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Programme Overview

The VIBE programme consists of a five-session training course during the Autumn Term and market exploration during the Spring Term. All participants completing the training course will be eligible to continue the programme and apply for a tailored one-on-one mentoring programme during the Spring Term to investigate potential working partnerships with businesses and social enterprises.

headerAutumn Term Training Sessions

EXPLODING MYTHS

3rd November 2020, 10am-12.30pm

  • Understand how to get the most out of VIBE
  • Demystify the process of engaging with business and explore the real synergies between business and academia
  • Learn how to build valuable networks

FINDING YOUR DIRECTION

10th November 2020, 10am-12.30pm

  • Explore your motivation and purpose to articulate the lasting difference that your research can make
  • Explore and Identify who might benefit from your research
  • Discover and explore the needs and problems of relevant businesses

SPOTLIGHTING YOUR VALUE

17th November 2020, 10am-12.30pm

  • Learn how to explain to businesses why and how your research will be valuable to them
  • Begin your journey towards crafting and refining a compelling value proposition
  • Reflect on your learnings so far and the road ahead

SAYING IT CLEARLY

24th November 2020, 10am-12.30pm

  • Learn how to to succinctly, clearly and confidently communicate your research in less than a minute in a way that businesses understand its relevance to them
  • Refining your value proposition
  • Get insights into how to enhance your online profiles, making them more attractive to potential collaborator

MAKING IT HAPPEN

1st December 2020, 10am-12.30pm

  • Understand the benefits of networking and how to make networking easy
  • Identify relevant named contacts and plan how to approach them
  • Prepare for meetings and discussions with potential collaborators

SPRING TERM MENTORING

From January 2021

  • One-to-one mentoring with experienced business mentors who offer support and guidance relevant to your project
  • Informal group surgeries to meet peers as well as share learning experiences and tackle challenges.