Connecting with
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It was extremely useful to learn how I can add value in industry and it was inspiring to listen people from industries talking about their career path and experience.

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance ( SULSA )

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for researchers in all disciplines that equips researchers with the skills and confidence required to work effectively with industry.  

Through the programme, you will develop a working knowledge of key business issues that impact commercial organisations, which is valuable whether you plan to pursue a career in industry or collaborate with industry as part of a career in academic research. 

The programme has been developed in consultation with Researcher Development Managers, CDT coordinators and other project leads from over 15 UK universities combined with in-depth surveying of more than 350 researchers and academics.

What do you learn?

Throughout the programme you have the opportunity to work with your peers in a group setting, explore key concepts independently and apply new skills and tools to your current situation.

In this programme you will learn the key elements needed to forge powerful connections with industry and unlock opportunities for tangible, real-world impact through your research. 

Spend time understanding the field you want to move into and that people you talk to will respond to relevance as well as enthusiasm.

How does it work?

The programme is an interactive cohort-based programme that provides researchers with a platform for exploring opportunities create industry partnerships. Additionally, you learn valuable principles that can be applied to future career decisions to work in an industry setting.

The programme offers a blend of group working with peers and self-study to explore key concepts. You will also take part in facilitated group discussions with professionals experienced working in, or with, industry. 

What are the programme outcomes?

Participants develop professional and transferrable skills, learn a framework to develop relationships and build meaningful links with industry. 

You will not only gain essential skills but also get to put your knowledge into action in your own project. 

During the programme you will actively broaden your network, connecting with fellow researchers for ongoing support, idea sharing, and mentorship.

350+ researchers and academics

participated in and supported development of this programme

Past participants experiences

Dr Eva Fernando Dominguez

Associate Professor, Archeology, Durham University

Why did you apply?
There is a huge demand for consultancy services including access to lab equipment and expertise in archaeological sciences. I was interested in the opportunity to look at a business model that focussed on sustainability rather than huge commercial income.

What did you hope the programme would deliver?
I wanted to understand if that type of model was possible.

Did it deliver?
Yes, I really loved the emphasis on validating your customers and understanding your market. I have used the tools to build a business case to secure support for a technician to support the commercialisation work I bring in.

Dr Linzi
Dodd

Senior Lecturer, Electronic Engineering,
Northumbria University

Why did you apply?
I had started a technical development project with a view to commercialise but I had other ideas I wanted to evaluate with a framework.

Where are you now in your journey?
We have a number of ideas we are taking forward, we now have companies engaged and secured further funding to develop for particular applications. We have completed technical/commercial development projects and are looking at a patent filing.

What’s happened as a result?
It gave me the confidence to believe we could take it somewhere.

What was most helpful/memorable?
The collection of tools provided to us. They have helped me weed out the rubbish and focus on the good ideas.

Dr Ulugbek
Azimov

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Northumbria University

Why did you apply?
It looked like it was for ‘people like me’.

What did you want to achieve?
An introduction to commercialisation, which it did. It taught me how to bring my early ideas up to a level to present them. How to speak about my ideas; how to explain them to non-engineers, how important that communication part is.

What’s happened as a result?
I’ve secured 2 rounds of funding for the initial idea I had, I have 4 priority ideas I am working on with the Tech Transfer Office. We are signing an MoU with an industrial partner and applying for Innovate UK funding for an industry-linked project. We are looking at the potential for a spin-out as a commercialisation route for one of the technologies.

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