Durham Enterprise School 2014

University of Durham Enterprise School: Monday 8th  – Thursday 11 September 2014. Places on this course have now been filled. Applicants will be informed in the next few days. 

A four-day residential course for Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers in any discipline, full-time or part-time.

Theme:  An introduction to enterprise of all kinds – including small business start-up, social enterprise and intrapreneurship (being enterprising within an existing organisation).

Description:  The 2014 Durham Enterprise School will be held in Collingwood, one of the Colleges of Durham University. Accommodation will be in en-suite study bedrooms and all meals and sessions (including a formal networking dinner with invited entrepreneurs) will be held in the College.

Particular emphasis is placed on the development of the underlying personal skills necessary for enterprise – such as team working, problem solving, creativity, communication etc.  Participants will work in teams of about 9, facilitated by an experienced tutor. There will also be a team of experienced entrepreneurs, who will work with the participants throughout the school. All these ideas are brought together through participants developing and pitching a business plan in their teams. Participants are drawn from the UK and EU so you will be meeting new researchers from a range of subject areas.

Key benefits:

  • Development of the underlying personal skills necessary for enterprise.
  • An understanding of enterprise in a variety of contexts – including start-ups, consultancies, social enterprise, large organisations.
  • Experience of the process of developing and pitching a business plan.
  • Networking opportunities with a wide range of entrepreneurs and enterprise support agencies.

Attendees:  Postgraduate research students and post-doctoral researchers from North of England Universities and the EU.

Expenses: PGR Development will refund the return train fare. There are no other costs – all meals and accommodation is paid for.

The course will run from 09:00 on the morning of Monday 8th September finish on Thursday 11 September at 17:30.  Participants will be required to attend all sessions of the course.  The course will be residential and all meals will be provided.

Available places have now been filled. Applicants will be contacted by Monday 18th August, by email, confirming a place or informing you that you’ve been unsuccessful.