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Business partnerships
At the School of Computing we have been working with partners in industry, commerce and the third sector on long and short-term projects for many years. We can provide technical expertise, creative solutions, data analysis and bespoke staff training to help you to develop your business.

What we offer you

We offer a range of support to our business partners and have enjoyed successful collaborations with: Erlang Solutions, Google, Jane Street Capital, NVIDIA, Oracle, the Portcullis Group, the Swiss Army, and Wingspan Productions.

How our research can help you

We can offer expertise in five key areas:

  • programming languages
  • cyber security
  • computational intelligence 
  • computing education
  • data science. 

There are many ways you can take advantage of our research in these areas. You may want to directly fund researchers, postdocs, or PhD students to work in areas of common interest, or offer a secondment to a member of our staff to work with you, or vice versa. 

We could help you to analyse data, or give feedback on ‘blue sky’ ideas or prototypes. Alternatively, you may wish to work with us on a wider collaboration funded by the UK Research Councils or the European Commission.

We’re always interested to talk to you about potential projects, so please email with any questions or suggestions.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge and technology. This government-run scheme may offer funding to support your project. 

Joining us in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) gives you access to our world-leading research helping you to develop a strategic business opportunity, idea or innovation. The School has experience of running KTPs in software engineering, e-learning and embedded systems. We can help you decide whether a KTP is the best way to support a particular collaboration, as well as taking the application through from inception to completion.

If you are interested in finding out how Knowledge Transfer Partnerships work, contact the University’s dedicated KTP team.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are part of the University's commitment  to supporting business. Our highly skilled Innovation and Enterprise team will be happy to talk to you about the other ways we can help your company develop. 

Our aim is to provide much-needed financial advice to a wider mass-market client base by reducing our back-office costs. To help us, we are working with the University of Kent on innovative projects to improve efficiency and service quality.

Jamie Smith-Thompson, MD, Portafina

Consultancy work

If you are looking for short-term help in the computing field, our academic staff can work with you on a consultancy basis. We have experience of providing:

  • policy advice, for example on local area networking for local authorities
  • technology evaluation (of specification languages) for a large telco
  • security consultancy.

If you want to talk to us in more detail about possible consultancy opportunities, please contact us

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Kent IT Consultancy

We also run the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC). Our student consultants, under the guidance of professional IT staff and mentored by School of Computing staff, provide a project-based consultancy service for small businesses. 

Many of our student consultants have completed industrial placements for major companies such as Intel, IBM and Microsoft, and so have significant experience in both business and technical roles. 

The digital roadmap the KITC created provided us with both short term gains and an understanding of what we need to do in the next 3-5 years.

Sarah Appleby, Founder, Team Phoenix Foundation Read more

Training opportunities

In a field such as computing, it is essential that your staff keep up to date with the latest developments and the impact they may have on your business.

We are able to offer masterclasses in all our areas of research and have recently delivered masterclasses on:

  • cyber security
  • information visualisation
  • the internet of things
  • trust and identity management.

We can also deliver bespoke training for your staff. In the past we have provided training in various languages, as well as more general topics. 

If you’d like to find out more about the training we offer, please contact us.

Industry placements

Many of our students choose to spend time working in industry – a fantastic opportunity for them but also a great chance for you to work with and assess the next generation of computing talent. If you're interested, take a look at our our Employers’ Guide, or contact our dedicated Placement Team.     

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