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Our Innovation Leadership Programme (ILP) is designed for new Lecturers/ Associate Professors/Senior Independent Research Fellows (e.g. Royal Society and UKRI funded Fellows). The Core course is delivered twice yearly by a team from Henley Business School, and separately bookable associated masterclasses take place through Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms.

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The 5-module core course provides a blend of online materials, presentations and small group discussion sessions, and aims to give new lecturers, associate professors and senior independent research fellows enhanced skills and confidence in innovation leadership, managing stakeholders and teams, communication and more. Please note there will be some small group working in the period between the 2 blocks.

Details for the next iteration of this programme will be announced shortly. 

The optional masterclasses that make up the full ILP can be taken separately, before or after the core programme, to allow maximum flexibility. Some are delivered over one day and some over a series of lunchtimes, recognising the busyness of researcher's schedules.

They focus on areas such as leading collaboration, applying for translational funding with Innovate UK and how to become engaged in developing public policy, and are delivered by experts from the University of Oxford and partner organisations.

For more details about the core course and the optional Masterclasses, click on the links in the drop-down list below.

Note: The programme is delivered through a blend of on-line materials to be viewed before each group discussion session, with the first and last modules delivered in person to foster greater community building and development. 


Module 1: Leadership and innovation

Module 2: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

Module 3: Visualising Success: setting goals and identifying success factors


Module 4: Managing stakeholders and teams; Coaching and mentoring for success

Module 5: Communicating and influencing externally


2023 dates:

20th November 2023 | 10:00-13:00 (delivered in person)

22nd November 2023 | 10:00-14:00 (delivered via Zoom)

24th November 2023 | 10:00-13:00 (delivered via Zoom)

27th November 2023 | Left free for group meetings at a mutually agreed time

29th November 2023 |10:00-16:00 (delivered in person)


Contact Catherine Seed for more details  -

Registration for the course will open at the beginning of Michaelmas.


Masterclass Overview

Researchers in MPLS engage with the policymaking community in a wide range of capacities and contexts. Many have found ways to involve policymakers in their research, giving them a stake in outputs that encourages uptake and leads to impact. Some have developed such a strong reputation, network and trust that they are invited by government or parliament to share their knowledge and expertise, or take up formal roles in the policymaking community.

How can conservation research shape policy and practice?

Date: TBC



In our next session, Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland will be joined by Rose Mandisodza and Dr Tim Kuiper, to reflect on their experience of connecting conservation research, policy, and practice.

Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, E.J.’s primary interest is in understanding how social, ecological and behavioural factors interact and affect key issues in conservation. She serves as an advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, chairs the UK Government’s Darwin Expert Committee, is a Trustee of WWF-UK, and founded the Conservation Optimism movement in 2016.

 Rose is the Chief Ecologist at the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, which is responsible for the world’s 2nd largest population of elephants and 4th largest population of rhinos. Tim is an environmental scientist involved in interdisciplinary research on human-nature relations, currently as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Statistics in Ecology and Conservation at the University of Cape Town. Rose and Tim’s collaboration has included development of policy to combat poaching and improve management of protected areas in Zimbabwe in the scope of an Oxford Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) Fellowship

The masterclass will take place in person. Participants will have the opportunity to put their questions to the speakers, as well as reflect on how they can engage better with public policy through their own research.


Learning objectives:

-Enhanced understanding of the value of academic research and expertise for different parts of the policymaking community

-Enhanced understanding of the different modes in which researchers engage with the policymaking community, and the challenges and rewards of each

-Enhanced and identify appropriate opportunities. to plan for effective engagement, and learn from it.


These sessions are delivered in association with the Oxford Policy Engagement Network – a diverse range researchers and professional services staff from across the University, who share a share a vision of public policy powered by the world’s best available research evidence and expertise. Membership benefits include regular notification of opportunities related to members’ areas of policy interest. ILP participants are encouraged to join, and can do so in less than 5 minutes at

Masterclass Overview

Innovate UK is an important source of funding for UK researchers from the academic community who want to work with businesses or not-for-profit non-governmental organisations.  Although Innovate UK operates under the UKRI umbrella, and funding is awarded via competitive grant applications, it’s a mistake to approach these in the same way as traditional basic research grants.

Innovate UK differs from most other UK Research Councils in being very focussed on commercial outputs, and this means that you have to re-think how you approach a funding application if you are targeting one of Innovate's schemes.  This session will focus on developing the skills to create a credible application.  We'll use the example of a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) application as this is one of the few schemes on which an academic institution can lead, but we'll also discuss how to be a good partner in a business-led application.  The key learnings will be applicable across all Innovate funding calls, and will also enhance your approach to more traditional funding calls.

Masterclass with Dr Nessa Carey, Royal Society Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Available as video here

Masterclass overview

You have brilliant ideas for research collaboration that could have extraordinary outcomes. But how will you engage the people you are relying on? Collaborations can be rewarding or draining, depending on how well people connect. In this course we look at what neuroscience has taught us about how to collaborate. You will make sense of why some of your collaborations have felt great to be part of, while others have been a drag.  You will diagnose problems with collaborations you are part of and find practical solutions for improving them. Leave with a clear model for improving all collaborations you lead.

1 day Masterclass with Kate Tapper, Bud Development. 

Booking will open at a later date.

