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Innovation Challenge Knowledge Exchange School 2014

Innovation Challenge Knowledge Exchange School 2014

Saturday, 10 May 2014 - Wednesday, 14 May 2014
The Work Foundation

This Knowledge Exchange School is being run by Lancaster University and The Work Foundation and will bring together early-career academic researchers with Work Foundation partner organisations from both private and non-profit sectors, to work on real-world innovation challenges. It is based on the successful Enterprise School model and recognises that knowledge exchange techniques have become crucial to the development of successful research careers both within the university sector and in the world of commercially focussed research.

Working with tutors and mentors from Lancaster University and Work Foundation partner organisations, teams of PhD students will be introduced to a series of key knowledge exchange skills used widely in the business sector. They will then use these newly acquired skills to work on a pre-approved challenge set by the partner organisation that is relevant to their organisation, sector or even society. 

 The benefits of the programme are two fold:

  • For partners

  • The development of research results in a relatively risk free environment, exposing organisations to young innovators who can help develop routes to cultural change and innovative solutions
  • Experience of managing fast moving innovation research teams, with a range of skills and backgrounds
  • Collaboration and co-creation with other organisations and sectors involved the school

  • For students

  • Introduce PhD students to the mind-sets, behaviours, practices and activities that can help them put knowledge Exchange at the centre of their PhD projects.
  • Help PhD students develop skills and practices in the following areas:
  • o    Team-building and -working;
    o    Knowledge exchange as a key element of research
    o    Enterprise/entrepreneurship as a critical perspective


See the draft agenda for more details

For further enquiries about the School please contact:
Neil Child-Dyer, The Work Foundation – or 0207 976 3501.

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