Prestigious Medici Enterprise Training Programme expands to Leeds Beckett University

The Medici Enterprise Training Programme has been providing commercial skills training to researchers with an interest in developing the commercial potential of their research, since 2002. Over this time more than 300 academics and university researchers have benefited from the training.   The programme helps academics to develop the vital business skills they will need to successfully commercialise their research through a combination of seminars and interactive group work sessions

Medici is not just for academics involved with spin out companies but for anyone who wants to generate economic impact from their research work where a better understanding of the principles of the commercial world will help them become more effective and professional in their dealings with business and enrich their teaching.

The University of Birmingham is very pleased to announce that in June this year, a contract was signed  with Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University) which enables the Leeds institution to run their hugely successful Medici Enterprise Training Programme for universities in the north of England.

The University of Birmingham has been running the programme for academics from universities from across the Midlands and beyond for over ten years and, in 2013, Leeds Beckett University sent a cohort of their own staff on the training. Leeds immediately saw the benefit of running the course through their new Enterprise and Innovation Academy whose remit is to increase the capacity and capability of staff at Leeds Beckett University and so to boost their enterprise culture. This makes the Medici Enterprise Training Programme is a perfect fit.

Professor Malcolm Press, PVC for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham sees this as an exciting new initiative “This is a great example of the innovative culture that we have at the University of Birmingham and of which we are very proud. I look forward to seeing the Medici Programme continuing to grow and help academics, both inside and outside of this institution, to have a positive impact on society and the economy”

Leeds Beckett University is already planning their first Medici Programme which they will start in January 2015 and which is available to their own staff as well as external participants.

Keen to get the programme running, Dr Roger Brooks, Enterprise Director at Leeds Beckett University says “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Birmingham to deliver Medici Enterprise Training to enhance the quality of enterprise support provided by universities in the North of England.  Our University’s recognised award in Customer Service Excellence will ensure our delegates enjoy the best possible experience whilst gaining professional development with wide reaching economic impact.

For more information on Medici contact Catherine Mansell; email ; c.mansell@bham.ac.uk