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Aspect aims to become a self sustaining permanent network beyond its initial 3-year funding. Network membership is now open – find out how we can support you.

Aspect is a network for organisations looking to make the most of commercial and business opportunities from social sciences research.

Aspect for Universities

Aspect offers universities access to best practice for social sciences research commercialisation, links with businesses and opportunities to pilot new approaches to commercialisation. The programme on offer provides support for students, researchers and professional services staff.

We ask that interested universities commit resources to ensure that they can engage meaningfully with the Aspect network, promote the aims of Aspect and have a senior “champion” for the programme. To find out more about the joining the network, get in touch using our contact form.

Aspect for researchers and academics

Aspect offers social science researchers access to inspirational case studies and events that will help develop the skills and contacts to make the most of your research impact.

Aspect also offers lecturers access to resources and curricula for developing enterprise skills in social science students.

For researchers, your first point of contact for commercialisation and enterprise work should be your technology transfer office (or commercial development, enterprise development, engagement teams) in order to make sure that you protect your idea correctly before going external with it.

If your University is a member of the network, you can contact your Aspect representative who will link you to the relevant parts of the network.

If your institution has not signed up to Aspect yet, you can still participate in open events that we run, such as the Annual Aspect event. To keep up to date with Aspect and find out more, please join our Newsletter mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page.

Aspect for business

Businesses can use Aspect to find out what social science research can do to improve productivity, reduce costs, improve sustainability and increase revenue. Aspect can help link you to the best academics in the network to help find research-led solutions to your problems and challenges.

There are many ways that any individual project will work, from a single contract for consultancy services through to multi-year, multi-partner collaborative research. Each project will be different as there will be different organisations involved – you can explore some successful examples here. The Aspect representatives in each institution can help you to navigate the arrangements.

Aspect would also like to involve businesses who are interested in shaping the way that universities commercialise social science research. Joining the network will give you the opportunity to understand the full range of social sciences research and how it can help your businesses. To find out more about the joining the network, get in touch using our contact form.

Aspect for everyone

Aspect welcomes those who share our passion and mission to keep in touch. We publish a regular newsletter and run occasional events that are open to the public. Sign up to join our mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page.

Being part of a connected ecosystem is core to the Aspect mission. We welcome expressions of interest from other networks, associations, public organsations, funding bodies, or others who wish to explore opportunities for collaboration. To find out more about the joining the network, get in touch using our contact form.

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