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Experienced facilitators of Creativity@home projects. 

Tailored "transferable skills" training and development programmes for CDTs. 


Business acceleration and enterprise development programmes.

What We Do

Our mission is to do our part to advance scientific discovery and the commercialisation of research. We do this by creating and delivering training and development programmes that equip scientists and researchers with essential soft skills, empowering them to reach the highest levels of success, achievement and professional fulfillment.

Who We Work With

We develop and deliver programmes for universities, CDT’s, research centres, innovation centres, business accelerators and EPSRC Project Leads.  Programme participants often include PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, master students, early career researchers, graduate interns, entrepreneurs and researchers and scientists working in industry. 

Our Approach

We design & deliver soft skills training and development programmes for scientists and researchers. We identify best in class tools and methods and tailor them to meet the unique needs of scientists and researchers. We then incorporate sector-specific elements, resulting in programmes perfectly suited for the scientific community. 


Bespoke Learning & Development Programmes for Scientists, Researchers and Tech Startups

Centres for Doctoral Training and Research Centres

Skillfluence works with CDT programme leads to build researcher development programmes that enhance the student experience by giving them leadership and transferable skills that align with Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework. We design and deliver programmes which include training and peer to peer learning, customised specifically for the CDT and area of research. Learn more about our work with CDTs.

Creativity@Home and Workshop Facilitation

Creativity@home is an EPSRC funded initiative designed to help scientists and researchers infuse more creativity into their research. It’s a bespoke multi-day facilitated process that leverages the academic group as the key resource. Facilitators work with the group throughout the initiative, focusing on the process, so the group can think freely about the challenge. The specific objectives are determined by the group. Read more…

Enterprise Development & Business Accleration

Skillfluence develops and runs programmes designed specifically to help university spinouts and early stage technology startups learn and apply skills, tools and methods to accelerate commercialisation and business growth.  Past programmes have included everything from one day workshops to week-long industry innovation camps for as many 30 companies.  Learn more about our Enterprise Development programmes. 


Skillfluence has delivered a wide range of programmes for leading universities, research centres, industry associations and economic development agencies. Below is a sample of some of our recent projects.

The 4-Day MBA

  Skillfluence has been working in partnership with SynbiCITE since 2015 to help run the “4-Day MBA” programme.  The aim of...
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Presenting your Science

This workshop for PhD students delivered through SULSA offered participants the opportunity to learn how to speak clearly and confidently about...
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PhD Cohort Programme

Skillfluence delivers a programme of eight workshops that are offered to each cohort of students over the course of their...
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On-line Academy – AGRIFORVALOR

  AGRIFORVALOR is an ongoing project funded through the Horizion 2020 Research & Innovation Programme with the stated purpose “to...
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Making it Concrete – Investing Women Angels

  Investing Women Angels is a network of angel investors who are passionate about entrepreneurs.  They support entrepreneurship with investment,...
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Graduate Leadership Programme

Working with the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Skillfluence designed an 18 month Graduate Leadership Programme.  The programme consists of a...
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Creativity@home – Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Working closely with Edinburgh Centre for Robotics we designed and ran a 2 day EPSRC creativity@home workshop for their PhD...
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Business Bootcamp – Train the Trainer

Working with Edinburgh Research & Innovation as part of Projecte EMISHA, funded by ERASMUS+, Skillfluence designed and delivered a comprehensive...
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BioRenewables Innovation BioCamp

We designed and deliver two, 1-week programmes for the BioRenewables Development Centre in York. This is a European project from...
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We have a unique capability to combine multiple competencies to build a single cohesive programme - whether it's a 1-day workshop or a 12-month "curriculum". This approach amplifies the cohort effect and simplifies administration by working with a single supplier.

Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation

Participants explore and gain a deeper understanding of 4 common pathways to commercialising technology, as well as a guide for navigating the startup ecosystem. 

Responsible Research & Innovation

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. 

Collaboration & Multi-Disciplinary Working

Researchers learn how to apply tools and techniques that support and promote effective collaboration, including group decision making and consensus building.  

Innovation Tools

Participants learn the key stages of the innovation process and specific tools and methods that when applied, can significantly increase innovation success rates. 

Presentation Skills

Learn how to create and deliver impactful presentations. This includes presentation design, dealing with difficult questions and how to present complex data. 

Career Planning

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.

Social Media 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.  

Leadership Skills

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.

Networking Skills

Our interactive approach to teaching networking skills helps to eliminate fear, while learning practical and effective techniques to help participants develop this critically important skill.

Science Communication

Learn how to effectively communicate your research to a range of different audiences, as well as exploring specific strategies for increasing public engagement. 

Project Management

Learn proven and effective project management techniques and methodologies specifically tailored to the lab environment as well as planning and managing PhD theses.    

