Information for Businesses 


You probably have a number of projects you would like to do but simply do not have the time or resources to undertake. Making the Most of Masters can help you. We link you with masters students with the skills and drive to undertake this work.

 

 

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What's involved?

Making the Most of Masters brings businesses (private/public/third sector) and masters students together to undertake collaborative projects typically during the summer months (June to August). Students can be based in the business, the university or a mixture of the two and undertake research that is written-up as part of their degree. This gives students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills developed during their studies and apply them to the needs of the business. Projects can be developed from a range of sectors, linked to a wide range of masters/LLM programmes.

There is a degree of flexibility within projects, so all aspects can be discussed and tailored on an individual basis.  Broadly, you will be required to provide:

  • A Project Proposal: an idea for a Masters dissertation project which will support your organisation. These can be developed by the business or in collaboration with staff and/or students.
  • A supervisor/mentor for the student to manage project progress, provide business context and guidance throughout the project.  There will be an academic supervisor at the University to help refine project specifics, and ensure academic rigour.
  • A Project Agreement: the MMM Project Agreement is used to set expectations, agree roles, responsibilities, project outcomes etc. in advance of the start of the project and  ensures best practice. It is hence considered as an essential component although not legally binding.  It poses questions to prompt stakeholders about specific aspects of project management and has been developed as a template to be flexible as it is clear that each project has individual and specific requirements.
  • Evaluate the experience at the end of the project and possibly input to marketing initiatives such as developing a case study.

 

 

 

Benefits

  • Greater links between industry and universities - The MMM project offers an ideal opportunity to work together, sharing knowledge and expertise that can lead to consultancy, CPD and knowledge transfer opportunities ;
  • Cost effective – the project forms part of the student's degree assessment, so the students do not require payment (though discretionary payments and expenses are not uncommon);
  • Recruitment opportunities - Businesses previously involved in MMM have highlighted that work based projects provide an excellent opportunity to "interview" a student, reducing the costs and risks of recruitment. It also provides the opportunity to address the skills gap often identified by employers;
  • Fresh insights to your business area - Students can provide different perspectives to problems and act as new motivated members of the team, perhaps providing training opportunities for your employees;
  • Corporate & Social Responsibility - opportunity to raise public and community profile.

 


  • Do you have research or project proposals but lack the expertise, staff time and/or access to resources to deliver them?
  • Do you have data in need of analysis or interpretation, or simply have some good ideas that need investigating?
  • Would you be willing to support an MSc student with their dissertation?

Contact us 

 

 

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