Mastering the processes and tools to transform a good idea into a well-structured and feasible project is at the foundation of anything we do in academia and industry, particularly where we want to engage a variety of stakeholders through research. Knowledge Exchange, research engagement and research impact are becoming increasingly central for academics wanting to get recognition and funding for research, particularly with the new REF impact requirements. At the same time, many PhD and Early Career researchers have started to consider alternative careers beyond academia, in industry and public service, where their research skills and ideas can find an alternative route to success.  

This training programme is for Post-Graduate (PGR) and Early Career Researchers (ECR, 2 years from PhD award) 
working in all disciplines who have an interest in sharing research knowledge with non academic audiences or plan to move to the industry after their studies and want to acquire and practice skills in project design/management and research consultancy that will be appreciated by future employers. 

In a collaborative environment, this training course aims to equip participants with the skills necessary to successfully design and manage complex projects and to learn how to professionally engage with cultural partners through research consultancy activities. 

Training Sessions
Led by professional trainers, the course includes four interactive sessions which follow the development of a project’s life cycle, from ideation and planning to evaluation:

Session 1: Project Design Problem Analysis and Creating Solutions

Session 2: Influencing and Negotiating skills

Session 3: Project Management: Devise your Project Plan

Session 4: How to Evaluate your Engagement Project

All sessions are designed to be hands-on as they will be based on the participants’ own project development needs. Over four weeks, the training offers participants the opportunity to develop their ideas into a feasible professional project, with the space for one-to-one support for those who are going to pitch their project to partners/REAlab after the training.  

All sessions to be held at the University of Manchester, Oxford Road Campus.