ABaCuSS

This programme aims to develop and provide a proof of concept for working models of intrapreneurship within the social sciences, and bring social scientists and industry partners closer together. The ABaCuSS platform will drive real-world use of innovative, world-leading social science research, widen networks for future collaborations and provide a platform to develop business relationships.

ABaCuSS will develop practical skills for students coming from a diverse field of disciplines, and tap into the broader Aspect network to create a robust programme of delivery and support.

You can find out more about ABaCuSS at: https://abacus-s.org/  

ABaCuSS Internship Programme

Deadline for applications 16 March 2021

Are you a social science PhD student looking to diversify your capabilities, set your CV apart with business innovation, and expand your network?

Apply to Accelerator for Business Challenges and Social Science (ABaCuSS), a full time, paid, 9-week internship programme where students will:

  • Work with a business to advance a specific project using intrapreneurial methods
  • Accomplish a transformative business challenge using intrapreneurial skills
  • Take part in an exciting programme of training and support, starting with a virtual bootcamp
  • Receive individual coaching, business skills trainings and high energy workshops with the whole ABaCuSS cohort
  • Build your network by hearing from innovators, members of the business community and other academics

Four ABaCuSS placements will be hosted at the University of Glasgow and three at the University of Manchester. Placements are open to PhD researchers from any funding background (such as AHRC/ESRC or other) within the College Social Science/Faculty of Humanities at the University of Glasgow and the University of Manchester.

We encourage applicants to apply to more than one, or all, of the ABaCuSS projects to increase your chance of being placed on this exciting programme. 

Please discuss participation in the internship programme with your supervisor in advance to determine any pause in research and/or approval from funders.

University of Glasgow Hosted Internships 

Open to University of Glasgow PhD students only

The Leadership Factory

Intrapreneurial Accelerator Research Internship

The Leadership Factory is a management consultancy who provide ambitious solutions to companies looking to champion diversity and positive impact development. The Leadership Factory is looking to test, evaluate and identify strengths of a programme developed for a major pharmaceutical company in Scotland.

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Tandem

Transport Service Price Prediction Internship

Tandem is an innovative start-up optimising local shared transit options in small cities, and towns across the UK. The student placed with Tandem will work with data sets and public assets to develop a predictive journey pricing model.

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The Crichton Trust

Zero Carbon Internship & Technology & Rurality Internship

The Crichton Trust is an innovative social enterprise leading #TheCrichton through its next exciting phase of development. They have the aim to ‘connect people, place and the past to shape the future’, primarily via the enterprising custodianship of The Crichton Estate, creating a world-renowned home and destination for innovation; a place for people to cohabit and share ideas – all inspired by The Crichton’s extraordinary history, places and spaces and rooted in a rural setting and gigabit connection to the world.

Apply here

University of Manchester Hosted Internships 

Open to University of Manchester PhD students only

Diverse and Equal

Diversity in Technology Internship

Diverse and Equal is a tech for good organisation that equips people from underserved backgrounds to fulfil critical roles in tech and empower organizations to create cultures that celebrate difference. Diverse and Equal works to understand the impact of the lack of diversity in product creation and services powered by tech, and the placed student will aid in providing evidence-led guidance for trainings and recommendations on where underrepresented groups in organisations are positioned to build more robust products and services fit for the global market.

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Faithful + Gould

Sustainable Construction Practices Internship

Faithful + Gould is an integrated project and programme management consultancy, and is seeking a student to address methods to improve cost certainty in low-cost certain environments in the construction industry, with an emphasis on sustainable practice i.e. whole life cost approach to decision-making. The project will centre on a case study of the restoration of the Grade I listed Manchester Town Hall for Manchester City Council

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Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator

Aspect’s accelerator programme for social science academics and researchers.

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Aspect Student Accelerator Programme (ASAP)

Aspect’s social sciences student and alumni accelerator programme.

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Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Mapping

Identifying and mapping relevant resources for entrepreneurs and alumni.

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ABaCuSS

Developing working models of intrapreneurship in the social sciences.

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Methods for Change

Showcasing the value of social science methodologies to non-academic sectors.

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Marketing Toolkit

Developing a series of guidance and good practice cases for the communication needs associated with social science commercialisation.

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Research Commercialisation Workshop Series

Developing good practice for social sciences commercialisation.

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Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

A series of six workshops aimed at developing social innovation-based entrepreneurial activities.

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Aspect Podcast and Creative Challenge Series

Supporting social scientist entrepreneurs.

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The Mobilise Carer Assessment Platform

Supporting family and other informal carers as they adapt to caring under COVID-19 related restrictions.

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Digital Information Literacy Programme for Schools

Creating a pilot teacher training resource to combat online misinformation.

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Business Engagement insight generation

Exploring good practice cases in social sciences business engagement.

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Board Games Commercialisation

Creating an Ed Tech Games Hub for the Aspect consortium.

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Internationalisation of Aspect

Building relationships with HEIs in middle income countries.

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Research Funding Prize for Zinc Mission 2 Businesses

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Research Fellowships in Zinc Mission 3

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