The University, via People and Organisational Development (POD), provides a varied programme of training to support the professional development of postdoctoral researchers.
Are you a Doctoral, Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow?
Are you looking to enhance your professional development and gain transferable skills?
Would you like develop your competence in the field of consultancy?
If so, the Talent Pool is for you.
What is the Talent Pool?
The Talent Pool takes Doctoral, Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows from a wide range of specialist areas through a series of interactive professional skills training workshops. The training takes place over five one-day sessions and the course culminates in a final one day assessment which gives you the chance to obtain in-depth feedback on their performance. Upon successful completion of the assessment day, you will have access to ‘real-life’ opportunities such as consultancy contracts, projects or placements. The Talent Pool team can also assist you with the creation of your own business.
What do others say about it?
‘I started the Talent Pool programme just as something for my CV. I have got so much more out of it. Having done the programme, I can honestly say that it is the best thing that I have done since coming to university. The Talent Pool team are really great and if you have even a passing interest in entrepreneurship or consulting then definitely sign up.’
Amrit Chandan, PhD with integrated studies in Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications
‘Although I already had basic consulting skills, the Talent Pool really widened my scope and helped me to concrete my consulting skills. Thank you to Entrepreneurship and Innovation for coordinating this invaluable programme.’
Bersisa Berri, DBA exploring ‘The Role of Knowledge Integration in Creating and Sustaining the Competitive Advantage of a Firm’
What happens after the training?
Having successfully completed the training and the final assessment, you will be granted entry to the Talent Pool. Once you have been accepted as a Talent Pool network member, you gain access to advertised opportunities (contracts, projects, placements etc.) or can apply for funds to start your own enterprise. The Talent Pool Project Development Manager will be able to provide you with further support and guidance on these opportunities.
Course dates and how to register
There will be three separate programmes taking place between 31 January and 2 May 2013 – a short intensive for Engineering students, and two courses for mixed disciplines. For full details visit the
Talent Pool website.
If you would like to book a place you can do this online at Target Connect.
The programme is free for all University of Birmingham Researchers and all training materials, lunches and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Successful completion of the Talent Pool training programme is based on delegates' participation and performance, therefore you must be able to attend the full course; this includes all workshops, evening events and the assessment day.
Find out more
If you have any questions about the Talent Pool please contact:
The EI Team
t: 0121 414 8775
Wednesday 5th June 2013, 12-2pm (Lunch provided)
Institute of R&D, Birmingham Research Park
We would like to invite you to our recruitment event being held on Wednesday 5th June 12-2pm at Birmingham Research Park.
Medici is an intensive training programme designed for research staff wanting to become involved in the commercial development of research or who are already involved in a project and want to improve their business related skills and knowledge in order to engage more professionally in this arena.
The aim of the course is to introduce you to some key business concepts and terminology to help you to understand how a business operates and makes decisions. The areas we cover include building relationships with business, finance, market analysis, writing a business plan (including raising finance), protection of intellectual property, networking, negotiation and building consultancy business. The course runs over 3 two day modules (October to December) and a final day in January. The training is delivered by a number of external providers and involves lots of interaction and group work.
This session will be an opportunity to find about the Medici programme and how it can benefit your research career, you’ll hear from previous Medici fellows about how the course has developed the scope and applications of their research.
Feedback from previous fellows:
“This course was very comprehensive and was a real eye opener on the multifaceted aspects business. It was extremely interesting to focus in a challenging and supportive climate on business opportunities and culture. This has now resulted in the development of several projects which will hopefully expand the scope and applications of my research.”
Dr Francois-Xavier Li, Sport & Exercise Sciences - University of Birmingham
"The Medici Enterprise programme gave me an excellent insight into the factors that drive industry to work with academic collaborators. The course has been very useful in improving my own interactions with industry, including obtaining industrial grant funding and contract research"
Dr Helen Cooper, Reader in Mass Spectrometry - University of Birmingham
Register at: http://medicienterprise.eventbrite.co.uk