impact research.

Our Innovation Hub IDEALondon creates the future of IoT, supporting start-ups in partnership with Cisco and EDF.

We are part of the Partnership on AI, working with the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Google to ensure this transformative technology will address important global challenges such as climate change, food security, wealth inequality, lifelong health and progressive education.

We are collaborating with Barclays to build on the success of the UK legal sector and play a leading role in transforming law-tech in the future.

Working with 16 law firms, EagleLabs have transformed an old bank into a thriving SME hub.

To find out more about setting up a corporate partnership, please contact Jane Butler.

Continued Professional Development and Bespoke Training Courses

At UCL Engineering we understand that in order to build your business you need to stay on top of the latest research and development, and skill sets for your workers.

We believe that learning continues throughout an employees life and offer a range of flexible and adaptable courses for businesses from short courses to part-time MScs.

UCL's Life Learning team provide cutting-edge short courses and CPD for all businesses and can work with you to create bespoke courses, serving your business interests for now and into the future.Within the Faculty we offer MSc and MBI award-winning innovative training courses that work with your company. 

Please contact the relevant department to find out about the specific courses available to you.

You may also be interested in our Insights into Emerging Technology Series (see below).

Consultancy and Expert Witness

UCL Consultants is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL, dedicated to helping industry and government access the knowledge and expertise at UCL. Consultancy projects range from individuals providing their expert advice for a few hours, to multi-disciplinary teams working with external partners to solve complex problems.

UCL is committed to expanding the breadth and depth of our academic expertise outside traditional academic silos. Our range of multidisciplinary, topic-centred Institutes and Centres means that we are particularly well placed to bring together experts from different fields to meet your needs.

UCL also has some of the world’s leading experts in their field who can act as expert witnesses in legal disputes. Our academics have fulfilled this role in a wide range of areas, including patent disputes, civil litigation and forensic testing.

Centres for Doctoral Training

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are centres of excellence for PhD level training in an industrially relevant topic. Students receive high level teaching, industrial experience, and gain valuable theoretical and practical training.

Becoming a partner on a CDT provides access to cutting edge research and world-leading expertise.

A CDT’s programme is structured to ensure students study the fundamental topics in their first year, and go on to design their own doctoral project with collaboration from a relevant company.

This provides ‘real world’ relevance to their study, and allows companies to explore fundamental research questions in a university environment.

Conception: A PhD entrepreneurship programme for UCL Engineering

An increasing number of PhD students in UCL Engineering are creating companies based on their cutting-edge research inspired by the success of previous UCL companies like DeepMind and Satalia.

While technical know-how is crucial to a start-up's success, it is equally important to have entrepreneurial know-how and industry knowledge.

Experienced entrepreneurs, industry professionals and investors are able to fill the knowledge gap that many students may lack. Conception takes a novel idea, then builds a team of PhDs, professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and clients to accelerate the development of a Minimum Viable Product with lower risk.

The programme focuses on team building, combined with investment and a light-touch training and mentoring programme, to create leading tech start-ups.

Insights into Emerging Technology

A deep dive introduction to emerging technologies, from researchers at the cutting edge of science & engineering and leading industry figures with experience in digital innovation.

UCL is bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators across industry to explore the applications of novel research through a series of lectures and workshops.

Participants gain an overview of the sector from both a research and enterprise perspective, with an option to develop a student research project to apply an innovative technology within their business.

Previous topics have covered Machine Learning, IoT Security, BlockChain Technology and VR/AR.

Internships

The value of practical experience in the workplace allows our students to gain valuable experience of the work environment, but it also allows the sponsor or host organisation to explore a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes and perhaps a fresh perspective on their own organisation and possibly provide an informal extended interview of a potential employee.

UCL Talent Bank is a targeted shortlisting service to help you source good quality UCL candidates efficiently. We invite appropriate UCL candidates to apply for the vacancy by sending emails direct to students, PhD researchers and graduates, and promoting your role via academic departments and UCL’s jobs board, UCL Job Online. We then send you suitable shortlisted UCL candidate applications.

Graduate recruitment

We are proud of our students; our challenging programmes demand high calibre technical knowledge and understanding, as well as excellent group work and project management skills. Our well-rounded graduates are highly valued by employers within not only the Engineering industries, but also in many other fields such as IT, Finance and Consultancy Services.

