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

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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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    ARC Project profile: Children’s Voice

    Sarah Ward provides an overview of her venture, an initiative addressing child poverty by putting young people at the heart of policy interventions designed to help them.

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    Social Business Model Innovation Report

    Exploring how social science startups ideate and evolve their business models

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    Research Method: Participant Packs

    Exploring Participant Packs: A Flexible, Inclusive and Accessible Method, with the Methods for Change project.

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    ASAP Webinar – Launch Event

    ASAP Webinar Launch event

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    Research Method: Elliptical Methodologies

    Exploring the Elliptical Methodologies research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Mobile Visual Methods

    Exploring the Mobile Visual Methods approach with the Methods for Change project.

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    Case study: Here We Flow

    Here We Flow is a social start-up bringing organic feminine hygiene products to the mass market in the UK.

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    ARC Project profile: Set, Ready, Safety

    Lisa Kelly provides an overview of her venture, a digital training, safety and compliance app for film production.

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    ARC Project profile: Situate

    Lawrence Barsalou provides an overview of his venture, which aims to assess a health behaviour, like stress, on two dimensions of situatedness.

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    Research Method: Graphic Interviews

    Exploring the graphic interviews: graphic elicitation and sketch reportage research method.

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    ARC Project profile: OnTrack Rehab

    Gianpaolo Fusari provides an overview of his venture, OnTrack Rehab helping stroke survivors.

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    ARC Project profile: SPARC

    Mark Doffman provides an overview of his venture, supporting art organisations in a post-pandemic world.

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    Research Methods: Geographical Biographies

    Exploring the Geographical Biography research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Case study: Generation Purple

    Generation Purple seeks to enhance diversity in graduate recruitment through digital initiatives

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    Research Method: Participatory Qualitative Interviews

    Exploring the Participatory Qualitative Interviews research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Social Science / Social Ventures

    Which is what and what is the difference?

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    ARC Accelerator: Class of 2021

    Welcoming the Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator class of 2021

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    Case study: Devie

    Devie is a digital coaching app supporting parents of early years children.

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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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