• "Aspect is changing the way people gain recognition for their role in SHAPE"

    We’re dedicated to training opportunities that foster collective growth in SHAPE research innovation

    Aspect training is for professionals, academics, and the public, united in our mission to share experiences, ideas, strategies, and learnings

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    • Our training sessions are designed to empower university staff in SHAPE research commercialisation, enriching their skills to fortify and expand institutional ecosystems. Complementing these sessions are resources available on the Aspect Members’ Platform, ranging from templates to “Train-the-Trainer” toolkits, and knowledge shares from fellow members

    • We’re committed to delivering collective insights from our membership to assist academics in amplifying the impact of their research. With tailored training sessions and self-learning courses on the Aspect Members Platform, covering diverse subjects from expanding social media networks to establishing social ventures, there’s something for every researcher, from the inquisitive learner to the ambitious entrepreneur

      Are you ready to take your idea to the next level? Then the Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator could be the route for you

    • Whether you’re an investor, consultant, public body, or visionary, SHAPE presents an exciting frontier to explore. Ventures emerging from university pipelines are reshaping concepts of impact investment, corporate social responsibility, ESG frameworks, and more. Join us in this dynamic landscape

    • We’re pioneering the recognition of roles and activities within SHAPE through Aspect Smart Badges. These blockchain-based micro-credentials validate completion of Aspect training and participation in our and our members’ activities, providing tangible proof of acquired skills and knowledge for career advancement


    Recognising the demands of busy schedules and global time zones, we offer online training materials for Aspect Members to access at their convenience. Developed collaboratively to empower academics and professional support staff, our suite of resources includes pathways like The Social Venture Pathway, helping academics launch their own social ventures; the Games Development Pathway, offering insights from industry and academic professionals of converting research into both tabletop and digital video games, and Building on ABC developed by Aspect Members the University of Oxford, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Glasgow, University of Birmingham, York University, and Durham University providing a comprehensive knowledge exchange training programme.  We also collaborate with a number of external organisations to share their learnings, with courses on embedding sustainability, legal structures for ventures and tools for effective project communication and marketing


    Since our inception, we’ve championed experimentation and collaborative learning to foster SHAPE ventures’ growth. Uniquely, our network is built by members, ensuring that our collective knowledge is shared and utilised for the benefit of all. Our upcoming training sessions cover topics such as the nuances of licensing, consultancy, and contract research; strategies to promote research, identify collaborators, and enhancing scholarly impact on LinkedIn, and approaches to structuring CPD programmes, leveraging research outcomes, and engaging partners effectively, all designed to enhance skills and impact. These training sessions are held online with time commitments from four hours to 10 depending on the course. As with all of our training, participants will be issued with micro-credentials via our Smart Badges upon completion to attest to the knowledge and skills gained


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    Since 2018, our members have been actively collaborating on the development of resources and materials derived from the Aspect Testbed projects

    These initiatives provide valuable insights, tools, and resources to navigate the dynamic SHAPE ecosystem, empowering individuals and organisations to maximise positive impact from SHAPE research

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    Zinc Case Studies

    Case studies demonstrating some of the partnerships between Zinc ventures and universities.

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    Innovation Fellows Project Report

    This report provides detailed explanations and findings of Manchester’s pilot.

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    Creative Challenge Series Event Report

    Summary of the event, sharing lessons and guidance on how to run similar events.

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    Ecosystem Audit Outputs

    Drawing on the wealth of entrepreneurial activities and opportunities that exist across the Aspect network.

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    Aspect International Project Report

    A detailed report that shares the learnings and findings from the Internationalisation of Aspect pilot project.

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    How is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion translated into business engagement practice?

    Exploring how CoP members are addressing issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

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    FinTech Deep Dive Resources

    Videos and a guide exploring good practice in engagement between academics, universities FinTech organisations

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    HealthTech Deep Dive

    A deep dive to explore how social sciences research can add meaningful insights to the health-tech industry.

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    Ludic Labs

    Discover how Ludic Labs is supporting the production of educational games generated by social science research.

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    LegalTech Deep Dive Project

    Exploring collaboration between universities, academincs and law firms.

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    The Creative Industries ‘Deep Dives’  

    An investigation into activities between social science academics and the creative industries in the Northwest of England to highlight a plethora of activity in this area.

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    The Ideas Box: Making Enterprise, Engagement & Impact Everyone’s Business

    The Business Engagement COP, led by The University of York, has produced a range of materials exploring barriers and opportunities.

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    Aspect Toolkit

    The Aspect toolkit captures the lessons learned during Aspect’s first three years, disseminating shared knowledge and providing practical guidance that other institutions can use for inspiration in their own activities.

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    ASAP: Post-Programme Outputs

    An update on how ASAP is supporting a like-minded community of student entrepreneurs who are building socially impactful and responsible scalable businesses.

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    Methods for Change: Mapping as Octopus

    Here we join Heather Miles, University of Manchester, reflecting On the Creative Methods Zoo question “If your research method were an animal, what would it be?”

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    Methods for Change: Bumble Bees and Creativities

    In this guest blog post Lauren White, an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, shares her reflections and methodological musings from the Creative Methods Zoo.

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    Podcast mini series: The ASAP Club

    The mini-series aims to inform, inspire, and prepare early-stage innovators, preparing them for life as an entrepreneur.

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    Methods for Change: Creative collaborations for sharing postgraduate research

    In this article, six postgraduate researchers profiled in the gallery reflect on their experiences of collaborating with Methods for Change creatives to communicate their methods in thought-provoking ways.

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    The Aspect toolkit captures the lessons learned during Aspect’s first three years, disseminating shared knowledge and providing practical guidance that other institutions can use for inspiration in their own activities

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