COLLABORATION FOR MUTUAL BENEFIT
The School of Engineering is engaged with Industry on a range of levels and through a variety of activities. The main undergraduate engagement is via Industrial Placement. These carefully planned and managed placements facilitate students working with industry partners in Ireland and abroad for 6-8 months (January-August) as part of their degree studies. Many students return to their placement company after graduation and Graduate Employment is also obviously core to our Industry engagement. The School works very closely with the WIT Careers Service in helping companies recruit our graduates.
Engagement is also central to the School’s Postgraduate and CPD courses. We facilitate employees of partner firms to up-skill and enhance their knowledge while continuing to perform their roles in industry.
The School is also increasingly engaged with Industry through Applied Research projects that have a direct positive business impact. These projects range in level, breadth and depth depending on the requirements of individual companies and the associated funding mechanisms. There are a number of national funding supports which can be used including Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher and Innovation Partnership schemes. The EU Horizon 2020 programme also offers the possibilities to leverage funding for partnerships between companies and the School of Engineering.
The SEAM Research Centre and the other Research Groups in the School of Engineering have helped approximately 120 companies improve their products, processes and people through applied research projects. All enquiries regarding potential future projects are very welcome and can be made directly to the relevant contacts in our Research and Innovation section.