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EPSRC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Transferrable Skills Funding Legacy

Funding was made available to Research staff from 1 January 2012 to 31 July 2012

Achievements (from 1 January 2012 to 30 November 2012)

Enhanced/Quality Information

  • Monthly newsletter
    A total of 7 monthly e-newsletters were produced.
    The e-newsletter was replaced and continued, funded by EPSRC Delivering Impact and Developing Leaders.
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    The monthly e-newsletter is sent to Research Staff.
    The purpose of the e-newsletter is:
    • To raise awareness of Learning & Development Enterprise & Entrepreneurship opportunities (ie. LDC / UOW / nationally)
    • To promote the Learning & Development Enterprise & Entrepreneurship offerings / workshops and encourage take-up by research staff
    • Publicise funding available for Learning & Development Enterprise & Entrepreneurship activity (ie. Awards / Funding for Research Staff Networks/ other external or internal funding eg JSPS)
    • Ideas & sharing practice. Also focusing on some of the activities at Warwick eg Impact, Engagement etc (ie. focus on:.........)
  • Case Studies
    • The seven case studies are intended to provide both a legacy on EPSRC Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Transferable Skills funding events and offer feedback on the benefits resulting from events and sharing practice or learning. The case studies also offer ideas and best practice from the range of initiatives supported enabling researchers to copy or adapt ideas.

Research Staff Provision

Researcher Programme 
Researcher provision has been offered via the following workshops plus bespoke workshops / sessions for departments or faculties.


Academic Writing Programme (AWP)
- 2 Day “Writing Boot-Camp"
7th and 8th July 2016

It is a collaborative project undertaken with Rochelle Sibley from the Warwick Writing Programme.

- 1 to 1 Support for research staff has continued providing support/advice on research staff's academic writing for either publication or funding proposals.

Career Workshops
Julie Gallimore provided 1-1 support for research staff to assist with CV advice, career planning, preparing for interviews or mock interviews. EPSRC Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Transferable Skills funding has provided the funding to support the service.

Research Team Leader Programme
Trudy Hillier (LDC) developed this pilot programme in collaboration with external consultant, David Faraday. The programme ran once during this funded period. 16 delegates attended this programme.

The programme covered 4 main areas:

1. Working with Others
2. Leading your Team
3. Handling Change and Uncertainty
4. Running Effective Meetings

Funding Awarded

Funding has been accessed and used in many exciting ways by individuals and departments. 30 awards have been offered to research staff with a total value of £53,400 as of 30 November 2012.

  • Breakdown of funding
    Included here is a breakdown of funding awards by faculty and department.
  • Funding applications and awards and the feedback reports
    A comprehensive list of EPSRC Funding applications and awards. Excel (Excel Spreadsheet)
    Feedback reports have been produced and are available to share the learning as well as providing ideas and examples that can be copied or adapted in the future.

In summary, the funding enabled the research staff involved to:

  • increase their networking and promotion opportunities for themselves, their departments and the university.
  • create opportunities to liaise with other potential collaborators within and outside academia, including companies and SME's.
  • pilot ideas or to test ideas to include in future grant applications.
  • develop their transferable skills (organising events) useful for career development.

Supporting the Development of a Research Staff Community

  • Research Staff Networks
    Working with “leads” to encourage research networks both within faculties & departments.
  • Research Staff Forum
    The Research Staff forum (RSF) has been supported by EPSRC funding which funded a minimum of a termly meeting of research staff representatives from departments. £1000 budget.


Sandy Sparks (Learning & Development Advisor for research staff) was EPSRC Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (E&E) transferrable skills funded from Jan 2012 - July 2012 and focussed on the following:

  • Managing the EPSRC E&E Transferable Skills Awards (total £100K)
  • Supporting researcher networks and E&E funding for networks
  • Ensuring we provide high quality information for research staff through the website and monthly e-newsletter on E&E opportunities.
  • Scoping existing provision of E&E support in Warwick and outside for Research staff.
  • Commissioning, designing and delivering workshops for research staff.
  • Offering bespoke E&E support to Departments and Faculties work.

Gareth Wright (Publicity co-ordinator) was also E&E transferrable skills funded until July 2012. Gareth focussed on:
Ensuring we provide high quality information for research staff via development and maintenance of the website and monthly e-newsletter on E&E opportunities.

Research Diagram

Sandy Sparks
December 2012