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Research Development

The Research Toolkit is your gateway to all matters research and impact related.

The Researcher Development team provide a wide range of information, training and guidance:

• Postgraduate Research students may wish to look at the dedicated training programme  provided to them
• Early Career Researchers may wish to look at Early Career Researcher Training and Development 
• You may also find Vitae of interest. Vitae is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the development of researchers.

Research Services and Innovation, Impact and Business are working on a comprehensive annual programme of training and development opportunities.

An internal evaluation of the University’s HR Excellence in Research Award was undertaken in 2016 to assess the performance of the University in meeting its obligations. Whilst a substantial amount of development has been achieved to support researchers to be the best that they can and to ensure consistent high quality training and development throughout their careers at the University of Exeter on all four campuses, there is further development and enhancement work that will be carried out. Find out more about the HR Excellence in Research Award.

For more information please contact Gail Seymour.

The University seeks to promote the highest standards of scientific, scholarly and professional integrity and to give due consideration to the ethical, social and environmental issues arising from its activities and actively working to ensure that research integrity is embedded in the University’s research culture and environment.

For more information please visit the Research Integrity pages. Courses are available on Learnupon and ELE.

For more information on any aspect of research integrity, ethics or research governance, please contact Gail Seymour or the Research Integrity, Ethics and Governance team.

Developing your Education and Research Impact:

The University of Exeter’s Innovation, Impact and Business Essentials Series is designed for staff who want to gain new funding and research opportunities through working with businesses and other organisations, or commercialising their research. It provides short ‘how to’ sessions covering: research collaboration with partners; building your impact; managing consultancy; commercialisation and IP; regional funding partnerships; degree apprenticeships; how to build good relationships, and more.

Visit our Essentials Webpage for more information and to book your place.

The  Innovation, Impact and Business Essentials Series provides an opportunity to explore how the Innovation, Impact and Business Team can help you to generate new funding and research opportunities. Our short sessions distil key information about how you can work effectively with non-academic partners, commercialise your research, generate impact, and the support available to do.


Intellectual Property and Commercialisation 

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 and Tori Hammond

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SETsquared Exeter: Supporting Research, Commercialisation, Spinouts and Startups

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, and the development of an entrepreneurial approach to research commercialisation. You should leave this session with increased understanding and awareness of:

- The support available for spin outs and start up

- The factors involved in considering whether you or a colleague can set up a spin out or start up.

Presenter(s): Joe Pearce

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For further support commercialising your Research please contact the IIB Commercialisation and Business Programme Team.

For support in building effective non-academic partnerships visit the IIB Essentials Series.

These short Innovation, Impact and Business Essentials Series sessions provide an opportunity to explore how you can generate new impact, funding and research opportunities by working with external organisations:


Consultancy and Contract Research

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

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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An Introduction to Building Relationships with Businesses and Organisations

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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The Industrial Strategy

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

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

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Regional Funding Streams

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

  • 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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Regional Research, Development and Innovation Hubs

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.

Presenter(s): Jim Grant

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