Arcus FM has announced it will be collaborating with Aston University through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project.
The project will see Arcus FM recruit a PhD graduate who specialises in data analytics and computer science, with the aim of bringing together industry and academic experts to drive efficiencies within the growing organisation.
Arcus FM was created on the principle of delivering a total FM solution and has evolved from being a pure managing agent to self-delivering the majority of FM services for its nationwide clients.
KTPs are three-way partnerships which see a graduate (known as an Associate) work with a business to lead a strategic project. Associates are supported by the company as well as the university, which provides academic advice and expertise as well as research facilities.
Discussing the KTP, David Lane, Head of Technology and Innovation at Arcus, said: “This role is an exciting opportunity for someone to take on, a strategic project with the support of mentors from Arcus FM, Aston University and Innovate UK. The project will apply machine learning, game theory and optimisation techniques to enhance Arcus’ utilisation of resources, enabling our business to deliver a sector-leading level of service and efficiency for our clients.
“We’re very excited about what this project will bring to Arcus and also the FM industry as a whole. It really has the potential to be game-changing for the sector.”
The partnership between Arcus FM and Aston University received financial support from the KTP programme. KTPs aim to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK learning base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.