Dr Sarah Rough, in collaboration with Dr Jamie Cleaver (Chem Eng Dept PhD, 1991), has won EPSRC Entrepreneurship Training Funds to deliver a course intended to train up to 12 researchers (PhDs and post-docs) from the CEB Department.
"Essential Skills for Research Entrepreneurs - A Course for Chemical and Biochemical Engineers" will comprise 5 two-day sessions in the 2011-12 academic year. The first two sessions are scheduled for Thur/Fri 3rd/4th November and 8th/9th December (lunch/refreshments included). The course will address a number of aspects, including: the role of a research entrepreneur; the development of communication skills; the concept of effective team building; financial administration, marketing, innovation management and business plan development; intellectual property, ownership and patents. It will conclude with an exercise where teams develop and present a business plan for the exploitation of a new technology.
The course will be delivered by Dr Cleaver: "It's fantastic to have the chance to develop a coherent programme that integrates key soft skills with such a unique focus. I am confident that it will be of great benefit to those researchers who have an interest in developing their entrepreneurial skills. I only wish I had experienced a course like this when I was a graduate student."
PhD students and post-doctoral researchers interested in signing up for this unique opportunity should contact Dr Rough (Course Manager) in the first instance. "I'm really excited about getting this course up and running. I hope to learn quite a bit from it myself" says Dr Rough.