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Researcher Enterprise Development Salford (REDS)

by Fiona Christie on January 30, 2011

This Wednesday 2nd February 2011 will see the first of a series of researcher-led enterprise training sessions at Salford University. This programme of training sessions is a direct result of the University using some EPSRC skills training money to encourage our researchers to take centre stage and act as key agents in how the University creates a climate of enterprise with our specific target group of researchers. The sessions are also open to taught postgraduates who are interested.

So a group of enterprising researchers have been given the challenge of jointly organising a training programme. David Roberts will be the lead trainer but he is supported in the project by Jenna Condie (Psychology), Eleanor Jackson (Built Environment), Charlie Mydlarz (Acoustics), Arash Raesi (Business) and Matthew Trump (Business). You can imagine – it took them a while to agree on the name.

The group have been employing social media as well as face to face connecting to raise awareness of the programme. Driven by an enthusiastic Arash, they have launched a Salford PhDs on Facebook group which can promote the REDS programme but can also act as a vehicle for other information for PhD students at Salford.

People who attend the sessions will be invited to participate in an online group as part of the University’s Virtual doctoral school, through which they will be aiming to use social media to support the activities going on in the training sessions. They will also be blogging their reflections on the experience of the project. They will be supported in doing this by our learning technologist Cristina Costa.

So as their unofficial mentor and REDS supporter I have to admit to being really quite excited about it all. It’s all a bit of an experiment; a group of previously unconnected individuals are facing the challenge of pulling together the project to make it successful. I wish them all the very best.

Please do come along to the first session on Wednesday. I am sure it will be really worth it. You can book to attend here.


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