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Innovation Training Programme

***In 2020, this course will be provided online to comply with social distancing guidance***

The June session will not be specific of postdocs but apply to all research staff

Length: 2 days

When: 8th and 9th June 2020 (9:30 to 16:30)

Where: online via Zoom (information on how to log on will be communicated to registered participants a few days before the course). Attendees will need access to internet, sound + microphone and ideally a webcam.

Open to: All Queen's researchers (including lecturers, postdocs, research assistants, KTPs...).

Places: 25 max

Cost: Free; but attendance to both days is compulsory once registered


Business Alliance is providing this workshop to support and encourage researchers to make connections with businesses at the outset of their academic career.

Increasingly, industry-academia collaborations are recognised as an integral part of research success with many benefits for academic partners including research funding, higher quality research outputs (publications, impact), growing contacts and networks, awareness of industry trends, and inspiration by application derived discussions.

The skills developped in this programme can be applied within industry-academia collaborations, an academic or an industry setting, making it suitable and helpful to researchers interested in a career in academia or in industry.

The aim of this course is to develop best practice in the process and skills required to explore, develop and secure a relationship with an industry partner, which will lead to a project in line with your research.

With a focus on developing your own research ideas and using case studies from recent successful and failed Industry Academia Collaborations (IACs), we will develop your own best practice process to engage with and secure an IAC.

Learning objectives are to develop your skills and insights in:

  • Opportunities to work with industry, what they look like and how to get support at Queen's 
  • How to navigate funding options and opportunities
  • Best practice regarding confidentiality, publishing and IP rights and contract negotiation
  • How to effectively manage the differences between academia and industry

Programme Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of working in an industry academia collaboration (IAC)
  • Explore the industry engagement options including consultancy
  • The steps to securing an IAC from identifying partners through to first day
  • Clarity on expected roles and responsibilities when setting up an IAC, including contributions to discussion on IP and contracts
  • Develop networking skills to confidently approach a potential partner
  • Develop negotiation skills to confidently explore IAC opportunities
  • Funding opportunities to support an IAC including Innovate UK funding
  • Know who at Queen's can help you with the different aspects of developing an IAC

Registration form

(Deadline to register: 04/06/20)


Caroline Broad (Broad Associates Ltd)

Caroline delivers interactive workshops for researchers, enhancing their productivity, collaboration skills and wellbeing in the context of innovation and enterprise

Caroline gained her twenty years’ experience facilitating teams and delivering skills training whilst working across sectors including hi-tech, bioscience and educational charity. She has supported researchers’ skills development full time for the last eight years as director of Broad Associates Ltd.

Caroline is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Royal Veterinary College, Deputy Module Leader for Project Management in Clinical Trials for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and delivers new business, Industry Academia Collaboration and Human Factors in Innovation and Enterprise programmes for UCL, University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

Caroline is a certified practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Belbin™ Team Roles, is a Co-active™ coach and Resilience Leader Elements accredited.

Caroline lives near Cambridge and owns a campervan named ‘Nerys’ in which she travels to Europe and around the UK as much as possible.  Caroline works with Action for Happiness, volunteering to co-run the local Happy Café.




The feedback presented here corresponds to comments from those who attended the programme in April 2020 (also run online).

  • General rating: 4.75/5
  • 100 % of respondents recommend the course to other researchers
  • 100 % of respondents say that they will apply the knowledge from the course to their current work, future work, collaborations with other types of partners or career development

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