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15:45
6th Jun 2017


Room: Room 14

As UK funding for global challenges based research grows, there is increasing opportunity for UK researchers to undertake overseas development focused research. However, as part of this, researchers are expected to deliver innovation with local impact within developing countries. Despite achievements in UK researcher development, particularly with reference to the VITAE Researcher Development Framework (RDF), engagement with entrepreneurship and innovation amongst researchers in the UK lags behind that in other European countries, while developing countries prioritise these skills at all levels as contributors to economic growth and research development. This session will report on a pilot study exploring the factors influencing entrepreneurship and innovation amongst UK and international researchers. This case study draws comparatively on the experiences of Brunel University London (BUL) with the post-graduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme of The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Tanzania. The session will take the format of a presentation, with opportunities for small group discussion to enable attendees to share experiences from their own institutions. By the end of the session we will aim to identify some of key questions that need to be addressed to further inform development and training that supports impactful collaborative global research.

Key Learning Points:

  • Expanded awareness of the issues associated with developing entrepreneurial researchers for overseas development-based research.
  • Appreciation of the skills related training necessary for delivering innovation.
  • Understanding of the issues to be addressed for organisational development.

Presented By:

Alicen NicksonBrunel University London
Tina RamkalawanBrunel University London

Additional Information:

Theme: Postgraduate Researchers
Level: Management
Time: 15:45
Date: 6th Jun 2017
Room: Room 14

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