Enterprise is applying creative ideas and innovations to practical situations.
It combines creativity, ideas development and problem solving with communication and practical action (QAA, 2012). Enterprise skills include taking the initiative, making things happen, identifying opportunities, creative problem solving, innovating, strategic thinking, making decisions, networking and personal effectiveness. Entrepreneurship is then applying these skills to create and grow organisations to identify and build on opportunities.
Improving your enterprise skills and your ability to identify and develop opportunities (as well as enhancing the impact of your work) will benefit you whether you pursue a career in academia or decide to move into business or a corporation.
MPLS offers you ways to develop your enterprise skills by combining a progressive series of half day and 1-day workshops with a variety of seminars, networking events and activities supporting you to participate in national and international competitions. Find out more about our enterprise training in our Training course programme.
Enterprise and the Researcher Development Framework
Vitae (working in association with RCUK) have developed the Researcher Development Framework (RDF), setting out the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers appropriate for a wide range of careers.
It is structured in four domains encompassing the knowledge, intellectual abilities, techniques and professional standards to do research, as well as the personal qualities, knowledge and skills to work with others and ensure the wider impact of research. It also presents a series of lenses through which to look at your professional development to strengthen your profile and your CV.
With the growing pressures of a complex and uncertain world, enterprising researchers are vital to maximise the benefits gained from excellent research. The Enterprise Lens focuses on the knowledge, behaviour and attitudes that can be developed, acquired through, or used in, entrepreneurial activities.
The three pillars of Enterprise are Passion, Enthusiasm and Confidence, all to be widely found in the research community, so you have a great start!
The Enterprise Lens is available here.
See a list of the Enterprise courses we run regularly in MPLS.
Be inspired by students and researchers who have taken part in a wide variety of enterprise events, courses and experiences.
Many of the events and activities we run are produced in collaboration with our departments, with student-led groups and colleagues in the Oxford Launchpad and the Careers Service.
MPLS is home to dozens of enterprising researchers. Read here about some of their innovations.
MPLS offers opportunities for any of our students, researchers and staff to become more informed and active in the Oxford Entrepreneurial ecosystem through a series of Enterprise courses and events.
Browse our current MPLS Researcher Training and Development course programme. You can search using the keyword 'Enterprise' to see all specific Enterprise courses currently running.