Enterprise Events for PGRs 2016

Two events are coming up in July 2016 that will deal with different aspects of postgraduate research and enterprise. Enterprising behaviours and attributes are highly valued by all employers and they are a core element within the Researcher Development Framework (RDF). The RDF has an Enterprise lens that helps researchers understand the context of enterprise I the research community enables researcher to identify how they can grow and nurture these highly treasured skills. As researchers you all have them to some extent and both of the scheduled events aim to help you recognise and apply them.

Being Enterprising with Your Research One day event 13th July 2016

Presented by Scandinavian Stories

The aim of this one-day (six hour) session is to provide postgraduate research students with a toolkit for exploring how they can apply their research output and/or their skills as researchers to innovative ventures in entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, and social enterprise contexts.

The workshop is broken into three, two-hour parts. Participants will work in groups during the workshop, and progress an enterprise idea whose genesis begins with an area of research in which one or more of the group members is active. The groups will have a choice about whether to focus on designing a product or service based upon their research, or to focus on a more academic pursuit such as establishing an innovative research group. (NB For the purposes of the workshop outline, we speak in terms of creating a product or service for which there must be an intended customer or beneficiary, the assumption being that the output from an academic pursuit such as a research group can be thought of as a product or service, aimed at a defined community who are the customers or beneficiaries.) At the end of the workshop, each group will pitch their enterprise idea to the wider cohort, covering all aspects of the work they’ve done during the workshop.

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Enterprise Bridge – One day event Friday 29th July 2016

Facilitated by Dr Richard Hinchcliffe, Geoff Banks, Fiona Geng

Enterprise Bridge is an intensive one day event for PGRs from any discipline allowing participants to work directly with employers on a short consultation project as part of a small team. The event lasts for one day.* The employers will be donating their time and expertise to Enterprise Bridge with a view to giving you an opportunity to test, develop and stretch your enterprise skills. You will be developing your skills around enterprise, engagement and impact including: innovation, creativity, problem solving, communication, project management, customer relationship, research skills and business acumen.

Enterprise Bridge – the day:

8.30: Networking breakfast – participants, business representatives and academics
9.30: Director’s welcome, introductions, what the exercise is about
10.00: Acting as consultants – teamwork and communication
11.00: Team prepares for meeting the client
11.30: first client meeting (opportunities for further consultation through the day)
12.00: Teamwork with break for lunch
3.00: Draft presentation
5.00: Evening presentations to clients – buffet reception and networking
7.00: close

*All partners in the workshop will sign a non-disclosure agreement allowing all participants, employers and research students, to work together freely but with confidential material.

You don’t have to be interested in business to gain valued experience from this event. An enterprising approach benefits research graduates wherever you go – into an academic or research career, into teaching, industry or self-employment.

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