1. Innovation, collaboration & business insights

    Audience: Academic staff, External, PG research, PG taught, Professional staff, Research staff, Research supervisors

    Times: 09:30 - 12:30

    Date: Tuesday 28 April 2020

    Programme: Passport to Research Futures

    Key details: *NEW* component of the Passport to Research Futures / Lunch not provided

    Target audience

    Research Staff, Academics, PGRs / Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme participants / Passport to Research Futures participants will be prioritised a place

    Qualifications needed


    Course pre-work


    Course mapped to

    A3, B3, D3 (Knowledge & intellectual / Personal effectiveness / Engagement, influence, impact)

    Course information

    • What is innovation and how can it be applied to research projects?
    • Universities are hot beds of innovation but how do you engage with external organisations?
    • What skills do you need to develop in order to build a company of your own?
    • Where do you find funding to kickstart your idea?

    This workshop will introduce researchers to business fundamentals and give an overview of university entrepreneurship using examples. We will analyse and discuss a case study of a business that is trying to scale but is faced with considerable challenges. We will also cover the various aspects of the commercialisation process and discuss a range of tools that you can use to assess your own business idea. The workshop will include short presentations by the instructor, discussions, group work, case studies and examples from the instructor’s own experience.

    Programme: Passport to Research Futures 

    Also open to external Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring Scheme participants

    Passport to Research Futures participants will be prioritised a place 


    Reducing Passport Plastic: 

    To help us reduce the use of single use plastic, please bring along your own reusable coffee cup / water bottle to your Passport to Research Futures events. 

    Aims and objectives

    At the end of this workshop researchers will have:

    • been introduced to a business case study and discussed it in detail in groups and as a class
    • an understanding of how researchers engage with external organisations
    • improved their awareness of the commercialisation process.


    Dr Joanna Young (external: The Scientific Editing Company)

    Dr. Joanna Young received her BSc (microbiology), MSc (informatics) and PhD (in neuroscience & informatics) from the University of Edinburgh prior to completing a three-year postdoctoral position there. During this time she published several papers and regularly presented her work at international conferences. Joanna set up her company, The Scientific Editing Company, in 2010 and now works with researchers from all over the world.



    Parliament Hall

    Course provider

    Email: coursescapod@st-andrews.ac.uk