Think Tank!

12th and 13th of August
Sir Martin Evans Building 

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,, for more information and to submit your application form. Application forms can be downloaded from here; Think Tank Application