Working with Industry

Researchers learn to understand key industry drivers and how to speak the “language of business”. Participants learn how to explain their research in a way that is relevant and compelling to industry. 

Working in Teams

Learn and practice the skills required to work well as part of a team, including how to inspire teammates, knowing when to compromise and negotiation and influencing skills. 

Equality & Diversity

Participants learn about their responsibilities to promote and support equality and diversity in the workplace as well as how to effectively handle challenging situations. 


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.

The Team

A Diverse & Talented Team of Trainers, Coaches, Content Developers and Entrepreneurs

Leigh Biagi

Leigh is a communication skills trainer and coach with over 25 years’ experience. She trained and worked as an actor and uses elements of her acting training to help people develop soft skills. She specialises in presentation and public speaking skills and is experienced in delivering a range of communication skills training, including; managing meetings, difficult conversations and influencing and negotiation. Leigh is passionate about showing how small changes can amplify an individual’s personal impact.

Anna Valeria Luciana

Anna is an experienced learning & development professional with 15 years experience in business consultancy and academia. She has worked with clients including American Express, P&G, Facebook, UK Government, Historic Environment Scotland, Royal Agricultural Society of Scotland, Edinburgh University, Stirling University and Glasgow Caledonian University. She holds masters degrees in Management Consultancy and International Human Resource Management and is a Chartered Member of CIPD.  

Jamie Gallagher

In his role as the public engagement lead for the University of Glasgow, Jamie has worked improving the reach, profile and impact of research in a range of academic disciplines. As an award winning speaker and trainer, he speaks to thousands of people each year and has been published in 19 different countries. He has a PhD in Chemistry and Electrical Engineering and was named one of the “100 leading practising scientists in the UK”.

Joanne Hagerty

Joanne is a creative and entrepreneurial consultant and trainer who loves using systematic innovation tools and techniques to bring ideas to life. She has first hand experience building and growing enterprises across a range of sectors. Joanne enjoys working on porjects where technologies emerge and sectors converge. Joanne has extensive experience, delivering workshops to over 800 enterprises helping them grow their enterprises through practical and pragmatic use of innovation.

Heather Livingston

Heather is an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach. She specialises in helping individuals and groups work positively towards effective career transition, change and development.  Heather is a fully qualified Careers Adviser and member of the CDI (Career Development Institute) with 20 years career management experience across all sectors. She is skilled in developing and delivering workshops to help people successfully develop and progress in their careers with confidence and purpose.

Lynne O’Neil

Lynne is a certified professional coach, facilitator and business adviser. For over 20 years Lynne has worked with individuals, teams, entrepreneurs, and senior managers in creative, cultural, corporate, charitable and third sectors. Lynne has a strong track record supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, having been the Front of Room Leader for the innovative “Starter for Six” programme run through The Cultural Enterprise Office from 2008-2013, as well as developing the digital e-learning strategy for creative startups.

Kev Walls

Kevin is an action oriented consultant and trainer who loves working to accelerate growth in early stage start-ups. In his previous role at Entrepreneurial Spark in just 2 years he supported over 100 entrepreneurs in accelerating their businesses. Collectively they have generated over £7m in sales, raised £1,5m in funding and created 26 new jobs. He works closely with entrepreneurs delivering workshops in areas including business model canvas, knowing your customers and pitching.

Zach Sorrells

Zach has been working in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship for over 15 years.  He’s an experienced trainer, facilitator, coach and entrepreneur and believes in a disciplined, structured and systems-based approach to innovation and business growth.  He has applied, or taught, this approach in a variety of roles with individuals, companies and organizations ranging from multi-nationals, SMEs, economic development agencies, universities, SMEs, angel investors, startups and high school students.

Heather Asiala

Heather is a marketing and programme management professional with experience in supporting emerging entrepreneurs in the higher education sector. Heather is SEN Programme Manager for Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN), University of Strathclyde, which helps Strathclyde students and graduates with business creation and growth. She has a background in non-profit administration and communications and is experienced in working in higher education institutions both in the US and the UK.

Alison Gray

Alison is the founder & Director of Skillfluence. She has a worked for over 15 years in the skills arena for Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Careers Scotland. Alison studied cutting edge Training Design at UC Berkeley, Collaborative Leadership at the American Management Association and Lean Startup methodology at Stanford University. She is passionate about science & technology and specialises in tailoring innovative training programmes for science professionals.

Paul Macalindin

Paul has worked across Europe for 15 years as a trainer in intercultural communication, strategy, leadership, negotiation, creativity and innovation. His clients include DHL, Deutsche Telecom, Allianz, Generali and Deutsche Bank. As the leader of numerous international classical music projects, Paul practices what he preaches. He is recipient of the first Global Blue Ocean Shift Award for innovative business strategy presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

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