Business Booster 2021

Following on from the successes of the past two years, we are delighted to announce dates for our 2021 business engagement training programme.

This industry-focused training is designed to give PhD students practical knowledge and transferable skills to support collaborations with business. 

Over a period of six weeks, researchers will learn more about different kinds of business and have the chance to work in small multi-disciplinary research teams. The programme will involve a mix of direct business engagement and MBA-style teaching. Researchers will also gain access to a short course on Intellectual Property to complete individually in their own time. 

Why get involved?

The training is designed to support researchers that are interested in collaborating with businesses within academia, or who are interested in working in the private sector after their PhD is complete. Participants will: 

What’s the schedule? 

All sessions will be taking place online via Zoom. 

  • Week 1 Workshop ‘Business insights, perspectives and teamwork’ : 20th January 09:30-12:30 
  • Week 2 Workshop ‘Start-ups and intellectual property’ : 27th January 09:30-12:30 
  • Weeks 3 – 6: Small, multi-disciplinary groups will work together to interview a business leader and learn more about their organisation/strategic priorities  
  • Week 7 Presentations of business ideas : 2nd March 09:30-12:30 

What’s the time commitment? 

There are 3x 3 hour structured sessions as part of the programme. The exact time commitment will depend on the approach that is taken for your multi-disciplinary group for the group work. However, we anticipate that the group work will be up to 1 hour per week for weeks 3-6.  

Am I eligible?

The programme is open to second and third year PhD students. Any PhD student is eligible to apply, regardless of funding source. 

To apply for a place, please complete the application form below. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis up to 12:00 on 14th December.  

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Application Form

Apply now by filling in the application below by 12pm on Monday 14th December.

Sorry, applications for the Business Booster training have now closed.