What type of company can get involved
Our industrial partners are drawn from a wide range of small-to-medium enterprises, city councils, government and non-government agencies and multi-national corporations, (see People for current Industrial Partners). The important factor is that the company must have a UK base and an active role for research within its development.
How does my company get involved in the research?
The project idea comes from you!! It is developed with a UCL academic, who will act as the academic supervisor. You will also need to nominate an industrial supervisor who will be actively involved in the research progress and student recruitment. Finally, during the 4-year EngD programme the student will divide their time between UCL and your organisation. This will offer you an outstanding opportunity for partnership with academia and the best emerging engineering minds.
Nurture your talent
You can nominate your current staff to enrol in the programme. This enables you to raise the intellectual capital of your company and contribute to your employee’s career development. The close relationship you will develop with the University will offer you access to great intellectual capital and counsel. Publications and conference presentations arising from the research will greatly increase public and industry recognition of your company’s innovation.
Work on company projects
Whilst on-site with your company the student is expected to mainly carry out their research. As part of the student development, they can also work on your company’s projects. However, the period of such work should be limited and the nature of the project should be such that it either enhances a particular skill the student will require for the research project, or is directly related to the research and therefore contributes to it. It should be made clear that the student is a research engineer on an EngD programme and is not an employee of the company.
Profit from funding
The EPSRC awards each EngD project £88,000 over the four years, effectively investing in your company’s research and development. This sum covers the student’s fees; research resources, (including equipment and desk space in the newly refurbished EngDUSAR Centre at UCL) and the student’s living allowance.
You contribute a tax deductible £10,000 per year over the same period to help support the research costs.
Interested? - Next steps
Step 1: Download our information pack and help on starting up a project: http://engd-usar.cege.ucl.ac.uk/info/page/title/DownloadourBrochure/
Step 2: Talk to us about finding a potential academic partner for your project
Step 3: Register to participate in the EngD fair