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Knowledge Exchange Projects

Students in their final year undertake an individual project worth approximately 300 hours of work per undergraduate. Alongside other opportunities such as our Year-In-Industry degrees, these projects enable students to tackle a real-world challenge at the forefront of computer science and AI.

Our Computer Science and AI programmes celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our students and offer personalised guidance for their final projects, encouraging students to take on relevant and impactful projects. To support this, we offer Knowledge Exchange Projects (KEPs) as part of our programmes.

KEPs enable partners to fast-track innovation by collaborating with students and academics. They can identify top students before they graduate and build strong relationships with researchers and educators who are world-class experts in exciting areas of Computer Science and AI.

The KEP Programme

We designed the KEP programme following best practices of the Industry Exchange Network. KEP partners propose a topic for our students to explore and let us know the named representative from the organisation who will act as an advisor throughout the project.

We match students and academic supervisors with KEP partners in areas of joint interest such as cybersecurity, data and algorithms, reasoning, and planning, distributed artificial intelligence, human-centred computing, and software and systems.

During their project, students develop proofs of concept and prototypical solutions, which allows partners to explore ideas with minimal cost and disruption to their business.

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KEP Partners submit project proposals. After receiving your proposal, we work with you to refine the topic to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the collaboration.  Year-round; April deadline to participate in forthcoming academic year.  Year-round; October deadline to participate in forthcoming academic year. 
We match academic supervisors in the Department to KEPs that align with their research expertise and interests and introduce them to KEP partners.  May - July  October - November
We run an application and selection process to allocate students to KEPs. July - August  November - December
We arrange a kick-off meeting between students, academic supervisors an KEP partners. Prior to the meeting, the KEP partner makes any essential software and data available to us. September  December - January

Students complete their KEP. 

During the project, KEP partners will attend supervision sessions with the academic supervisor and student. We also encourage them provide interim and final feedback on the project outputs and attend additional group supervision sessions. 

 October - April  January - August

All KEPs begin with a project proposal from a partner wishing to collaborate with our students and academics. We collect KEP proposals year-round, however you will need to submit by specific deadlines to participate during the forthcoming academic year.

To propose a project, complete this online proposal form.

Questions? Contact the KEP team.

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