Placements/internships and other short-term research projects
Collaboration on short-term projects is a great way for industrial partners to gain experience of working with Imperial's mathematicians, with a limited commitment of time and resources. Examples of opportunities are as follows:
- Providing the real-world context for a Masters or MRes Project; providing co-supervision and/or sponsorship and/or hosting the student for a short placement. Our Masters courses include the MSc in Statistics, the MSc Mathematics and Finance, and the MSc in Applied Mathematics.
- Hosting a PhD student for an internship for a period of 6 months, say. In this scenario the student benefits from the experience in a different working environment and the industrial partner benefits from the specialist skills and expertise of the PhD student, with a view to potentially hiring them in the future.
Longer term projects lasting 1-5 years
More in-depth research questions/needs may be suitable as a basis for a collaborative PhD project or postdoctoral research project. Such a project could be wholy or partially funded by the industrial partner and would last 1-5 years, with regular review of progress against an agreed project scope. Faculty of Natural Sciences (FoNS) Corporate Partnerships team can provide expert advice and support for longer term collaborations.
- Industry-funded, co-funded or Industrial CASE studentships are a great way for organisations to benefit from cutting edge research and offer excellent value for money. The Department of Mathematics is involved in several Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), which are particularly well suited to collaborating with external partners. For more details on the CDTs, explore the following websites: CDT in the Mathematics of Planet Earth; CDT in London School of Geometry and Number Theory; CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales; CDT in Financial Computing & Analytics.
- There are also opportunities for external partners to participate in collaborative projects/programmes involving postdoctoral researchers. As well as sponsoring researchers, partners can attend or host workshops, host researcher secondments, or provide data/software, etc. As necessary, we can help to explore funding mechanisms such as the College's EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (which can fund secondments and workshops), and Innovate UK schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). KTPs are a three way partnership including the graduate who works at the company bringing new skills and knowledge.
'Maths in Industry' 2-day problem solving workshops
During these interactive workshops, companies present problems to the mathematics solving community, and researchers then work in groups to address the problems. Companies benefit from the insights gained through expert mathematical analysis of their problem, and researchers have the opportunity to make connections with industrial partners and to come up with new ideas and potential solutions for real problems. For details of the workshop format and some examples of problems from a previous event, read our Maths in Industry workshop flyer (PDF).
Providing expert advice through Imperial Consultants (ICON) is an established mechanism for us to share knowledge and expertise with external organisations. Several academics from the Department of Mathematics are experienced in providing consultancy through ICON.