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The PhD Hub implements a coordination mechanism triangulating the needs of businesses, universities and students at both local and European level. This will trigger new funding opportunities since calls for cooperation both from university and corporate partners will allow to match research needs and allow for public/private partnerships in research activities.

Goals

To increase research opportunities
To match funding sources
To ease knowledge transfer
To internationalise doctoral training

To increase research opportunities

To match funding sources

To ease knowledge transfer

To internationalise doctoral training

Universities

Universities have set as their mission to contribute to the knowledge of our societies by carrying out fundamental and applied research activities. With the increased availability of funding and clearer perspectives for research results, it is also expected that students will be more likely to apply for PhD studies, therefore enabling universities to recruit from a larger group of students and to attract the best talents needed for the knowledge-based society.

Businesses

Businesses need innovation within their market to remain competitive and face a globalised competition. This is even more important for SMEs which do not necessarily have the capacity of creating their own research department and therefore rely on external support.. It appears that SMEs are also not aware of the knowledge, skills and potential asset of PhD holders, hence a structured cooperation can create a great amount of opportunities in this field.

PhD Students

Phd students also stand to benefit since their contacts with local and international business partners will increase through the European PhD Hub – this will provide them with the opportunity to perform placements abroad and carry out research activities for companies, therefore solving a practical challenge a given company is facing.

Universities

Universities have set as their mission to contribute to the knowledge of our societies by carrying out fundamental and applied research activities. With the increased availability of funding and clearer perspectives for research results, it is also expected that students will be more likely to apply for PhD studies, therefore enabling universities to recruit from a larger group of students and to attract the best talents needed for the knowledge-based society.

Businesses

Businesses need innovation within their market to remain competitive and face a globalised competition. This is even more important for SMEs which do not necessarily have the capacity of creating their own research department and therefore rely on external support.. It appears that SMEs are also not aware of the knowledge, skills and potential asset of PhD holders, hence a structured cooperation can create a great amount of opportunities in this field.

PhD Students

Phd students also stand to benefit since their contacts with local and international business partners will increase through the European PhD Hub – this will provide them with the opportunity to perform placements abroad and carry out research activities for companies, therefore solving a practical challenge a given company is facing.

What will the platform enable?

Case 01

Sara is a master student in Computer Sciences who is very interested in Blockchain technology. Microsoft UK and Birmingham City University open a call for PhD research on distributed cloud storage. Since Sara registered in the PhD Hub network, she is a potential candidate to do an applied PhD research in England.

For Sara, this represents an opportunity to access PhD studies through funding, whereas for Birmingham City University it is an opportunity to strengthen their university-business cooperation. Microsoft UK benefits from academic and skilled labor on fields of its core interest.

Case 02

Spain-based company Advantic Sistemas y Servicios requires research on Real-Time Data Analytics applied to the Internet of Things for the optimization of energy in buildings. The company will use the PhD Hub to find a potential PhD student with a background in Data Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and experience in Internet of things and Data Analysis. While Advantic launches a call for cooperation, the PhD Hub platform matches this need with potential partner universities and PhD students within the network. This will enable Advantic S. to conduct joint research activities and pool funding and expertise with a university. At the same time, the PhD Hub platform will provide PhD students the opportunity to conduct research activities leading to real applications and therefore improving their career perspectives.

Case 03

Microsoft UK is willing to conduct a research on cryptocurrencies. By contributing 8,000 EUR, it launches a cooperation call. A PhD student from Birmingham City University is doing research on this topic. After completing a research period at Microsoft UK, the student is hired because the company realized how valuable her work is.

It's time to meet again!

 


Work meeting and Innovation fest

Published on February 5th, 2018

 

Following the general kick-off meeting, the consortium of the PhD Hub will meet again on the 30th and 31st of May at the Birmingham City University. We will have two days of work sessions. The consortium will discuss the results delivered to set the framework of the university-business and international cooperation, as well as the initiation of the local PhD Hubs. In addition, an important part of the meeting will focus on the work conducted by the University of Alcalá for outlining the feature and technical blueprint of a highly ambitious platform connecting business and academia locally and at European level. This will initiate the process of developing the online platform, led by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the support of Microsoft and LSI Software.

Furthermore, the consortium will attend the Innovation Fest, hosted by our partner Birmingham City University. This is a perfect occasion to share good practices with inspirational speakers and engage in networking with potential PhD Hub business and university partners.

If you want to know more about this event, please visit www.bcu.ac.uk.


It's time to meet again!


Following the general kick-off meeting, the consortium of the PhD Hub will meet again on the 30th and 31st of May at the Birmingham City University. We will have two days of work sessions. The consortium will discuss the results delivered to set the framework of the university-business and international cooperation, as well as the initiation of the local PhD Hubs. In addition, an important part of the meeting will focus on the work conducted by the University of Alcalá for outlining the feature and technical blueprint of a highly ambitious platform connecting business and academia locally and at European level. This will initiate the process of developing the online platform, led by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the support of Microsoft and LSI Software.
Furthermore, the consortium will attend the Innovation Fest, hosted by our partner Birmingham City University. This is a perfect occasion to share good practices with inspirational speakers and engage in networking with potential PhD Hub business and university partners.
If you want to know more about this event, please visit:

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/business/digital/innovation-fest

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