Connecting with Industry
All Business and Industry DPhil students Enterprise Graduate students Innovation and Enterprise Research staff
Monday, 14 September 2020 to Thursday, 08 October 2020, 2pm - 5pm
A fast-paced introduction to the language and tools used by industry and commercial organisations, with opportunities to interact with live speakers from business, culminating in a live industry challenge for the group to apply their knowledge and tools. Runs weekly, 2 sessions per week: Monday 14.00-15.30 and Thursday 14.00-16.15 (NB In Week 4 Thursday session will end at 17.00)
This dynamic and interactive programme is aimed at giving researchers a working knowledge of critical business issues that impact commercial organisations. It’s designed to provide them with a set of tools and skills to help them be immediately more effective working in, and with, industry. They’ll learn about career routes in industry to access the jobs they want; and gain know-how that lets them engage with industry with more confidence by using the “language of business”. The programme is designed to be highly relevant to their area of study while fitting with their busy schedule and giving them the opportunity to work in groups.
The Connecting with Industry programme will be delivered in shorts bursts with 2 live workshops per week plus guest speaker for 3 weeks (Skillfluence and various industry speakers). The programme culminates with a half day MultiMind Challenge on week 4 to apply learning to a real world industry challenge.
Weekly Programme Structure for weeks 1 - 3
Week 4: MultiMind Live Challenge
Our MultiMind Live Challenge is a fast paced, stimulating online challenge where teams work collaboratively to understand and apply their learning to a business. This half day MultiMind challenge completes the programme giving participants the chance to develop skills and build connections while linking with real world industrial and company challenges. These challenges are complex and stimulating; they require teams to work at speed, allocate tasks effectively and bring a number of strands together to create a compelling response.
The challenges are set by a company representative and focus on genuine, current opportunities or challenges facing the company or sector. Participants will generate ideas, select solutions, research the business landscape and then give a live presentation of their recommendations or ideas. These will be business related challenges (not technical challenges) designed to build commercial knowledge and skills.