The job-market for PGRs is a competitive place.  Most Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) aspire to a career in research within academia.  However, a recent report for Vitae, the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers, indicates that whilst 90% of all PGRs graduating in 2007 were in employment by 2010, less than half were in research positions within academic institutions (44%). Furthermore, only 12% were in research positions outside of academic and 44% went into non-research related careers.  What does this mean for someone like you?

Professional Development through Enterprise

“As the global research environment becomes more competitive, acknowledging and understanding the skills, traits and capabilities of researchers who drive and create internal change within universities is becoming more important. These are also important skills for employment in organisations outside higher education” [1]

Whether you aspire to be one of the 56% in research positions or not, one thing is for certain: there are some key steps you can take to enhance your chances of getting the opportunities you want. Here at Lancaster University we believe that our  should be offered opportunities to develop skills which go beyond the immediate areas of their academic research. We believe that by developing a wide variety of enterprise and innovation skills aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, it will help to prepare you for your chosen career path regardless of where you choose to take it.

You may associate ‘enterprise’ with starting you own company.  However, enterprising individuals are critical to the survival and growth of all organisations, both within and outside of academia. Entrepreneurial people are adept at: ‘seeing an idea through, spotting opportunities, having the confidence to lead or initiate change processes, taking risks and being resilient’. [2]

We recognise the value of the impact of the research which is created at Lancaster and we are offering you a chance to be a part of that journey. As a participant in PG RISE you will be working within an interdisciplinary-team of early career researchers from all across the university, as you reach out to industry to test and validate the market for university research.

Through basing our projects on real world technological advances which have been researched here at Lancaster University we aim to engage and develop teams, as we give them real world experience. Each team will engage with the real ‘outside world’ through a variety or market exploration techniques, and discussions with potential industry partners, to assess the viability of their projects within suitable markets.

PGRise – How will it set you apart?

“Intrapreneurial experiential learning involves creating opportunities that enable researchers to engage with a real life problem or challenge in an organisational context, learn as a social as well as individual process, use lessons learned and new learning.” [3]

What will you be doing? 

  • Intensive 2-day residential primer, to help accelerate the team working environment and facilitate project initiation.
  • 10 week project made up of series of workshops and input sessions, designed to maximise your development opportunities.
  • Teams will be developing skills such as research strategy, communication, networking, and more, through conducting research in the market viability of various new technologies.
  • Each team will be supported by the Principle Investigator, a dedicated industry mentor and the Enterprise Team.
  • Full participation and attendance at the residential, and all workshops is both expected and required of the programme.

The next cohort of PG RISE will be starting on the 3rd April 2017 and applications are now open.
Limited funded places are available in order to make this a FREE scheme with limited places, selected through a short application process. Early application is strongly advised.

Interested individuals should fill out the short form through this link: APPLY HERE
Deadline for all applications: 30th March 2017 

Informal enquiries are welcomed through the above email.

Read more:

Current Projects

Previous Projects

External links:

Vitae What do researchers do? Early career progression of doctoral graduates 2013 Mellors-Bourne, R (CRAC), Metcalfe, J (Vitae) & Pollard, E (Institute for Employment Studies), 2013, [1]
Exploring intrapreneurship in researcher development Vitae, 2008, Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC) [2] [3]

PG RISE is based on the i-Teams model first developed at MIT, later taken on by Cambridge University and then Cardiff University (iSolve). Our thanks and acknowledgements are given for their support in helping bring this model to Lancaster. 

Cambridge i-Teams