I’m very excited as this is my first blog post as Enterprise Project Officer for Cardiff University Enterprise!! My name is Owen and I joined the team back in May. I’ll be coordinating the post-graduate enterprise programme this year. We’ve got lots of great events coming up and I really think this is going to be the best year for post-graduate enterprise ever.
I just wanted to share with you some details of an event, called Think Tank, that we are holding for the first time over two days on 12/08/14 and 13/08/14. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope after reading this you will too! Details are below and remember that you can get more information from me on BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk.
If you would like to participate, please follow this link for an application form; Think Tank Application. Application forms must be submitted to BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk by 5pm on Monday 28th of July 2014. This is so that participants can be allocated into teams that best suite their skills/area of study.
All the Best,
Academic research staff often offer consultancy services to business and industry. This practice enables them to use their skills and expertise for the benefit of the economy and wider society and is a key strategy for delivering impact on their research efforts. The income generated from offering these services can be used to supplement their income or generate funds to meet research objectives. Enterprising researchers are commercially aware and have the capacity to connect with businesses. Commercial development skills are becoming increasingly important as more and more academic positions now request them.
Think Tank, which is being held on the 12th and 13th of August, aims to develop post-graduate enterprise skills over two days by encouraging students to engage with local businesses for mutual benefit. Students take the role of a consultancy team and are presented with a brief by a consultancy in their field. They must take a consultation with the business to establish what is required, use their unique skill set to produce a solution and present back during a final presentation. Throughout the two day event participants will be given valuable training in consultancy such as ideas generation, communication, winning work and much their time is worth as highly skilled professionals.
Think Tank can develop your consultancy competencies through working with real businesses. If you are looking to enhance your professional development, commercial awareness and meet likeminded professionals within your discipline, both within and outside of the university, then please contact Owen Bidder, BidderO@cardiff.ac.uk, for more information and to submit your application form. Application forms can be downloaded from here; Think Tank Application.