Following Unilever’s renewed Membership at Sensor City earlier this year, our joint commitment to driving innovation within Liverpool City Region is well underway.

Last week, we ran our first Unilever Student Project online event, aimed at strengthening industry and academic engagement in the region, by facilitating collaboration between Unilever and student talent within Liverpool and beyond.

During the event, Unilever’s Beauty and Personal Care Team discussed a number of R&D project opportunities involving sensors, data analysis, programming and robotics, which students and researchers from a range of disciplines were invited to participate in.

The projects ranged in scale and complexity, and included individual stand-alone projects as well as more complex group projects, some of which may require a multi-disciplinary approach.

For those students whose course syllabus includes an option to undertake an industrially-relevant project, it is envisaged that these projects could be undertaken to fulfil that requirement. Alternatively, the projects could be done alongside academic studies.

Over 70 individuals, including Undergraduates, Masters students, PhD researchers and Academic leads took part in the event, keen to find out more about the 14 projects on offer and the scope for developing bespoke, innovative solutions.

The majority of event participants were from our partner universities, The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, but the session did spark interest from across the globe with some students dialling in from as far afield as the University of Western Australia and the Ethiopia Addis Ababa Science and Technology University.

Applications are now welcome from students who are interested in working on the Unilever R&D projects. By getting involved, students will benefit from gaining industrially relevant skills during the placements, an insight into career options, plus valuable experience of working with a well-respected and forward-thinking global corporate.

Funding schemes may be applicable in certain circumstances*. It is also hoped that future opportunities for paid summer internships with Unilever may arise following the successful delivery of these first projects.

For more information about each of the Unilever projects and the application process, please visit the Community page on our website

* Please email info@sensorcity.co.uk for more information

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