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Industry Challenges


Are you a creative-industries related business with a software-based challenge?

The University of Bristol is looking for ‘real-world’ ideas and projects such as apps, interactive websites, dashboards and other software systems, from individuals and organisations for our MSc Computer Science students to work on during summer 2024.

A dedicated student team will take on your project, working in teams to design, test and evaluate a prototype system or an application between June 2024 – September 2024.


If your organisation has a software project idea, we can connect you with student talent at the University of Bristol’s School of Computer Science.

Why get involved?

Businesses and organisations that take part benefit from:

  • an opportunity to explore new ideas or novel technologies.
  • dedicated student development effort to focus on a problem or an opportunity that you have identified.
  • establishing a relationship with group of highly skilled students
  • giving your staff an opportunity to up-skill through mentoring students, writing client briefs and matrix management
  • raising the profile of your company by publicising participation in the scheme.
What can you expect?

Projects will typically involve the design, development and evaluation of a prototype system or application. Teams are expected to take a professional approach to the project, developing a clear project plan, with milestones and deliverables and making use of appropriate tools for project management and version control.

Postgraduate projects are completed over the summer months, whereas undergraduate projects happen between October and May. If those time frames influence your participation, please let us know when you submit your form. 

Our ask of you

First and foremost, this project forms part of the students’ assessed work and their priority is to meet the academic requirements of their course/programme. We therefore ask that any projects you submit are not critical to your company or organisation and do not require specific or restricted implementation that may conflict with learning outcomes.

Ideas do not have to be fully formed. Feel free to submit initial thoughts or express an interest. Our academic staff determine what is suitable and are happy to discuss your needs.

We provide student effort without charge to you as clients. The main investment from you is in-kind. We expect you to commit to meeting your student teams on a regular basis. The students’ project management methodologies involve client liaison so they can present their progress, gain feedback, and discuss the next steps. These meetings steer projects towards a mutually agreeable outcome.


Peter Oliver, ILO Senior Administrator (Projects)
Industrial Liaison Office, Faculty of Engineering
[email protected] 

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