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Dr Sarah Rough wins EPSRC Entrepreneurship Training Funds

last modified Jan 28, 2014 02:54 PM
Dr Sarah Rough wins EPSRC Entrepreneurship Training Funds

Dr Sarah Rough

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.

Dr Cleaver
Dr Jamie Cleaver


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.