The Bristol Computer Science Industrial Partnership facilitates cooperation and collaboration between the Department of Computer Science and related industries.

How we work with partners in industry

The Department of Computer Science is one of the top centres for the study of computer science in the UK. As a Grade 5A Research Department undertaking state-of-the-art research in computer science,  it offers challenging, up-to-date teaching programmes for more than 200 undergraduates and more than 100 postgraduate students.  An ongoing dialogue with the industrial sector informs all aspects of the Department's activities in research and teaching.


Department of Computer Science graduates are highly sought after. There are a two ways in which we can help with your recruitment:-

  • We can arrange for any advert you send us to be placed on an internal web site and/or emailed around to all the relevant students. Please send a plain text email to Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith detailing the details of the job. No attachments/images etc.
  • We can arrange for you to spend a day in our department. We can, for example, arrange a space for you to put up a stand, a room in which to conduct interviews and maybe the opportunity to give a presentation to students interested in your company. For this more involved service we charge £ 1,000 to cover costs. If you are interested in this service please contact Simon McIntosh-Smith at the address below who will be able to assist you in determining your requirements.


In recent years a number of companies have helped fund and support long term research at the University of Bristol. This is usually in the form of a direct grant to the University to fund a particular research project of interest both to the sponsoring company and the department. The money is then used to employ a post-doctoral researcher and provide facilities for the research.

Intellectual property resulting from the research either rests jointly between the two parties, or solely with the company. This depends on the nature of the initial agreement which is decided during the negotiation of the grant. 

If you would like to investigate such a research collaboration in more detail then contact the member of staff whose research area more closely matches your requirements. Details of key research areas are found on the Research page.

Sponsoring Prizes and Scholarships

We are always looking for new companies to sponsor prizes and scholarships. It is a good way of increasing student awareness of your company, targetting the most relevant courses and units. If you are interested in sponsoring a prize or a scholarship then please get in touch with Examples can be found on the Prizes and scholarships page.

Internationally-leading research

in intelligent systems, digital media, foundations, personal systems, and architecture and design.

More information

Potential partners please contact:-
Dr. Cian O'Donnell, Lecturer
Tel: +44 (0)117 3315235
Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol 
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1UB

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