EBIN consultancy projects
Practice-oriented learning through real-world industry projects
As part of the Summer Term dissertation module, you have the option of working with a business to solve a real-world business or technology problem. The EBIN team works with a wide range of local and international companies to provide an interesting selection of high-quality industry projects - see some examples of recent EBIN projects. Some are likely to be well-known names, others will be entrepreneurial small firms working with digital and mobile technologies or seeking to enhance their use of e-business. For many students these consulting projects are one of the most exhilarating and rewarding parts of their EBIN experience – it enables you to demonstrate not just what you know, but what you can do.
How the projects work
- In the beginning, a list of potential projects is drawn up by the EBIN programme staff. Once you have indicated your preferred projects, we assemble project teams based on those preferences, individual backgrounds/experience, and the business requirements of the particular project.
- The consulting projects involve small teams of students (typically three or four per team) working with a client company. Over the ten weeks of the project, your task as consultants is to bring in outside expertise and fresh perspectives, analysing the situation to identify possible options and drawing up actionable recommendations to present to the client.
- During the project, you could be working either at the company or on campus. Each team has an academic supervisor, either from the School of Computing or the Management School, to provide advice and support.
- At the end of the project, each team prepares a client report or other client deliverable, and may also be asked to present their findings and recommendations to the company.
- The project work then forms the basis of your dissertation, which you work on over the subsequent four weeks. In this individual piece of academic work, you focus on a particular research question which has emerged during your consultancy project experience, and you demonstrate your understanding of related theoretical concepts and your ability to reflect on both the relevance and limitations of such approaches.
EBIN students may choose to set up their own business project and arrange the necessary company contacts – though this is always done in close collaboration with an academic supervisor at Lancaster. These student-defined projects can be individual or team projects.
EBIN students may also choose to work on a research project or a start-up project with related dissertation. Regardless of the type of project, it is always done in close collaboration with an academic supervisor at Lancaster.