Collaborative project

A key feature of many of our programmes is the Collaborative Project module, where a cross-section of students address a brief provided by a real business or organisation.

About the Project

Students from across the University form interdisciplinary teams and use their individual experiences and expertise to solve a real business problem, provided by one of our corporate partners. The team work together for the duration of a semester to explore innovative and creative solutions to their brief, before presenting their findings to their business partner.

This exciting module enables students to develop their knowledge through experiential learning, by working with one another and in partnership with a real business or organisation. Each student is able to develop their problem solving skills, and can experience real-life strategic planning, commercial awareness, communication and team working.

Our partners

Previous companies included a range of multinationals, SMEs and start-ups, including: AECOM, Bespoke Beverages, Blaze, CCD, Cisco, City Insights, FDM Group, Flamingo Group, Foster+Partners, MediaMath, Speedo and Youth Sport Direct. This year we have involved more companies, as well as introduced NGOs, not-for-profit organisations and charities to the project. Examples of previous projects can be found below.

If your company or organisation would like to participate in an interdisciplinary collaborative project, please contact Ashley Gray or Adam Adesina.

Case studies

Foster + Partners

The digital future of live sport

Students worked with Foster + Partners, a worldwide architecture and design company.

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Bespoke Beverages

New coffee shop venture

A selection of students worked with Bespoke Beverage to develop a proposal for a luxury coffee shop in Hackney Wick, which adheres to Bespoke Beverage’s brand identity and values.

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Increasing swimming participation

Some of our students worked with Speedo, a manufacturer and distributor of swimwear and swim-related accessories.

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Product development for cycle safety

Students experienced working with Blaze, a company based in East London that reinvented the bicycle light so that no cyclist is unseen.

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City Insights - The Power of Here

Discovering a sense of place

Student groups also worked with City Insights, a company interested in cost-effective entry to the mobile communications revolution.

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Improving the theatre experience

As part of the Collaborative Project module students worked with CCD, a leading human behaviour and design agency based in London.

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