The Enterprising researchers programme is designed to empower researchers to think differently about their research through developing enterprising behaviours. We will focus on developing the skills to define and market your enterprise idea.

This programme covers a range of enterprise and innovation skills aimed at helping you to develop your research and enterprise ideas further. Starting with a day-long workshop on creativity and generating ideas it builds to cover a range of different aspects of idea development, funding and implementation over a series of six half days giving you the opportunity to generate and develop your ideas into a plan that you could submit for the competition at the end of the process.

This programme is externally accredited by the Institute for Leadershp and Management. If you complete all the sessions and the coursework, you will be eligible to submit for a level 3 qualification in Enterprise (this will require a small administration cost payable personally).

This is a 6 part programme (1/2 day sessions) with the following sessions:

Creating Creativity for Enterprise

  • Being enterprising to make something happen
  • Taking an idea and developing it
  • The importance of money in enterprise development
  • Networking and enterprise development
  • How to get others interested in your enterprise
  • Putting enterprise plans and presentations together

The creativity workshop kicks off the programme and will cover a practical range of tools and techniques for idea development with activities designed to stimulate the creative process to either generate ideas or develop existing ones.

Being enterprising to make something happen

This workshop explores what it means to be enterprising exploring standard definitions and (creatively) coming up with a personal definition of 'what being enterprising means for me' and hearing from others what it means for them to widen and shape a personal definition.

Taking an idea and developing it

Having an idea is one thing. Having multiple ideas is another. But what do you do to take ideas to the next level? This workshop explores some of the avenues to develop ideas into projects, proposals or collaborations.

The importance of money in enterprise development

Research. Social enterprise. Commercial organisations. They all rely upon money to survive and develop. In this three hour workshop we will explore issues to do with money generation, money management and sizing a project or proposal financially.

Networking and enterprise development

Enterprise isn't developed in isolation and networking plays a key part in developing and making something happen. Why network? Who can help you in your network? and Who do you need to know better?

How to get others interested in your enterprise

Bringing your ideas together with your network is the subject of the fifth workshop which will take a practical slant on how to get others interested in your ideas and enterprise, how to sustain that interest and gain a wider commitment to what you are doing.

Putting enterprise plans and presentations together

This final workshop focuses on preparing your ideas for formal audiences: the key things to include, presenting your ideas and plans concisely and at a big picture level whilst being able to support them with detail.

Dates

This programme runs in September - November.

Please contact the RDU for more information and to find out when the next programme will run in 2013.