Aspect Members: University of Reading (Henley Business School), Cardiff University, University of Glasgow, The University of Manchester, University of Sussex, University of York, University of Durham, University of Exeter, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Teesside University.  

What is the project doing? 

This project aims to explore how systems underpinning academic career progression can be better aligned to support meaningful engagement with E&I. It will examine the current state of play with ASPECT partners in terms of recognition, reward and workload allocation and co-create solutions. These will be presented in a project report and position paper for senior stakeholders at network universities, as well as resources for ASPECT partners. In addition, the project will develop recommendations for developing and implementing an enterprise pathway(s). 

Why is this needed? 

A perceived lack of engagement from academics has been identified as one of the foremost reasons for comparatively low levels of entrepreneurship and innovation (E&I) relating to commercialisation in the social sciences (Aspect Learning Gain Report, 2021). This project aims to address this issue through systemic change. 

How can members get involved? 

Whilst University of Reading and University of Sussex will lead on the work packages, the other named partners will actively contribute, including direct participation, provision of feedback and co-creating solutions. The project is designed to benefit all Aspect members and offers opportunities to participate in all work packages, which have consultation built in. 

For further information please contact Loran Hards (