Core Module One: Creative Thinking & Innovation (10 ECTS)
- Creative thinking in multi-disciplinary teams
- Innovation projects with organisations: real-life solutions
The emphasis here is to ignite creative thinking in students within interdisciplinary teams.
This module helps students understand the key attributes associated with creative thought and innovation and how they might be applied to research in any discipline. We offer an intensive programme of workshops, seminars, design thinking challenges and innovative projects, aimed at encouraging skilled, enterprising individuals who understand their value in cultural, social and economic terms.
Students work in a fun and transformative learning environment that is designed around the practical and transferable skills necessary for successful research.
This module is a pre-requisite for all others in the programme. It is full-time and immersive for 2 weeks, with the 3rd week being more flexibly scheduled according to on-going project work within teams. Students need the permission of their supervisor to attend this module.
(Students take the Marshmallow Challenge)
Core Module Two: Opportunity Generation and Recognition (5 ECTS)
- Communication through digital video
- Complex research made accessible
A core mission of the Academy is to assist PhD students in identifying the skills they need for the development and communication of their research. Digital video is central to how we communicate in the information age.
Make a 3-Minute Movie
At the end of this module, all students will have produced a 3-minute video on their research which they have scripted, shot and edited themselves. Students use these videos to connect with other researchers, pitch for funding or just to impress their friends!
During the module, students are given access to technical equipment and software and workshop their scripts with specialists in academic journalism.
Students are especially encouraged to consider how their research is relevant to society and receive guidance in translating complex phraseology into accessible terms.
The specialised modules focus on developing the entrepreneurial skills of the PhD Researcher
These modules cultivate students’ capacity to implement their ideas. The emphasis is on project management capabilities and the development of transferable skills such as planning, budgeting, team building, leadership and practical steps to protect what is unique about your ideas.
Students choose 3 out of 4 modules to complete the programme:
- Planning Your New Venture
- Protecting & Exploiting Your Intellectual Property
- Creative Capital
- Leadership Development
Planning Your New Venture
This module introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurial thinking and the tools to develop research ideas. Students learn to plan a project around key milestones and concepts, including the essential skill of gathering resources like capital and talent. The key building blocks project management are covered through market research, stress-testing ideas, understanding logistics, risk and funding. Students learn how to bring a positive entrepreneurial mindset to the challenges within their research, and to turn problems into opportunities in any environment.
Protecting & Exploiting Your Intellectual Property
This module enables the understanding, early recognition and thus potential protection of intellectual property opportunities for postgraduate researchers. The different options of how to protect IP are explored through copyrighting, patenting, trademarks, industrial design and know-how: their purpose is to capture for the innovator and the investor the value which can be developed commercially from invention and creativity. Students explore the intellectual property opportunities related to their doctoral research area.
This module facilitates an understanding of the financing of new business ventures. It teaches students the key skills and principles needed to fund a start-up and manage and support an early venture. The module also focuses on the practical application and adaptation of financial tools, techniques, and principles required when launching the new venture. Students learn how the principles of financial management and capital structure are pivotal to the launch and sustainability of a successful venture. Students develop a financial plan for their idea, further developing their conceptual venture plan.
We draw on research and best practice from across the world to assist you to reflect on your leadership practice and come up with a picture of the leader you are and want to be. The style of the programme is to use a rich mix of inputs to challenge your thinking and stimulate ideas for personal development that is relevant and appealing to you.
By the end of the programme you will have:
- Reflected on and discussed the fundamentals of good leadership
- A clear view of what is required to provide strategic leadership for an organisation
- A reasonable understanding of what is meant by emotional intelligent and leadership styles
- A better understanding of what motivates and engages individuals to follow whilst others lead
- Been introduced to and reflected on a set of leadership practices that are required for effective team leadership and collaborative working
- A set of models, tools and techniques to draw on to lead and manage change
- Drawn up a personal action plan that, when put into practice, will improve your leadership performance in a partnership-working context.