We are always keen to developing strategic partnerships with companies to assist our students in their development while they are here as well as to enable them to progress once they have left us.

License projects through UCLB

For businesses seeking specific technology solutions, UCLB provides the commercial expertise, legal advice and administrative support required to broker licensing agreements, allowing companies to fully exploit unique technologies with the knowledge that exclusivity and market advantage is preserved.

Through UCLB, academics wishing to license technology have access to comprehensive support services, with Business Managers assisting throughout the process from initial negotiation to concluding contracts.

  • For further information, please visit uclb.com

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Established in 1975, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are one of the world’s leading knowledge transfer mechanisms. They provide academics with the unique opportunity to apply research to real world, business critical projects

Part-funded by both government organisations and research councils, KTP is led by the Technology Strategy Board. Each KTP project lasts between six and 36 months, depending upon the time required to deliver real and transformative outcomes.

KTP enables you to participate in ongoing and rewarding collaborations with innovative businesses that need up-to-date research-based expertise to realise their potential.

Student projects

UCL Students are taught a challenging and innovative curriculum, incorporating cutting edge research and technical problem-solving. We encourage businesses and organisations of all sizes to suggest projects for final-year and Masters student projects, whilst larger organisations may prefer to sponsor a three to four year doctoral research project.

Students gain access to, and experience working in, a real world field that they feel passionate about which enhances their degree training, whilst the “client” gets a motivated and hard working student, with the backing and support of the university.

We work with charities, healthcare, researchers, SMEs, public sector/government and large firms. Host organisations are expected to provide supervisions and guidance to the student, in collaboration with an academic supervisor who ensures a rigourous technical approach to the project.

The Industry Exchange Network and NEXT-STEP Experience Internships were developed by Dr Dean Mohamedally in Computer Science, and will expand to other leading UK universities with the support of the lead corporate partners.

Please contact the specific department you are interested in working with. Projects are typically scoped by mid-February, and assigned to students by the middle of March.

Undergraduates work real life projects with industry clients, providing innovative solutions to practical problems. Businesses get a fresh perspective and the chance to work with some of our brightest students, whilst students have the opportunity to apply their learning and test their understanding of how it applies outside academia.

We invite companies interested in offering our Masters students a sandwich year in industry to get in touch with us! UCL now has a highly innovative 2 year Masters degree, with a year in industry open to students on all of our communications engineering MSc and MRes programmes in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Students apply in their first term for exclusive year-long paid internships at companies both in the UK and overseas. If successful, postgraduate students then complete an extended industry-focused project whilst being mentored and paid by industry. MSc programmes included in this scheme include:

IoT Pathfinder

These small group mentoring sessions supports entrepreneurs navigating the IoT ecosystem. Subject matter experts from UCL and industry discuss the latest technology and best practice in its application, and help participants explore the opportunities and strategies to give their business a competitive edge.

UCL East corporate partnerships

UCL East is the largest ever single expansion of UCL since the University was founded nearly 200 years ago. Our aim is to take a pioneering approach to solve fundamental real-world problems.

We understand that companies are increasingly recognising that to innovate successfully they cannot exclusively rely on their internal R&D. We are keen to develop strategic corporate partnerships in our activities which will include:

  • The Experimental Engineering Labs will comprise new academic activities in unique, innovative and multidisciplinary fields of study, including: advanced propulsion, future manufacturing, and applied imaging. It will support new and existing engineering programmes, and research new ways to educate and train engineers of the future.
  • UCL Robotics is a cross-faculty, world-class teaching and research platform in Robotics and Autonomous Systems developing applications in the life sciences, health care, manufacturing, and creative industries. 
  • The Institute of Making Big, a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world, building on the successful Institute of Making
  • The Global Future Cities Co-Labs, which will advance knowledge towards the improvement of human settlements worldwide, and the strategic use of ICT in sustainable, prosperous urban futures
  • The Academy of Innovative Applied Finance will provide leadership and training for future financial and business leaders, enabling close collaboration between research, financial innovation, industry, and government.

Partnering with us will provide you with the opportunity to accelerate your innovation and competitiveness. Together, we can help drive smart, powerful, and equitable economic growth in East London for generations in this exciting new innovation district.

If you are interested in exploring how you can partner with us at UCL East please contact Tim Bodley-Scott (t.bodley-scott@ucl.ac.uk) to find out more.