We are Skillfluence – an experienced, dynamic training company that provides transferable skills training to researchers and academics, to complement institutional provision. We specialise in upskilling participants to work effectively with others outside of academia such as businesses, industry and the public.
We specialise in transferable skills training that equips Researchers to work with others, both inside and outside of academia. We aim to help them maximise the social and economic impact of their research, but also to realise the value their skills and expertise could have on industry and society.
We develop and deliver programmes for universities, CDTs, research centres, innovation centres, business accelerators and UKRI-funded Project Leads. Programme participants often include PhD students, early career researchers, academics and professional staff in universities and industry.
We have a core portfolio of programmes that can be delivered online or face-to-face. We offer different levels of learning, from introductory, taster courses to longer, more interactive sessions – we tailor to your needs. We can also enhance the learning experience with live case studies and challenges from guest speakers.
Skillfluence programmes are available in an online, live, interactive format to ensure learners are still able to access our dynamic training in these difficult times.
To reduce the amount of screen time, we utilise pre-workshop content that can be undertaken flexibly, in advance of the live sessions with our trainers. This is followed by an application task that can be applied to an individual context or situation that will consolidate learning.
Our core training programmes are tailored to your participants. Whether they are looking for training in business acumen; communicating with impact; leadership; time management; careers development or networking, we can work with you to create the programme you’re looking for.
We can also include expert speakers, live challenges and mentoring to add an extra dimension.
Our existing webinars, day-long courses and week-long residentials are now available online!
Our “Online Shorts” have been a hit, turning the classic one-day, face-to-face event into a four-stage learning journey over a day or a week. Our new range of Masterclasses see our popular programmes like “Connecting with Industry” delivered over a six-week period. We’ve also developed “Sprints” and “Super Sprints” if time is really tight or you want to try something new.
Researchers learn how to apply tools and techniques that support and promote effective collaboration, including group decision making and consensus building.
Participants explore and gain a deeper understanding of 4 common pathways to commercialising technology, as well as a guide for navigating the startup ecosystem.
Researchers learn to anticipate and assess potential impacts and societal expectations of their work. They learn the importance of an inclusive and sustainable approach to research.
Researchers learn to understand industry drivers and how to speak the “language of business”. Participants learn to explain their research in a way that is relevant and compelling to industry.
Learn how to create and deliver impactful presentations. This includes presentation design, dealing with difficult questions and how to present complex data.
Define your long term career aspirations and map out a plan for achieving your goals. Then learn practical ways to strengthen your CV and improve your interview skills.
Researchers learn how to navigate the world of social media, discovering how to use social media as a career development tool and as a powerful research tool.
Practical approach to leadership that teaches researchers how to build cohesive teams, get the best out of people, lead under pressure and how to pro-actively develop personal leadership skills.
Learn how to effectively communicate your research to a range of different audiences, as well as exploring specific strategies for increasing public engagement.
Learn proven and effective project management techniques and methodologies specifically tailored to the lab environment as well as planning and managing PhD theses.
Participants learn the key stages of the innovation process and specific tools and methods that when applied, can significantly increase innovation success rates.
Providing PhD students with practical strategies, tactics and tools to strengthen mental and emotional resilience enabling them to effectively cope with the stresses of academic life.
If you want someone to go that extra mile to provide professional training material to suit your requirement I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
We employed Skillfluence to develop a series of training programs tailored towards science graduates. The facilitators were highly professional, easy to work with and they listened and responded to our specific training needs with excellent suggestions and a bespoke program. The workshops delivered our training goals and got excellent participant feedback. We are very happy with Skillfluence and will be using them again in the future.
Alison presented the communication skills and career workshop at the European Congress of Biotechnology as initiated by the Young European Biotech Network. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Alison. Her presentation was well designed and contained many important advises for young scientists. She did a fantastic job in encouraging the attendants to get out of their seats and practice their communication skills during the presentation.
“This is my first time to learn about job interviews and Ph.D experience, especially UK job description which is new for me. Therefore, I learned significant details and technique from this workshop and found out it’s very useful for my future.”