Being innovative, enterprising and delivering more impact
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If you want to improve your innovation and enterprise skills to deliver more impact there are number of ways for you to do that. Some are provided by SDDU, others you can pursue yourself and there are a range of opportunities offered by other areas of the university. Click on the tabs below to find out more.
- SDDU opportunities
- Self-study opportunities
- Opportunities across the University
- Funding to develop skills
Opportunities offered by SDDU
- You can access the bespoke support for researchers.
- You can access support to enhance your profile beyond academia.
- You can attend the impact, innovation and enterprise workshop programme for research students and research staff.
- Participants in the workshop programme can engage with the team-based projects, based on the iTeams model at the University of Cambridge, that allow you to practice your enhanced skills on a real innovation from the University's research.
Opportunities you can pursue yourself
- Take a look through the online content and reflect on how you can implement the suggestions in your own research.
- Review the models that researchers who investigate innovation processes and skills have produced.
- Take a look at a the advice offered by other Leeds researchers who have engaged in impact and enterprise activities.
- Review some of the common blocks and barriers to successful impact activities to understand how you can design your research to overcome them. (This material is still under development)
- BBSRC provide funding to develop seminars to support researchers in developing their understanding of impact, knowledge exchange and commercialisation. To find out more go to http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/kec-seminars
Opportunities from other areas of the University
The Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer Network exists for the benefit all staff (academic and support) of any grade, who are involved in this activity across the Institution. It holds regular meetings to discuss and share practice on topics in this area. To join the mailing list http://lists.leeds.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/ektnetwork. Upcoming meetings and outputs from past meetings will be published here.
Public Engagement Project Network: Pepnet is for everybody who is involved in the planning, delivery or marketing of public events or public engagement activities, including academics who are or consider to be involved in these as part of Pathways to Impact activities. The purpose of the network is to establish strong relationships among people who are interested and enthusiastic about public engagement; to share best practice; to develop an understanding of what the opportunities and challenges are; to progress our ability to demonstrate the importance of public events and engagement activities and how they influence the public’s thinking and actions and to establish a broader public engagement presence at the University of Leeds. To keep up-to-date with developments of the network and its activities, subscribe to the email list pepnet here: http://lists.leeds.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/pepnet
Many of the Sector Hubs offer training and development for instance,
- The Healthcare Sector Hub is running a series of 'Tea-cup meetings'. These are short brainstorming meetings to generate ideas for increasing the impact from research. You can use these meetings to get help from other researchers in how to deliver your impact and you can contribute ideas for other research areas. The meetings are short (40 minutes or so) and sweet.
All the Sector Hubs will have innovation and enterprise staff, who are there to help you make the most of your idea.
Research and Innovation Services offers a range of support and guidance for seeking funding, doing commercially funded research, commercialising your idea and providing advice to external organisations (consultancy).
Impact Acceleration Account
The University has received additional funding to support innovation and impact activities between October 2012 and September 2015. The funding is broken down into 4 strands. The Researcher Engagement strand aims to accelerate the change in research culture to ensure impact planning and engagement is an embedded expectation for all researchers. This could include activities in any of the following 5 areas:
Increasing the awareness of impact through masterclasses etc
Improving researchers awareness of the future demands for research from external stakeholders (sometimes called horizon scanning)
Improving the quality of Impact Summaries and Pathways to Impact in Research Council grant applications
Using mentors from industry to assist the identification of opportunities for the application of research
Developing publicity materials for impact awareness within the institution and to increase the publics' engagement with research.
70% of the total funding in this strand is earmarked for bids from researchers across the University. Follow the link to find out more about the application process and to download the application form.
The remaining 3 strands of the account is administered by the Research and Innovation Service. This includes:-
- flexible support for secondments between universities and business or other organisations (in either direction);
- support for early stage commercial development, such as the proof of concept or proof of market activities that might previously been funded by the EPSRC’s follow-on fund awards;
- funding for engaging with businesses and business communities, to sow the seeds of new collaboration and more strategic engagement.
Follow the link to find out more