The Department has always had strong links with industry, committed to transferring knowledge from theory to practice. We collaborate with key UK and global industries (e.g. Google, Diageo, NHS, Ministry of Defence, Scottish Water, Scottish Power, etc.) through a broad range of mechanisms.
Our research, consultancy, and industrial interactions help with technology development while our CPD and internships support staff training and graduate recruitment. Each mechanism has different advantages, and we are always keen to develop new partnerships. If you would like to work with us or to find out more, please contact us.
As a Business School, our laboratory is almost any organisation regardless of size. We have worked with all manner of enterprises from sole traders to multi-nationals across all sectors. We believe the quality and value of our academic output is a function of the relationships we maintain with our external partners. In the last few years we have conducted research and delivered papers in partnership with local, national and international organisations.
IDeA provides consultancy services to clients where appropriate. These services, usually short term projects, give industry access to leading experts in the field of Decision Analytics. In addition, it provides a low-cost, low-risk mechanism to engage with IDeA and potentially build a long term relationship with Management Science.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is one of the flagship funding mechanisms of Innovate UK. KTPs aim to meet a core strategic need of your organisation and identify solutions to help your business grow. KTPs often deliver increased profits for businesses through improved quality and operations, increased sales and access to new markets. Projects are typically 50% (or more) co-funded by Innovate UK.
Engage with students
The success of our Postgraduate programmes is underpinned by our students work on solving real business issues.
First, students work on short projects for companies throughout the year as part of their learning. Second, students spend three months working with organisations from all sector types where they deliver a piece of consultancy work. Companies to participate recently include Tesco Bank, the Scottish Government, dstl, SIMUL8, AMEY, and M&Co.
Finally, every year in January, students complete a three-week apprenticeship with organisations. The apprenticeship scheme forms a vital component of our programmes. Through the scheme, many of our students spend an invaluable 3 weeks embedded in the analytical function of their host organisation. Students work on all manner of projects that link directly to their classes, allowing them to deliver real work that can make an immediate impact on their host organisations. Every year, our students gain not only valuable experience that is relevant to their job hunt but also make contacts that can be of assistance throughout their career. Examples of some of the host companies for 2018 apprenticeships are: Aegon; Capita; Diageo; Doosan Babcock; Rolls Royce; Scottish Police Authority; Scottish Rugby Union; SYSTRA.