Academic Business Development | New Results Training

Giving brilliant minds the confidence to commercialise and become successful entrepreneurs

Supporting the business-arm of your university with training and workshops to bridge the gap between academia and the ‘real world’.

And helping department heads get the best out of their teams.

Bridging the gap between the academic and the commercial worlds

There’s a great opportunity for universities and businesses to do brilliant things together, but there are roadblocks:

  • Networking can be terrifying for academics.
  • ‘Soft skills’ are hard if you’ve never been taught them.
  • The potential impact of university research isn’t that well known.

Academics are accused of having no experience of the ‘real world’. But after working with Durham, Newcastle, Teesside and Sunderland universities for the past 10 years, this simply isn’t true.

With some support, your staff and students will soon have the confidence to launch their careers, and your leaders will have the skills to bring the best out of their departments.

Don’t just take our word for it...

Who do we help?

Entrepreneurial-minded students

Developing your commercial skills

Business development doesn’t have to be scary. We focus on the psychology of consumer behaviour so your students will see ‘sales’ is nothing more than helping, serving, and supporting people.

Networking training

Networking can be terrifying for people in and fresh out of academia. Before long, your students and staff will be the welcoming face at networking events they longed to see when they first started.

LinkedIn training

When used effectively, LinkedIn is a great tool to grow your professional network and to demonstrate the impact of your research. Learn how to set up your profile and reap the benefits of this platform.

Academic Leaders

Team development training

Managing people can be one of the hardest things to do – deserving of a PhD in itself. Discover a style of people management that feels natural to you. Helping you in making the transition to a manager and leader.

Presentation skills

Support delivering internal presentations and also external for commercial purposes. You’ll learn the differences between the two and how to get the best results from both.

Postgrad researchers

Breaking into the commercial world

‘Impact’ of research and social studies

All the business development tools you need to make your research applicable and commercial in the ‘real world’. Support with pitching and sourcing commercial uses for your research.

Knowledge transfer partnerships

Networking skills, pitching blueprints, and all the tools you need to find the right business partner to improve our world for the better.

Skills Coaching for Academics, Lecturers and Teachers

Fill in our short contact form and Nevil will give you a ring to discuss what you’re looking for in more detail.

How do we deliver your training?

Face-to-face and live online training

Interactive, hands-on, discovery-led training run by one of our experienced team.

Lunch & learn sessions

Bite-sized sessions you can finish in the time you have your sandwich.


On-demand online learning for your academics and leaders to learn in their own time.

What are the next steps from here?

1. Fill in this short form with your details.
2. We’ll arrange a time to call or meet you.
3. We’ll chat about what your plans are and see if we can help.
4. If we can help, we’ll confirm the next steps. If we can’t, we’ll point you in the right direction.
5. We’ll confirm prices and logistics and get to work.

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