The Innovation Academy adds an interdisciplinary dimension to students’ experience by placing them in multidisciplinary teams to work on various creative design and funding challenges. We also promote engagement across academic and industry boundaries as a means of knowledge exchange through multidisciplinary innovation projects.
It’s a mix that is conducive to creativity and innovation, and develops transferable skills such as communication, project management and design thinking.
At the Academy, we believe that education is a catalyst for innovation in Ireland. At a time when competition for jobs is fierce, we are preparing our students to rise to the challenges of a globalised economy by giving them the tools needed to exploit their ideas in a competitive world.
Don’t take our word for it – what do the students say?
I think it is really important for PhD students to consider the real world application of their research. Therefore, I thought this course was an excellent way to learn how to apply your skills to solve problems in a creative way. Also, the amount of practice we got at making presentations was extremely beneficial. These are valuable skills for any researcher.
Caitriona Logue , PhD Candidate, Economics
In conclusion not only the transferrable skills and confidence but also the whole mindset gained by me through this project will impact on and benefit my thesis and general outlook.
Elaine Buckley, PhD Candidate, Law
On the whole, I learned a LOT during the last three weeks. The course has helped me think about my PhD in a new way, in that it does not have to be a two-dimensional project with predictable outcomes. As well, I am hoping to use some of the activities and ideas we used in my own lecturing, as I want my teaching to provide transferable skills to the students.
Julie Ann Galloway , PhD Candidate, American Studies
Innovation Project Partner Testimonials
Working with the Innovation Academy was an excellent experience. The students produced a great project and invested a lot of time and effort. The concept behind the innovation challenge idea is really great for industry – a short hands-on practical project which encourages and supports innovation and creativity.
Marion Murphy, Fáilte Ireland
Our collaboration with the Innovation Academy came at an important time in our development as a start-up business. We had hoped it would help to independently accelerate both market and technology validation with a young and diverse team of PhD students that otherwise would not be available to us. The detailed output far exceeded those expectations.
Seamus Mathews, CEO, PaySave
This was a very positive engagement for us, as we were able to tap into the keen motivation that emanated from the student researchers in understanding the challenges within the recycling industry.
The students presented a fresh perspective, which aided enormously our management team in the strategic road mapping of Shabra’s future. We look forward to working with the Innovation Academy and PhD researchers on other projects in the future.
Rita Shah, CEO, Shabra Group
Playschool for postgrads: faciliting creativity and innovation in doctoral education using digital resources in, The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland: Case studies in practice from NDLR, Cambridge Scholars Press , 2013, pp165 – 179,[Daniel Rogers, Paul Coughlan, Ruth Kearney]
Daniel Rogers & Paul Coughlan, (2013) Digital video as a pedagogical resource in doctoral education , International Journal of Research and Method in Education , 36, (3), p295 – 308
Suzi Jarvis, Frances Mitchell, (2012) “Ireland’s new Innovation Academy: academic-practitioner partnerships in action”, Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 26 Iss: 6, pp.9 – 13
Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) conference, University College Cork. Workshop: Shoot The Researcher – Communicating the value of your research (Daniel Rogers & Louise Andrews, Jan 2014)
NDLR Symposium 2012 The Digital Learning Revolution in Ireland: Case studies in practice from NDLR: Playschool for Postgrads: Facilitating Creativity and Innovation in Doctoral Education using Digital Resources (Daniel Rogers, Oct 2012)
“The Need for Educational Research to Champion Freedom, Education and Development for All” EERA European Conference on Educational Research, Cadiz: Exploring the Impact of Entrepreneurial and Creative Education Experiences Across Multi-Disciplinary Teams of Students (Frances Mitchell, September 2012)
“Learning by Developing – New Ways to Learn” Conference on Creativity in Higher Education, Laurea University of Applied Science, Helsinki: New Methods in Practical Teaching of Creativity and Innovation for Multi-Disciplinary PhD Student Cohorts (Frances Mitchell, May 2012)
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Open 2012 Conference, San Francisco: Ireland’s new Innovation Academy: Academic-Practitioner Partnerships in Action (Suzi Jarvis, Frances Mitchell, March 2012)
International Opening Conference for CAL4INO Releasing Creative Energy, Riga: Blending Learning, Creative Arts and Business through New Media: Crowd Sourcing, Social Media, Virtual Worlds, Serious Games, e-Learning, Web 2.0 & Other Trends (Frances Mitchell, Chair of Roundtable Discussion, 2011)