Innovation, Impact and Business Essentials Series

Essential information for all staff who want to generate new funding and research opportunities by working with businesses and other organisations.

These sessions distil key information about how to work effectively with non-academic partners (the what, when, whys and how) and the support available to do so, covering:

  • Engaging with business
  • Research collaboration
  • Impact
  • Consultancy
  • Commercialising your research
  • Regional Funding

This accessible series of short sessions takes place in core hours on Wednesday afternoons in the Forum, Seminar Room 3.

The Series is also an informal opportunity to meet members of the Innovation, Impact and Business team to discuss how they can support you, with a drop-in space accompanying each session in the Forum, Seminar Room 2.

For further information contact research-events@exeter.ac.uk.

Impact: What, Why and How   

Next Session: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 13:30-14:15, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Research England (formerly HEFCE) and the research councils use a common definition of impact:

"The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy."

In this workshop we will explore

-          What really is and counts as ‘impact?

-          Why is impact important?

-          How you can plan for and develop your research’s impact, including the professional and financial support available to help

Presenter(s): Claire Packman

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Pathways to impact in UKRI Grant applications

Next session: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 14:20-15:05, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: All applicants for grants from the UK Research Councils (UKRI, formally RCUK) are required to write an impact summary and a ‘Pathways to Impact’ document as part of their bid. This session will help you to think about how to make the most of this part of your application.

Presenter(s): Claire Packman and Emma Roberts

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An Introduction to Engaging and Influencing Policy Makers

Next session: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 14:00-15:30, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Influencing policy is a key area of research impact. This session is intended to work towards understanding who are the policymakers and policy influencers, what are some of the pathways to engaging with them, and how we can support researchers who would like to engage with policy makers.

Presenter(s): Claire Packman, Jess Hurrell and Lindsay Walker

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Impactful Public Engagement with Research 

Next session: Wednesday 28 November2018, 13:30-14:30, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

What makes for high quality public engagement with research? This workshop explores the key elements that make for impactful engagement with the public.

Presenter(s): Grace Williams

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Intellectual Property and Commercialisation 

Next session: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 13:30-14:00, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session:Intellectual property (IP) and routes to commercialisation are key considerations when developing partnerships or drafting pathways to impact sections for research grant applications. IP is a valuable business asset and properly protecting your IP is important in order to monetise it or control how it is used. This workshop will provide an overview of the main types of intellectual property, ownership of IP, how to secure and protect IP and the typical routes to commercialisation of University IP.

Presenter(s): Neil Hayes

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An Introduction to Exeter SETsquared

Next session: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 14:05-14:35, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: In this workshop we will introduce the SETsquared partnership and role it can play in supporting the development of an entrepreneurial approach to research commercialisation.

SETsquared is the enterprise collaboration of comprised of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. The partnership collaborates around the delivery of student entrepreneurship, research commercialisation and business acceleration – sharing best practice and working together to deliver partnership wide events and activities across the 3 areas of activity.

Presenter(s): Joe Pearce, Head of Business Support (SETsquared)

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Exeter SETsquared Startup Incubation, Business Acceleration and Spinout Support

Next Session: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 14:40-15:10, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: In this workshop we will look at the breadth of support that the SETsquared Exeter team can offer in supporting start-up and spinout activity, including accessing the facilities Exeter Science Park has to offer.

SETsquared is the enterprise collaboration of comprised of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. The partnership collaborates around the delivery of student entrepreneurship, research commercialisation and business acceleration – sharing best practice and working together to deliver partnership wide events and activities across the 3 areas of activity.

Presenter(s): Joe Pearce, Head of Business Support (SETsquared)

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 The Industrial Strategy

Next session: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 13:30-14:00, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: The Industrial Strategy is a major government policy setting an ambition for the UK to be the most innovative nation in the world by 2030 with an investment of £4.7bn. This offers a range of opportunities for the university with commitments to fund STEM skills training and major infrastructure projects as well as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) which will fund collaborations between leading research and business to tackle the big societal and industrial challenges today. These challenges are identified in consultation with business and funding is generally industry led so it is critical to have strong collaborative partnerships in place to contribute to driving the agenda.

This workshop explores the challenge-based structure of this major source of funding, the best ways to approach building industrial partnerships and will help you understand timescales and process for ISCF.

Presenter(s): Rebecca Adams

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Innovate UK Funding Streams

Next session: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 14:05-14:35, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Innovate UK (I:UK) is a major component of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion. I:UK is the agency within UKRI responsible for research, development and innovation focused on productivity and economic growth and it does so through competitions supporting businesses to de-risk, enable and support innovation, encouraging or requiring them in many cases to collaborate with the UK’s research base to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. This workshop explores how the University of Exeter’s academics can engage in I:UK programmes, which range from relatively modest feasibility studies, through to very large multi-partner industrial strategy thematic programmes, understanding  their role and the benefits of participation.

