Future Analytics – Student Placements through Transnational Partnerships

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 Who was involved?
A UK – Irish Exchange

A student from Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University carried out his dissertation in collaboration with Irish Company Future Analytics. Business development managers (BDM) in LEC and University College Dublin, introduced Tom Keeling from Lancaster University to Future Analytics. The BDM’s helped develop the initial scope of the project and supported Tom during his collaboration with Future Analytics.

Who are Future Analytics?
What did the Student do?


Future Analytics are a dynamic SME bringing expertise in spatial planning, development and economic research and are currently involved in projects at the local and European level. They specialise in applying evidence-led analysis, combining professional knowledge and experience with that of active spatial planning practitioners. For Tom’s project, he was developing energy efficiency indicators for urban areas.  Tom visited Future Analytics at the beginning of the project to discuss and get a better understanding of the project aims and objectives, worked on the project remotely from the UK, then delivered the outcomes in person to Future Analytics at the end of his dissertation.

Impact & Outcomes

Tom developed efficiency indicators for urban areas, looking at household-level and transport energy usage and developed a transferrable tool to compare different urban areas against each other. The transnational student exchange had benefits and impacts for both the student and the company. In addition to the students developing tools that can be used by the company in future projects, the student undoubtedly benefitted from being exposed to a business environment.

Some of the benefits I’d say were developing contacts in industry in the career area that I would be aiming for post-graduation – I got on really well with my main contacts at future analytics, and was able to enjoy time with them on my trips to Dublin. I feel now that if I need advice, or contacts going forward in life I have people that I can ring, or email who can (and would want to) help me. Travelling for business was also a great experience to learn how to work on the go, and abroad – all of which will help me in later life. There are many unforeseen challenges of working abroad which came to light and I now have experience of managing.  I have also been able to talk about my placement in interviews and application forms for graduate schemes. There is always an element of intrigue from interviewers who are surprised to see that I didn’t follow the ‘normal’ dissertation pathway. I feel this has helped to make me memorable and stand out, and ultimately secure my place on the graduate scheme for Barratt Homes”– Student Tom Keeling.

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