Heriot-Watt's Enterprising Researcher Summer School celebrates five years

Dr Kevin Parker and participants from the Enterprising Researcher Summer School 2013

The successful completion of the 5th annual Enterprising Researcher Summer School was celebrated as part of a special reception chaired by  Heriot-Watt's Deputy Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange, Professor Alan Miller.

Celebrating Success in Engagement

The Celebrating Success in Engagement reception, held at the Postgraduate Centre, Edinburgh Campus,  was organised by the Centre for Academic Leadership & Development (formerly Academic Enhancement).  The aim of the event was  to highlight two of its long- running activities aimed at fostering knowledge exchange engagement amongst the Heriot-Watt research community - the 'Principal's Public Engagement Prize' and the 'Enterprising Researcher Summer School'.

About the Enterprising Researcher Summer School

More than 50 PhD students and research staff from all Academic Schools interested in developing their enterprise skills took part in the Summer School over June and July 2013. Together they participated in workshops ranging from technology commercialisation and intrapreneurship to financial literacy and understanding markets. The programme culminated with participants working in teams to develop and pitch ideas for future research innovation, and those who had been most active in engaging with the programme receiving special certificates from the Deputy Principal at the final celebratory event.

Developing knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship from this Summer School provides one of the valuable skills acquired during PhD training that I am sure all of the participants will appreciate more and more as their careers advance."

Professor Alan Miller

The Enterprising Researcher Summer School is led by external commercialisation expert, Dr Kevin Parker, Director of KKI Associates. In the past  five years, approximately 200 early career researchers from Heriot-Watt University have benefited from the two month programme organised by the Centre for Academic Leadership and Development.

Congratulating all of the PhD students and research staff who have participated in the Enterprising Researcher Summer School, Professor Alan Miller said, "Developing knowledge and understanding of entrepreneurship from this Summer School provides one of the valuable skills acquired during PhD training that I am sure all of the participants will appreciate more and more as their careers advance."