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Bespoke trustworthy AI solutions for Professional Services

Access world-leading academic expertise to deliver trustworthy AI-based solutions designed for your business challenges.

For over 50 years, Essex has been the intellectual home of the world’s leading experts in data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Recently, we've created a new AI For Services hub to bring together leading academics from across the University to design bespoke solutions for the professional services industry.  

AI can deliver real and tangible benefits for your business. From performing and accelerating repetitive tasks to cyber security to accurately predicting and acting on workloads and employee needs, we can help find the right resource and solution for you.

Simply tell us the biggest business challenge you’re facing and use our specialised AI For Services expertise to strengthen and optimise your business through trustworthy and reliable AI, designed to improve competitiveness, productivity, and performance.

We will also help you secure collaboration funding and manage innovative projects to make your business better. Smarter. Faster.

Areas of expertise that could transform your business

Advanced Analytics

Analyse, understand and visualise your data to inform agile decision making with a greater degree of confidence; enabling you to optimise your operations to gain a competitive advantage. 

Computer Vision and Image Classification

Automate classification and deliver high-level understanding from images or videos to accelerate processes and reduce manual inputs, freeing staff to take on more value-added responsibilities.

Transparent and Ethical AI

Enhance transparency and increase trustworthiness in your AI-based products. Make your underlying business values explicit, increase customer confidence and create a strong evidence base for deploying trustworthy AI.

Machine Learning

Leverage data to improve performance, building methods that 'learn' to deliver and act on workload and customer needs to offer fee certainty with high-quality services. ML can also achieve specific objectives such as fraud detection, automated trading, enhanced risk management and other business benefits.

Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Text analytics and knowledge discovery to increase accuracy and interpret unstructured data leading to an improved understanding of your information with the ability to streamline processes, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction and better understand your market.

Cyber Security

Remove fear of data breaches to enhance trust within the business and from clients. Protect your data and networks with AI that becomes more intelligent over time, helping you to identify known and unknown threats.

Data Literacy

Upskill your workforce to deliver the likes of improved decision making, innovation, productivity and an entrepreneurial mindset; empowering them to deliver in a smarter and faster way.

Predictive Modelling

Efficiently utilise data to predict and forecast outcomes to gain real-time insight, improve customer service levels and make efficiency savings. Identify different groups of customers for targeted analysis, precision marketing and behavioural prediction.

Automation and Optimisation

Automate processes to deliver, for example, touchless claims processing, AI fraud detection and pattern recognition. Then optimise these processes to deliver further improvements and deliver commercial benefits with minimal risk.

Collaborate with us

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

We're number 1 in the UK for the number of Innovate UK funded KTPs

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are part-government-funded collaborations between universities and businesses.

We have successfully secured more Innovate UK KTP funding than any other university in the East of England or London. You could access around £150k through this program. Essex will lead the entire process and have a sector-leading track record at winning this funding. All projects are commercially driven and underpinned by world-class research from Essex.

Come to us with an issue and we'll identify one of our academic teams to work with you and recruit a high-calibre graduate who will be based in your company as an associate to manage the project. 

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Innovate UK Smart Grants, are funding for game-changing and disruptive ideas no matter what sector for UK based companies.

To apply your business needs either:

  • an idea for a completely new product, service or process
  • a brand-new use or an unprecedented use for an existing product, service or process that take it above and beyond what’s currently available

If you think your business fits the bill, contact our Business Engagement team for more details. 

Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT)

This new programme from Innovate UK has been designed to create short-term collaborations between a business and a UK Knowledge Base, such as the University of Essex, to rapidly inject innovation capacity.


Inspired by the highly successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) model, the aim of Accelerated Knowledge Transfer (AKT) is to deliver a fast and targeted collaboration to accelerate the evaluation or development of an innovation project or concept, which has the potential for significant impact for the Business Partner.


The programme offers grand funding of up to £35,000 per project for collaborations lasting two to four months.


Find out more about AKTs with Essex here.


Our academic experts have years of experience working with businesses and organisations of all sizes, regionally, nationally and internationally.

By drawing on one of our 800 academic experts across 17 subject-based departments, you can gain access to specialist consultants to engage on specific projects at a level to suit your needs. Whether it's a short-term consultancy agreement or an ongoing partnership, we have the expertise to meet your requirements.

Our expertise can be applied in many different ways, including:

  • technical advice on product development and process re-engineering
  • product testing and analysis
  • developing bespoke training sessions for you and your team on a specific topic
  • help with market research and business planning
  • survey and research design
  • expert advice on policy, legal and legislative issues

Find out more about Consultancy at Essex.

Meet some of our partners 

Find out more about how we've collaborated with our partners to deliver bespoke AI solutions for their businesses.

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