Making Ideas Work in the Midst of Research
Duration 3 hours
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. 

Target Audience: PGRs/ECRs/Technicians/Research staff

Course Description:

This annual event is part of the Researcher Academy’s Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (KE) programme. It is domain neutral and open to all researchers, across all faculties at the University of Nottingham, irrespective of whether they

  • have attended previous Innovation & KE programme related workshops or not
  • plan to stay on in Academia or not

Making Ideas Work in the Midst of Research will provide insights from innovative, enterprising UoN Researchers (past and present) who continually strive to make their ideas work in a variety of different contexts within and without Academia; AND who effectively pave the way for them if the direction of travel ahead is not immediately apparent.

This event should appeal to PGRs/ECRs from all disciplines who sense and want to seize ‘the initiative’ to manifest and transfer their ideas into action, in order to generate value for some-one other than themselves. It will particularly appeal to those who wake up thinking "I have an idea, what can I do with it, how can I make it work, how can I make it happen or capitalize on it, and what skills do I need to exploit, maximize or pave the way for it? 

Delegates can learn from practitioner experiences, the pathways they plot and their routes to success. Speakers will be from diverse backgrounds and will showcase how they have laboured towards making their ideas work through a variety of different lenses:  interdisciplinary collaboration; setting up their own business; offering consultancy services; spinning out a university company; developing entrepreneurial and innovation skills by participating in innovation and enterprising based competitions, relevant schemes, fellowship programmes, placements, KTPs etc.

Relevant colleagues who can support you with your ideas or help you apply for relevant internal and external opportunities will also be invited to promote their competitions, schemes, services etc. and be around for networking.

Making Ideas Work in the Midst of Research aims to highlight the importance of creativity and innovation in early research contexts – in this case coming up with ideas, highlighting and spotlighting opportunities & resources available and how to make purposeful ideas work at key stages in a postdoctoral career, EVEN PAVING YOUR WAY OR INITIATING ACTION WHILST STUDYING FOR A DOCTORATE!

Speaker presentations will also help to demystify exactly which enterprising skills are essential AND how these skills can be of immediate benefit and/or use in the longer term whether researchers stay on in academia or not.  

Lunch will be provided – please indicate any dietary preferences when you book!

A Siesta Seminar Session 11.30-2.30 with lunch and networking. You can expect to hear from practitioner speakers/researchers who have made ideas work in a variety of different career and professional development contexts.


Course Accessibility

The following table shows a summary of what is needed to participate in the course. 

If you feel you will experience any difficulties participating, please let us know via the ‘special requirements’ tab, providing as much information as possible. The special requirements tab can be completed when you book your place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at

Access seminar room on campus (or) access computer room on campus
Attend the course at the specified date and time
Watch and listen to the course tutor(s) and/or other attendees
Follow presentation slides during the course 
Take part in group activities/ discussions

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
University Park20 June 202420 June 202411:30am - 2:30pm31