Thirty-one participants from 12 Universities in the SGSSS took part in the training, which focused on interactive learning with emphasis on group work and discussion. Participants were taught to use business tools and techniques for industry engagement, and were given live business challenges to work on in interdisciplinary groups.
We are now developing the programme, based on learning from the first cohort, and plan to offer a condensed training package later in the year. For further information or to note interest in future training, please contact Anna Scott, Knowledge Exchange & Partnerships Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The three workshops were designed around key stages in business engagement; communicating what social science can offer to business, learning about what businesses want from research, and working directly with businesses on finding solutions to challenges. This is part of SGSSS’s strategy to engage private sector businesses with social science and was made possible by funding from the ESRC’s Business Booster fund, awarded to Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Impact Accelerator Accounts.