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Creativity in Research


The Workshop will take place on Wednesday 12th December 2018, 10am until 1pm in the C521, Chemistry Building, 5th Floor, Central Campus.

This session will help you learn a range of techniques that you can practice in order to become a more creative researcher. You will have a better understanding of the current research in this area and how to apply it in a University setting.

The course will cover the innovation value chain and where creative blockages occur; reflective exercises aiming to assist with recognizing what constitutes creative environments, a range of techniques from the creativity literature; a discussion on how to remove blocks to the creative process; and a focus on how to apply creative techniques within a University research setting.

The course will be of value to researchers who want to increase the number of good ideas they generate and lead their teams to collaboratively solve problems with creative solutions.

“The course was very useful; I go away with several tools to really change the way I do things” – Participant feedback

Course Content

This session will cover:

  • Behaviours of creative people
  • Innovation value chain
  • Techniques to boost creativity
  • Creating creative environments
  • Overcoming barriers to creativity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand common blockages to creativity
  • Apply a variety of techniques to promote creativity in research
  • See problems from different angles
  • Adapt creativity skills to your research problem
  • Understand how to make an invisible bicycle helmet


Assoc. Prof. Adair Richards is a world leader in researcher development as well as being an academic, consultant, judge and broadcaster. He has worked for many of the world’s leading Universities and last year his training courses were delivered across 5 continents. He attained 5 of his University qualifications at Warwick where he has trained researchers for over a decade.

He has an award-winning PhD and has completed postdoctoral research positions in both the sciences and the humanities. Recent feedback from University participants on his courses comment particularly on his ability to empower lasting change and on his combination of being both intellectually rigorous and very personable.

You can watch him deliver his TEDx talk ‘Designing Universities that Work’ at

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