Entrepreneurship for research students

The development of an entrepreneurial mindset is of increasing importance for research students as they prepare for the next stage of their careers.

We are currently working with University College London (UCL) on a major, two-year research project, funded by the Office for Students and Research England, which is looking at developing entrepreneurial mind-sets in doctoral researchers to enable them to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their research and to gain confidence in the commercialisation space.

The project-based course, MCEL60091/2 Innovation and Commercialisation of Research (ICR), is delivered online in scheduled slots throughout the year, including taught sessions and individual tutorials to prepare research students to deliver a 5-minute pitch of an identified commercial opportunity. ICR is delivered three times each year; in Semester 1, Semester 2 and in the summer with 25 students in each cohort.

Each of these student groups is playing a key role in our analysis; the overall aim is that a revised version of ICR becomes part of a suite of modular programmes for all doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers, delivering long-term impact for the sector. The evaluation will help steer the future of doctoral training on a national scale, creating innovative PhD-founder businesses and commercially equipped researchers.

Doctoral students can register to attend the ICR programme by contacting the Programme Coordinator (Lynn Sheppard).