Session Aims

To understand and apply an evidence-based model to make sense of your experiences of collaboration, diagnose problems within a collaboration and find improvements for the way people work together.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the social drivers that affect the way people behave in collaborations
  • Identify what has contributed to your own experience of effective collaboration
  • Identify clear actions that a leader can take to improve collaborations

Masterclass overview

Pre-work before live session – comprising:

  • Welcome video explaining how this course will work and what to do before the live session in June
  • Video explaining the SCARF model and how it applies to leading collaboration
  • Journal questions to note reflections on the video content (we will draw on this in small group discussion)
  • Original David Rock paper ‘A brain-based model for collaborating with and influencing others’ provided as optional reading

Live in person session Tuesday 21st May 2024

  • 10.00 – 12.15  Small group work and plenary sessions
  • 12.15- 13.00 Lunch Break
  • 13.00-13.45 Small group discussions and plenary
  • 14.00-14.45 How to approach collaborations to enhance your career
  • 14.45-15.00 Summary and take away actions

 After the live session

  • Optional journaling questions to reflect and apply learning
  • Action learning/small group discussion to reflect on application of these ideas


Kate TapperKate Tapper is a leadership and team coach working with international clients based in Europe and the United States. Kate’s background is in leadership development in higher education where she has directed numerous regional and national programmes in the United Kingdom. She has worked with individuals and teams and partnered with many universities to help academics achieve more in collaboration. Kate’s passion is supporting people to achieve more than they think is possible.




We (the University of Oxford [1]) take your privacy seriously. This privacy notice tells you what we are doing with your data and how we will keep it safe. 

How will we use your data?

We need to process your data for the following purposes related to the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (EPSRC IAA) funded MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme:

  • registering your application to the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme;
  • carrying out checks for activities managed by the university;
  • reviewing your submission; contacting  applicants and/or corresponding head of departments;
  • announcing and sharing programme outcomes;
  • sharing additional innovation and impact programme opportunities;
  • exhibiting and publicising the programme’s successes;
  • and evaluating MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme, separately, or as part of the EPSRC IAA portfolio.

Applicant data (name, telephone number (if provided), department/division, and email address) will be processed for application review, monitoring, evaluation and administration of the programme, and in order to contact the applicants, and for dissemination of information about the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme independently, and/or as part of the EPSRC IAA’s activities and events, and for collecting feedback for the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme evaluation, separately, or as part of the EPSRC IAA portfolio.

Your data (name, department, and contact details) will be used to identify your nomination/application to the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme in the MPLS Division and departments. We may also use your data in an aggregated (anonymous) format in publicity or promotional material related to the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme or EPSRC IAA, including on University websites.

Optional Data

We will contact you separately to ask you to provide information about your age, gender, disability and race to assist us in auditing and evaluating the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme and EPSRC IAA. Providing this information is not a requirement for applying to the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme. The University’s EPSRC IAA aims to monitor access to EPSRC IAA funding (including the MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme), by Oxford’s academics and researchers. Understanding the diversity of our applicants is an important part of evaluating the access and benefits from IAA’s programme, support and funding.

If you choose to submit details of your age, gender, disability, and/or race or ethnicity, it will be used solely for evaluation of the EPSRC IAA programme and/or MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme. It will not be shared, it will not be made public, and it will not be used in our publicity materials. Only aggregated (anonymous), data will be included in the evaluation report and in the EPSRC IAA’s and/or MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme’s monitoring and reporting.

We are processing your data for these purposes only because you have given us consent to do so, by completing and submitting your application form, and for Optional Data, by completing and submitting Access Assessment form. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at, or 01865 282462 . In this event, we will stop the processing as soon as we can. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before your withdrawal of consent.

Who has access to your data?

Access to applicant data within the University will be provided to those who need to view it as part of their work in carrying out the purposes described above. Your data may be shared publically as described above, in relation to the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account and/or MPLS Innovation Leadership Programme.

How long will we keep your data?

We will only retain your data for as long as we need it to meet our purposes, including any relating to legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. If you choose to submit details of your age, gender, disability and/or race or ethnicity, we will keep it until the project evaluation is completed, at which point it will be deleted.

How will we keep your data safe?

Your data will be held securely in accordance with the University’s policies and procedures. Further information is available on the University’s Information Security website.

How will we store and use your data?

We store and use your data on University premises, in both a manual and electronic form.

What are your rights?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to put you in control of how your personal information is collected and used. It gives you these rights: 

  • To see what information we have about you

The right to be informed allows you to ask for full details of the personal information we hold on you.

  • To change the information

The right to ask us to correct anything that you think is wrong with the personal information we have on file about you, or if it is incomplete.

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The right to erasure allows you to ask us to delete your personal information.

  • Stop us using the information

The right to object allows you to tell us to stop using your information.

  • Change how the information is used

The right to restrict processing allows you to ask us to only use or store your information for certain purposes.

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The right to data portability allows you to ask for and download your personal information electronically, so you can move it, copy it or keep it for yourself.

 Further information on these rights is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

You can withdraw your consent for the processing or your data at any time by contacting us at, or 01865 282462. In this event, we will stop the processing as soon as we can. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before your withdrawal of consent.


If you wish to ask any questions about our use of your data, or want to exercise any of the rights described above, please contact us at, or 01865 282462. Please note that we may keep a record of your communications to help us resolve any issues which you raise.

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