Prospective Partners

We are always looking for additional partners to add to the variety of industrial research collaborations on offer to STOR-i students. If you would like to explore possible collaborative opportunities or arrange to visit the centre, please contact Prof Idris Eckley, STOR-i Co-Director.

What does it mean to be an industrial partner with STOR-i?

1. Our model is based on the tried and tested UK Research Council’s CASE PhD scheme.  

2. We will collaborate on a project which addresses key questions arising from your business requiring leading edge statistics and/or operational research. For examples of existing projects, please click here

3. A PhD student will work on the project for 3 years under the supervision of a STOR-i academic. Our model also encourages additional supervision provided by a member of the partner’s staff. 

4. You will also gain access to STOR-i’s unique range of industrial engagement and knowledge transfer activities offering benefits not available in standard academic-industrial project collaborations. Please contact Prof Idris Eckley for further details. 

Note that in our experience consultancy projects do not tend to be suitable for PhD projects due to the short time frames required to achieve project deliverables. In addition such projects tend not to contain the substantive research problems that are essential for the successful completion of a PhD. 

What are the benefits for the industrial partner?

1. By collaborating on a project you will work with a highly motivated and skilled research student with skills in statistics and operational research. Their training during the MRes has specifically prepared them for collaborative research with industry.   

2. The student will work on this project for the three years of their PhD allowing either substantive long term projects to be addressed or a series of inter-linked shorter projects. 

3. Collaboration with the student’s supervisor, an academic within Lancaster’s internationally recognised statistics and operational research groups. 

4. Opportunities to network with other STOR-i students - like-minded, high potential students with a proven track record of academic excellence and a focus on careers at the interface of statistics, operational research and industry. 

Don’t take our word for it – take a look at the list of organisations already partnering with STOR-i. 

Other benefits include access to STOR-i research activities including our seminars, research group meetings and a range of other knowledge exchange events designed to help our partners find out about the centre’s activities and network with colleagues in other industrial sectors.

What input do we seek from the industrial partner?

1. All industrial partners are asked to make a modest financial contribution to the project. This money is used to enhance the stipend for the student over and above our standard stipend for STOR-i studentships (encouraging recruitment to the project) and contributes to other activities within STOR-i. 

2. Supervision time to provide problem specific input and help ensure the effective integration of the project within your organisation. 

3. Travel and subsistence costs for the student when working on placement with the partner. Such placements provide a valuable opportunity for knowledge exchange between student and partner. 

There is no fixed model for such visits, with placement types varying between partners and projects. Typically students spend between 1-2 months a year at the partner’s offices. These visits can be anything from several two-day visits on a regular basis or one longer visit per annum. More frequent shorter visits have the advantage of ensuring regular input into the project and good team building with the industrial supervisor. Longer visits allow students to become a more integral member of the team and can ensure better integration of both the work and student within the partner organisation. We would be happy to work with you to identify the visit plan which best suits your needs.

4. Several of our existing project partners also visit STOR-i at regular intervals to participate in various events and discuss progress on the project with the student and STOR-i supervisor.