Insights into setting up a Biotech company

Careers in Bioscience – Insider knowledge from Lancaster Alumni!

The Faculty of Health and Medicine are hosting a Bioscience Careers event during which three alumni will be returning to speak about their career journeys. Laura Walsh will be coming to discuss the range of opportunities available in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries in particular the Adelphi Group and Chris Ball about graduate entry programmes in dentistry.

However, of special interest to any entrepreneurial bioscientists – Tiffany Thorn, Chief Executive Officer of BiVicTriX Therapeutics will be attending to talk about her route starting up a biotech company. She will discuss her more unusual career path, bridging the gap between the NHS and Industry to help deliver better healthcare. Tiffany with also talk about the key values which guided her down this particular path.

When? Monday 6th February 6:30pm-8pm

Where? Faraday Lecture Theatre

All students from the Faculty of Health and Medicine and Faculty of Science and Technology are invited to attend

Register on Target Connect now.

Free Student Leadership Course in London

What if the world’s greatest challenges were in your hands?

Join a Global Leader Experience for university students and develop your leadership skills to help influence the future of the world, as well as establish a global network on 13-16th June 2016.

Any student can apply and a number of £500 bursaries towards the costs of travel and subsistence are available to eligible students (see below).

Visit organisations and meet leaders from Oxfam, BP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, International Red Cross, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Oxfam, DLA Piper, BBC, , Siemens, London Fire Brigade, Santander, Brunswick Group LLP.

NB the closing date for applications from LU students has been EXTENDED to  30th May 2016

Students eligible to apply for the bursary include:

  • Students with a disability including specific learning difficulties and mental health difficulties
  • Students who are the first generation in their family to attend HE
  • Mature students
  • Students in receipt of a Lancaster Bursary
  • Students who are Care Leavers
  • Students who are carers or young parents

 Further details are available on the Careers website here

‘Treat a career like a business; create a business model for the career’.

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Business Model You – a one page model to design your career

If you’ve ever been to one of our Enterprise Drop ins you will know we like to tell students about  the Business Model Canvas. It’s a strategic thinking and design tool that helps you to shape and play with your initial idea through an iterative process to work out whether it has legs and could be viable.

One of the beauties of the Business Model Canvas is that it can be used in a number of different ways. Understanding the theory, application and being able to play and iterate with the tool visually enables you to work on:

  • An idea
  • A business model
  • Research a competitor
  • Research a potential employer

But it also potentially allows you to design your career too; so  I’m flagging up ‘Business Model You.’

It’s a book from the same basic model theory, but it focusses on career development. The notion is this:

‘Treat a career like a business, and create a business model for the career’.

The authors are in the process of a re-write, but the first ‘Business Model You book’ was targeted at people who were interested in career re-invention (Judging by the approach in the book and the case studies) but many-a-time I have looked at the material and thought the material has real value for students looking to design their career now. (You can download the first few pages here.)

It’s hard when you don’t know what to do but you have to start somewhere. This canvas is a useful tool to help you to start mapping out where you are now.

You could also  use it to get insights on different prospective jobs or careers.  You could map out an advertised job and see how you measure up against it.  You might use the insights to create a personal development plan to get that job….

There’s scope to could use the Business Model You Canvas to explore the careers of people on LinkedIn. Mapping those peoples’ Personal Business Model Canvas, experience and career paths would give insights about careers in sectors you might be interested in. It gives you a clear idea of type of skills development and personal learning journey you may want to start thinking about.

The designers of Business Model You also deliver a really important message too, about the changing nature of the work place and how in the future we are all going to have to be able to adapt to more flexible career paths and the business models of our employers and partners as work becomes more project based. The need to be able to respond by constantly re-inventing your personal business model to meet what an employer or customer needs is going to be vital. We posted about this here.

The call to action is; get into ‘business model thinking’ because it will be invaluable whatever you decide to do in the future. Register on our mailing list for updates over the next 12 months of new workshops.



EVENT: Colour Me Confident!

Colour Me Confident – How to Dress to Impress: Tues 16th Feb, 6pm – 7.30pm, LUMS LT 03colourmeconfident2

Careers event presented by Cliff Bashford; personal stylist, TV presenter and award winning Global Trainer for Colour Me Beautiful.

The way you look tells us all about you, even before you introduce yourself. A poor self image is self-defeating; it gets in the way of you projecting your true qualities and abilities. A positive image leads to improved self-esteem which gives you more confidence in interview and when you start your first job.

In this session you will:

  • Learn what it take to be ‘well dressed’
  • Understand your own personal colouring and shape
  • Find out how to choose the right shirt, suit, tie for maximum impact and girls, you’ll learn how to dress to impress.

The workshop is going to be entertaining as well as useful and will make you think twice about what image you want to portray to future employers and potential business investors and funders.

If you are venturing out into the business world as a young entrepreneur, you need to demonstrate that you are professional and reliable; whilst Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg shared his standard casual work uniform this week and the Silicon Valley dress code is rather more casual than you might think, this doesn’t mean you should ignore the importance of your attire. As the old saying goes, first impressions count. Looking self assured and confident psychologically increases your actual confidence so why put yourself on the back foot by dressing badly and giving the impression that you haven’t made an effort?

Book your place on this workshop now.

Make It Happen – Networking by Numbers

Networking by Numbers – Wednesday 18th November, 9.30am – 11amnetworkingnumbers2

Learning the art of being a successful networker is one of the greatest assets you can add to your portfolio of skills.

Key Info

  • Time: 9.30am – 11am
  • Location: Green Lane, Big Room
  • Pathway: Careers and Employability
  • Lancaster Award points: 5 pts

What’s this event about?

Developing your network can help you to achieve your personal and professional goals, as well as being an enjoyable and sociable experience. However, it can be very daunting knowing how to approach people you don’t know and nurturing your network. Come along to this informal, fun and friendly workshop delivered by Mike Ode from Potential Unearthed and get some top tips in how to be an effective networker.

Book your place here.

The Careers team are also launching their new networking club, with their first meeting on 24th November, 6pm – 7.30pm. Find out more here.


Have you noticed all our Make It Happen events are now on Target Connect?

NACUE Career Start-Up Launchpad On Tour – free spaces

Calling all SMEs considering graduate recruitment this year…


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This event, which offers the valuable opportunity to engage with potential graduate employees from Lancaster University, will be held in the Management School Hub between 3pm and 6pm on Weds 30th April 2014.

We have a limited number of exhibition slots available for free at the event; if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the form HERE and return it to no later than noon on Wednesday 23rd April.

As this event is a collaboration between Lancaster University Careers, Lancaster University Enterprise Centre, Lancaster Entrepreneurs Society and the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), the focus is very much on entrepreneurialism within SMEs.

We anticipate that it will raise awareness amongst Lancaster students of Northwest SMEs as a source of potential employment, highlight the value of entrepreneurial skills and behaviours to potential employers and provide inspiration to some to consider launching their own entrepreneurial ventures.

For further enquiries, please contact


The event will be held in LUMS Hub.  In additional to the exhibitor stands there will be two facilitated panel discussion to help you learn as much as possible from the SME owners in attendance:

  • Entrepreneurs Panel:  3:30-4:30pm, hosted by LU Enterprise Team – to highlight the various journeys real entrepreneurs have taken to raise start-up finance, overcome barriers, capitalise on existing skills and develop new ones.
  • Pitching Panel:  5-6pm, hosted by LU Entrepreneurs Society – to provide five aspiring entrepreneurs from Lancaster University with the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel and get their feedback on the ideas and the pitch.

Register your interest in this event on TARGETconnect.