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Our Clients, Customers & Partners 

We work with university managers and leadership to deliver outcome-focused training and skills development programmes for researchers, PhD students and university staff. Our clients include:

Managers of
Postgraduate Students 

University managers responsible for researcher development, CDTs and skills development programmes for innovation centres and research pool initiatives.

Research and Academic Staff Developers 

University managers responsible for skills development programming related to Impact Accelerator Accounts, ongoing staff development and REF & KEF teams.


University, faculty and departmental leaders responsible for supporting skills development and culture change related to innovation, knowledge exchange and impact.

Universities we work with

Impact-Focused Skills Development

We specialise in training that equips researchers with the tools, skills and confidence in the areas we’ve identified to be most directly linked to delivering increased levels of innovation, knowledge exchange and impact.
We focus on 3 key competency areas:


Effective communication is fundamental to delivering impact. Whether it’s translating research into simple language, delivering engaging presentations or being able to speak the “language of business”. We have a range of programmes that help make researchers more effective communicators.


The ability to translate research into commercial opportunity is more important than ever. There are proven tools, frameworks and processes that can be used to extract commercial value from research. We have a range of programmes to help researchers embark on their commercialisation journey with confidence.


It’s impossible to deliver meaningful impact without collaboration. Whether it’s engaging with partners, funders, customers, policymakers, the public or other researchers. We offer a range of programmes that teach researchers how to build and nurture valuable long-term relationships with key stakeholders.

Programme Types

We offer 3 key types of programmes, each designed to deliver specific objectives.
Most programmes can be delivered on-line or in-person.


SPARK programmes are quick-hit skills development programmes designed to help participants learn specific skills, frameworks or tools. They typically are delivered in 90-minute, ½ day or Full-Day formats and can be delivered in-person or on-line.


IMPACT programmes are deep-dive programmes that bring together multiple competency areas to focus on delivering specific outcomes and meaningful behaviour and mindset changes. They include on-demand learning, live workshops and speakers.


ACCELERATE programmes are highly focused programmes designed to help individuals and teams accelerate the development of a specific project. These programmes typically involve a combination of skills development and implementation coaching.

We offer bespoke programmes and services including custom training, facilitation and strategic consulting.


People Trained


Higher Education Partners


Industry-Leading Trainers


Hours of Training Delivered


We design and deliver impactful training experiences. These experiences are built on 5 key design principles.

Highly Relevant Content
Always relevant to participant challenges and issues.
Designed for Engagement
We create dynamic programmes to engage learners.
We adapt processes and frameworks for researchers and academics.
Output Focused
Our programmes deliver tangible outputs and action.
Tools & Frameworks
We include practical tools and frameworks participants can use immediately.

Driven by participant success

What this programme offers, as attendees prepare to transition out of the post-doc years is beyond compare. I only wish I could have attended when I was a PhD student, making the move into both advising industry in my specialist research area, and self-employment nearly 20 years ago. Skillfluence have cracked a tough nut in this offering.

Suzanne Doyle Morris
CEO of Inclusiq

It was a really useful experience for me. I’ve gained a huge amount of skills to help further my research. It’s really going to help me to plan out what industry could need in the future.

John Phelan

You were awesome at facilitating the workshops. I loved the way you skilfully ensured we kept on track and achieved the learning outcomes. As an entrepreneur and researcher, I loved the session and will definitely be part of my toolbox. Thanks again!

Joojo Kye-Sarpong, PhD Student
University of Sunderland

I thought the course was very good and useful, the idea generation side of the course was fantastic, I felt this was an area I was already strong in and so surprised by how much I got out of it, I will definitely be using these techniques going forward.

Jamie Kelly, Scientist
The Pirbright Institute

This course has completely changed my attitude to commercialisation – you can be both academic and an innovator, and I now know who to speak to pursue potential commercialisation opportunities, and understand the immense value of networks. 

Northern Accelerator

The breakout room activities provided a platform to speak with colleagues from across Faculties and other Departments. Currently we are working hard within our own Departmental silos but this experience revealed how many colleagues across the University are sharing the same challenges, while managing a host of competing priorities. There is strength in numbers, united in the moment.

University of Hull

Case Studies & Successful Projects

Over the last 7 years, we’ve developed a track record for delivering successful projects for top universities and research centres across the UK & Europe.

Built for Higher Education

Delivering exceptional training experiences in Higher Education requires more than just great trainers.  Over the last 7 years, Skillfluence has built a cross-functional team and supporting systems required to deliver end-to-end skills development experiences for Higher Education. 

Marketing Team


Provides marketing and promotional support for high levels of participant engagement

Dedicated Programme Managers


Programme management team to ensure seamless delivery of every programme.

Expert Trainers


With a team of 30+ trainers, we can provide a trainer with the right skills, expertise and delivery style for any situation.



Our programmes are grounded in proven educational theory, brought to life with relevant examples, engaging exercises and output-focused activities.



An in-house team of visual designers who make sure all materials look great and are easy to use.



A dedicated event management team who takes care of the logistics associated with running an event.

Skillfluence Team

The Skillfluence team is made up of a group of individuals who are passionate about skills development in Higher Education. Each team member brings a unique skill set from academia, industry, entrepreneurship, training design & delivery or programme management, which combined allows us to create and deliver exceptional training experiences.

Alison Gray
Dr Rachel Clark
Zach Sorrells
Sharon Lennie
Training Co-ordinator
Thomas McFerran
Technical Development Lead
Ryan Carenduff
Deputy Head of Enterprise Programmes
Gillian McGill
Talent Acquisition Manager
David McCall
Start-up Entrepreneur Coach
Zoi Kantounatou
Start-up Entrepreneur Coach
Nora Aubry
Programme Design Assistant

Expert Trainers, Facilitators and Coaches

With over 30+ trainers, facilitators and coaches, we can deliver a wide range of content and delivery styles, and have the ability to deliver multiple large programmes simultaneously

Victoria McCallum

Victoria is the Project Manager for the Pathfinder Accelerator Course run by Skillfluence for Highlands...

Laurie MacPherson

Laurie has an employability background and mentors people to find roles that they love at...

Evelyn Simpson

Evelyn is a highly experienced business coach, trainer, mentor, and NXD. She is a self-confessed...

Jennifer Steven

Jennifer is a Careers Consultant currently working for the University of Edinburgh with responsibility for...

Julia Shalet

Julia Shalet, also known as Product Doctor, is an award-winning innovator, product mentor, qualitative researcher,...

Dr Jen Allanson

Jen is a successful academic with an international profile. In 1999 she became the first...

Heather Livingston

Heather is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach. She specialises in helping individuals and groups...

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox is a film director, author and nerd-whisperer. She has over 15 years of...

Dr Ian Archer

Dr Ian Archer joined the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre as Technical Director in 2015...

Dr Hannah Roberts

Hannah is a career coach and professional skills trainer. During her extensive academic and industrial...

Dr Jamie Gallagher

Jamie is an award-winning engagement professional specialising in engagement, impact and evaluation. He works across...

Jamie McCallum

Jamie delivers training programmes that draw on his specialist experience in business strategy, innovation and...

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