The University of Lincoln delivered an interactive workshop session at the UKCGE Annual Conference held at The University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 4th July. The UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) is the representative body for postgraduate education and research, providing collective leadership and support to the postgraduate sector. The Annual Conference serves as the flagship event in the UKCGE events program, bringing together colleagues from across the UK to reflect on the past year in both Postgraduate Research (PGR) and Postgraduate Taught (PGT) education, and address pressing issues affecting the postgraduate sector.
The session provided valuable insights into the University’s partnership with Incrementa Consulting Limited and showcased how Student Enterprise and the Doctoral School collaborate to offer tailored enterprise support to Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) in their pursuit of starting a business or commercialising their research. The workshop also heard from a University of Lincoln PhD student, Maureen O’Callaghan, who not only supported the workshop but was also part of the keynote panel at the launch of the conference, sharing her experiences as a PGR student.
During the workshop, the University of Lincoln emphasised its three-step approach: Identify, Ideate, and Incubate. This strategic model, combined with the collaborative partnership with Incrementa, has proven instrumental in achieving exceptional results and providing comprehensive support to postgraduate students.
Reece Leggett, Student Enterprise Manager at The University of Lincoln, said, “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to share our experiences and successes in enterprise support at the UKCGE Annual Conference. Our collaboration with Incrementa has allowed us to develop a strong framework that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship among our postgraduate students.”
The workshop sparked engaging discussions among colleagues and facilitated valuable knowledge-sharing among Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Participants exchanged best practices and experiences, contributing to the overall growth and advancement of enterprise support in the academic community.
Lauren Blackwell, Researcher Development Officer at The University of Lincoln, shared her thoughts on the event, stating, “The UKCGE Annual Conference provided a platform for us to highlight the significant role played by Student Enterprise and the Doctoral School in nurturing entrepreneurial talent within our PGR community. It was inspiring to see colleagues from various institutions come together to learn from one another and promote a culture of innovation and commercialisation.”
For more information about the University of Lincoln’s enterprise support initiatives, please visit our website.