The Research to Business Strand is open only to Heritage PGRs and Early-Career Researchers based at Universities in the North West of England. Skills training events and activities take place between December 2012 and July 2013.
Explore how to turn your research into a business or social enterprise and to be mentored and guided by experts in that area
Two-day workshop: ‘Turning your research into a business or social enterprise’ (March 2013)
Day one: PGRs/ECRs will get advice and guidance on heritage careers and business/social enterprise by academic staff and experienced professionals.
Day two: PGRs/ECRs will build upon the Day One’s workshop to develop ‘dragons’ den’ pitches (to a panel of experienced sector professionals) to turn their own research into a business/consultancy/freelancing/SME idea.
Travel (and where necessary accommodation) expenses will be reimbursed.
‘Industrial Mentors’ Programme
(dates and times of meetings to be agreed by the training participants and their mentors)
Project partners will use their networks to recruit 5 industrial mentors (experienced freelancers and heritage consultants) who will coach 15 research students/ECRs. Over three meetings with their mentors, students/ECRs will get a better understanding of and advice about how they can prepare for a self-employed career in the heritage sector; get support from a business and strategy point of view; and build their confidence.
Participating students/ECRs will keep reflective blogs on the process, challenges and outcomes of their training project. This documentation will benefit other students/ECRs as it will provide an account of personal journeys that others could learn from.
Final Event for all Research Training Strands Participants: July 2013
How to Apply
If you are interested in participating in one ore more skills training strands, please fill in the Expression of Interest and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 30th November 2012.