Innovation, collaboration & business insights

Online course

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

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2023

Times: 13.00 to 16.00

Programme: Passport to Research Futures
Programme: TRAMS Participant Development
Programme: GRADskills

Key details: Zoom meeting. You will be emailed a link in advance for you to join on the day.

Target audience

All Staff, PGRs / Passport to Research Futures Programme participants / Teaching, Research and Academic Mentoring Scheme participants / Research Staff leavers

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 and Academic Mentoring Scheme participants


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

Course provider