UEA mathematicians have a proven track record of working with outside organisations. This page describes the many different ways in which we can use our expertise to help businesses.
An easy way to 'test the water' and see if there is interest and suitable expertise in a particular problem would be to give an informal talk at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Research. The aim of these talks is to foster potential future collaborations, possibly involving one or more of the options below. For more details see the CIMR seminars page.
In 2012, the School of Mathematics at UEA hosted the 85th European Study Group with Industry. At the meeting, a group of mathematicians from around the world gathered to work intensively on problems brought by outside companies. The companies paid to bring the problem, and in return benefit from discussions with academics during the week and a formal report produced afterwards. More details about the meeting at UEA and future study groups can be obtained from the 85th European Study Group with Industry page.
MMath and MSc Projects
If a small well-defined problem you have might benefit from some work by a fourth-year undergraduate or masters student, it might form a suitable basis for an MMath or MSc project. In return for sponsorship from the company, a student will spend 1/3 of the their year working on an agreed project, under the direction of an academic adviser from the School of Mathematics. For more information see our MMath project information, or contact the MMath Course Director, Dr Hayder Salman.
For larger and/or more complex problems an internship may be more appropriate. With support from an academic partner in the School of Mathematics, a graduate student can spend 3–6 months working full time at your company.
Industrial CASE PhD Studentships
For larger projects that would benefit from a longer period of work, companies can help define a PhD project in collaboration with an academic supervisor from the School of Mathematics. Funding comes jointly from the company and an academic source. For further details, please contact the Mathematics Director of Postgraduate Research, Prof Alexander Korobkin.
Companies can take advantage of the expertise of UEA researchers by employing them to act as consultants. For further details and case studies, see UEA Consultancy & Advice.
Faculty members can be commissioned to carry out specific research on behalf of a company. For further details, see UEA Sponsored Research.