Innovation & Enterprise


Introduction to innovation and enterprise

This self-paced online course provides an introduction to the different ways you can get involved in innovation and enterprise activity (also known as knowledge exchange).


For: All academic and professional services staff
Location: Online
Duration: 1.5 hours
Format: Self-paced online course

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What is innovation and enterprise activity?

Innovation and enterprise activity (also known as knowledge exchange), covers a range of ways you can work with external partners to create real-world impact.

It's relevant to all discipline and covers a broad spectrum of work.

Some examples include:

  • creating policy briefings aimed at enhancing areas such as education, energy, or culture
  • deploying new materials that reduce or replace the use of plastics 
  • testing new approaches to curation that support understanding of current and past identities (e.g. for museums, libraries or other collections)
  • developing new drugs to improve the survival rate for people with particular diseases
  • commercialising new technology for medical or industrial purposes
  • contributing to software that improves security of personal data 

Who this training is for

This course is open to all UCL staff members (academics and professional services). It's relevant whether you have some experience with this activity or are just getting started.

It’s not suitable for students. Students can attend our entrepreneurship workshops and events. Doctoral students may be particularly interested in our SPERO programme.

What this course covers

The course covers key aspects of innovation and enterprise activity, including how to:

  • find and recruit external partners or resources (e.g. data, sites or expertise) to create real-world impact from your research
  • build your confidence about intellectual property, consulting, and commercialisation
  • access funding and other support
  • meet the criteria for academic promotion through the ‘enterprise and external engagement’ pathway of UCL’s Academic Career Framework

It includes examples from the arts, science, technology and social sciences.

Accessible versions

If you’re unable to use the interactive version of the training, you can:

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UCL Innovation & Enterprise reserves the right to make changes to the programme, location and/or speakers without prior notice. Such alterations are occasionally necessary due to circumstances beyond our control.