Student consultancy projects
A Community Action and Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) scheme in the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Community-student-university partnership in action
Student consultancy projects offer local organisations free consultancy in exchange for hosting a final year undergraduate student project team.
Each academic year we work with small local organisations as partners in our unique student consultancy scheme. Client organisations benefit from free consultancy on systems analysis, information management and strategy, web design or other Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) related matters, in exchange for hosting a project team.
Student teams of four or five "consultants" work in client organisations for up to a day per week between late October and late March.
Only a small number of projects can be run annually, so a selection process is involved.
Apply to take part
Projects vary widely. Previous clients have benefited from feasibility studies on the use of ICT. Others have involved web design and software development. Some look more broadly at enhancing organisational effectiveness through improving non-IT systems.
Projects focusing on computing or social media are encouraged too. We also welcome innovative, exploratory ideas that take advantage of new technologies.
- To find out more, please download our Introduction to Student Consultancy guide (PDF).
- To get an idea of typical projects, see the past project examples page.
- See the selection criteria for information on how we shortlist client applications and select partners.
If you are interested in hosting a student consultancy project, please complete our application form on Infohub (log in required). Please note applications are currently closed.
The deadline for this year's applications was Monday 24 August 2020. Applications are expected to reopen in May 2021, check here for updates.