Presenter(s): Jim Grant, Head of Cornwall Business Development, Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager - Energy and Marine

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Regional Funding Streams

Next session: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 14:45-15:15, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Regional funding can be used to support a range of activities from student placements, PhD studentships, research and business engagement.  The University of Exeter, in partnership with businesses and universities in the South West, has secured funding from the European Union to support a range of new and exciting sector-based initiatives that will support the growth of our local economies, including

  • MARINE-I
  • Agri-Tech Cornwall
  • Smartline (Cornwall)
  • South West Satellite Applications Catapult Regional Centre for Excellence
  • Spacetech

IIB has an expert team dedicated to regional funding sources who can help design and win programmes for academic groups. This workshop explores how the University of Exeter’s academics can engage in Regional Funding programmes, understanding their role and the benefits of participation.

Presenter(s): Chris Evans

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An Introduction to Building Relationships with Businesses and Organisations

Next session: Wednesday 24 October 2018, 15:20-15:50, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Want to learn more about building relationships with business and government for your research or education programmes? This session will provide an introduction to working with external partners, give hints and tips for gaining funding from industry and government and will give you an overview of the support available at University of Exeter for relationship building with business and government organisations

Presenter(s): Michelle Spillar

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Degree Apprenticeships

Next session: Wednesday 07 November 2018, 13:30-14:00, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: An introduction to the English Apprenticeship system with a particular focus on the levy, how Higher and Degree Apprenticeships work and the university’s approach. As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the English Apprenticeship system, the key players and the funding model
  • Have insight into the university strategy in establishing Degree Apprenticeships
  • Be able to consider whether an undergraduate or post-graduate Degree Apprenticeship might enhance your educational portfolio
  • See how links with employers can operate through research, student employability and Degree Apprenticeships
  • Engage in follow- up discussions / actions to propose and develop Degree Apprenticeships to deepen links to your sector

Presenter(s): Adele Dawson

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Internships, Professional Pathways and Employer Events

Next Session: Wednesday 07 November 2018, 14:05-14:35, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: The UK graduate labour market is a challenging place for students. With competition fierce, graduates need to ensure that they are able to demonstrate and articulate how extra-curricular activities particularly work experience or engaging with employers can help them stand out from their peers. This session will provide you with some key ways SEAS support our students to develop both their own self efficacy as well as their professionalism specifically linked to their engagement with business.

Presenter(s): Steven Wallers, Employment Services and Placements Manager            

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The Exeter Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Next session: Wednesday 07 November 2018, 14:40-15:10, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Exeter’s internationally accredited MBA programme aims to help students to accelerate or redirect their careers. The Exeter MBA will equip students with the tools and skills in purposeful leadership, innovation and technology to transform them and the world around them. This workshop will provide an overview of the Exeter MBA, how the MBA engages with businesses, and what organisations the MBA engages with. It will explore how academics can promote it to current and future students and their wider network with a view to them engaging with the MBA as a future student or by offering a project or business challenge.

Presenter(s): Camilla Norman

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Consultancy and Contract Research

Next session: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 13:30-14:15, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Working with external partners such as companies and government bodies can be a great way to improve the impact of your work, obtain funding, develop new research material and build links. This session will cover two mechanisms for working with external organisations, contract research and Consultancy. Contract Research is REF attributable research actively funded by industry or government whereas consultancy is the provision of expert advice, analysis and interpretation which draws upon the expertise and knowledge of University staff. Come along and hear about how to get involved in this kind of work, the support available from IIB and some case studies of successful projects.

Presenter(s): Carrie Rye, Commercial and Business Programmes Manager, and Tom Hurles Commercial and Business Programmes Manager (Consultancy)

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Next session: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 14:20-15:20, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are collaborative projects between research and industry which are facilitated by a high-calibre graduate. They are an excellent way to develop strong relationships with industrial partners and apply research in an industrial setting. This workshop will introduce and explain Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), and outline their benefits and challenges.

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how a KTP can benefit your research, teaching and career development
  • Explain how to identify the ‘building blocks’ of a KTP
  • Explain how to utilise support from the IIB KTP team to develop and apply for a project

Presenter(s): Sophie O'Callaghan

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Studentships with Industry

Next session: Wednesday 14 November 2018, 15:25-15:55, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: Delivering studentships with external partners is a great way of building and establishing relationships with industry and external organisations requiring early-stage research projects. Studentships can also be useful when built into collaborative grants, to demonstrate that projects are being co-designed and co-delivered with industry and external partners in mind. This workshop explores the different types of studentships available and mechanisms for establishing successful studentships with external organisations.

 

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Regional Research, Development and Innovation Hubs

Next session: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 13:30-14:30, Streatham Campus, The Forum, Seminar Room 3

About this session: An introduction to the RD&I hub concept developed by IIB to start a targeted conversation with businesses and stakeholders around key challenges and opportunities. The event describes the rationale behind RD&I hubs and particularly how the ‘Discovery Room’ model leads to sets of actions with informed innovation-focussed businesses towards the development of collaborative solutions to business needs.

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the RD&I hub process, your role and contribution to the conversation.
  • Help identify and shape solutions to key business challenges, particularly where your expertise and the university’s facilities can have a positive input.
  • Engage in follow- up discussions / actions to propose and develop collaborative solutions to business challenges.

Presente(s): Jim Grant Head of Cornwall Business Development, Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager - Energy and Marine

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Impacts: what, why and how
Degree apprenticeships
Exeter MBA
Industrial strategy
Engaging and influencing
Building partnerships
IP and commercialisation
SETsquared Exeter
KTP
Professional pathways
Innovate UK (I:UK)