UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


ACCELERATE Success: What's the Big Idea? Pitching Skills Training

24 February 2021, 10:00 am–12:00 pm


ACCELERATE Success workshop on Pitching Skills training!

This event is free.

Event Information

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Alex Teale

Learn how to find the story of your research idea and how to confidently share it with potential collaborators or with those who might be able to help fund it. This 2-hour online session will cover how to develop the perfect pitch and confidently answering questions.

When: Weds 24th February 2021, 10:00-12:00.

Where: Online - a link to the meeting space will be shared with registered participants before the session.

Who should attend? This workshop is aimed at researchers at UCL.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to;

  • Define and apply the elements of an impactful pitch
  • Explain and implement techniques for concisely answering questions under pressure


We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible so if you have any accessibility requirements or enquiries please contact the ACCELERATE manager Kim Gurwitz, k.gurwitz@ucl.ac.uk. If you could contact us allowing for as much time as possible before the event we will be able to ensure where required the appropriate measures are taken.

About the Facilitator

Simon Cain, Director of Westbourne Training and Consulting, is an accomplished training consultant, specialising in presentations skills and public speaking. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was responsible for winning the UK’s first Supreme Training Award. He has been responsible for delivering a range of presentation and public speaking courses and one-on-one coaching to a wide range of private and public sector clients.


ACCELERATE is a set of interlinked training initiatives and resources aimed at upskilling the biomedical research community in translational research. ACCELERATE Success focuses on skills development for success in translational research. ‘What’s the Big Idea – Pitching Skills’ is an ACCELERATE Success initiative. 

Check out our other ACCELERATE portfolios, namely; ACCELERATE Potential (an introduction to translational research and where to find support), ACCELERATE Expertise (technical training), and ACCELERATE Innovation (innovative thinking).


ACCELERATE is a collaboration between the UCL Academic Careers Office and the UCL Translational Research Office and is supported by the Wellcome Trust.