For information on how your organisation can work with the Data Science Institute, please contact Dr Simon Tomlinson below.
We work with innovative organisations to offer business-relevant challenges for our students to address over a placement of around 12 weeks full time or part time. Students can be based either on-site with the partner business, at the University, or a mix of the two.
The Lancaster University Data Science Programme combines interdisciplinary teaching from four world-leading departments. Collaborating businesses will benefit from expertise from the Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster Environment Centre, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Computing and Communications through one unique programme.
Each project will be undertaken by an appropriately skilled graduate with a background in advanced statistical modelling, computing or environmental applications. Each graduate will be supported by a named academic.
Each partner organisation provides an indication to the University of their wish to participate in the programme by the end of December each year. This indication gives details of the number of placements offered and, in broad terms, their likely topics and objectives.
A contribution of £3,000 is sought from partner organisations. This will be paid to the student as a stipend, roughly equal to the UK minimum wage, for their upkeep during their placement.
Students are invited to apply for the offered placement opportunities from January. The students are interviewed and selected by the placement hosts. Students are assigned an academic supervisor and are expected to produce a detailed project specification by May. The placements take place from June until September, with the student generally spending the majority of this time on their host's premises.