Below you can find some of the projects we have been working on. If you want to find out more about what we do reach out to us and we can discuss how we can work with you.
Early Career Researchers from the North East Universities have a fantastic opportunity to enhance their career by gaining the tools, skills and confidence required to extract socio-economic value from their research. In partnership with Skillfluence, the Northern Accelerator team have designed a 7-week, online, interactive programme that has resulted in Researchers being able to clearly articulate how their research could lead to commercial and/or social impact.
Northern Accelerator is an innovative collaboration between Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities. It is driving a step change in the commercialisation of research to help address regional imbalance and strengthen the North East knowledge economy.
The University of Surrey Innovation and Impact Curriculum was designed to help support researchers in their impact, innovation and knowledge exchange goals. A suite of workshops, coaching, mindset programmes and horizon scanning exercises were packaged together to create this curriculum.
In the Innovation and Impact Curriculum, courses like Connecting with Industry help develop a researcher’s innovation toolbox and support their commercialisation and knowledge exchange activities.
Working in partnership with the Impact Team at the University of Southampton, Skillfluence Trainers provide a mini-skills curriculum to give Researchers a flash of inspiration and tools they can immediately apply to their research. Popular topics from our SPARK programmes are Creative Problem Solving, Communicate with Impact, Bench to Market and are suitable for Researchers of all levels and disciplines.
Our Connecting with Industry programme has been a hit with Researchers and Academics from the University of Hull. We’ve delivered this programme online, in-person and as a blended approach to suit all learning styles and availability. The programme focusses on how to communicate the value of your research to industry, how to make connections and how to appreciate the pain points being faced outside of academia.
The programme is brought to life through our ‘Conversations’ series, which brings role models into the sessions, providing much appreciated advice, top tips, motivation and confidence boosts!
Working with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Skillfluence designed an 18 month Graduate Leadership Programme. The programme consists of a series of workshops and industry visits to develop the leadership skills of a cohort of aquaculture graduates working in industry. This training programme, which covered a wide variety of topics, gave them valuable insight into their own strengths, weaknesses and transferable skills they need to succeed in their future careers.
A really popular SPARK programme that introduced participants to core creativity techniques and how to apply them to provide practical solutions. It includes learning how to spot possibilities and think strategically with a creative mind set.
“A new and non-academic perspective on innovation” Participant
“I liked the bits on experimenting and the power of asking the right (and many) questions” Participant
The DataLab use our Design Thinking programme as part of their annual induction programme for their cohort of over 100 MSc students across Scotland. It was a design challenge in itself for our team of 4 trainers to deliver in parallel online during the COVID pandemic!
We were lucky to be able to deliver this high energy programme in person in May 2022. The MSc students applied their learning to a live challenge presented by Visit Scotland, which ensured the learning was put to the test in a week of intensive work.