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Published: 16 September 2021

ESRC IAA Team Launch 'Future Innovators' Programme for Surrey Social Scientists

An interactive online course that equips researchers with the tools, skills and confidence to help them lead, facilitate and enable innovation.

 

Future Innovators

The Programme:

Future Innovators is an interactive online programme from Skillfluence that equips researchers with the tools, skills and confidence to help them lead, facilitate and enable innovation.

Participants learnt how to clearly define problems, create a large volume of possible solutions, select top ideas, reduce risk, test assumptions and present ideas clearly and concisely to gain buy-in. The programme offered a blend of group working with peers and individual study to explore key concepts and apply new skills.

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. The principles and skills researchers learnt in this programme can be applied to developing new and improved products, services, processes, business models or just coming up with solutions to everyday problems or challenges.

We had an engaged and committed cohort to this first Future Innovators course with researchers from the social sciences and other faculties, and the feedback has been excellent:

4.6/5 said they would recommend the course to a friend or colleague. The trainers were rated 8.7 out of 10 and the course overall was rated 8.4 out of 10.

"Excellent course with relevant practical tips, simple yet thought stimulating discussions and plenty of opportunities to expand your network".

"I really liked the different templates available. Also, that the certificate is only given upon completion of the action plan- this pushes me to actually sit and reflect on the learning. The pre recordings, the teaching, the timely reminders, the invited speakers, group work. An excellent course overall!"

"It will help me think differently about innovation and may perhaps challenge some of how I currently develop ideas and projects"

If you are interested in attending Future Innovators in 2022 please email Tamsin Woodward-Smith (t.woodward-smith@surrey.ac.uk)

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