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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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    Methods for Change: Project update March 2021

    The Methods for Change team reflect on key lessons and challenges faced in their project so far

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    Research Method: Systems Origami

    Exploring the Systems Origami research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Engaged Capacity-building Workshops

    Exploring the Engaged Capacity-building Workshops research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Case study: Blue Shoes Productions

    Blue Shoes Productions is a socially responsible production company based in Manchester.

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    Research Method: Gentle Methodologies

    Exploring the gentle methodologies research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Object-oriented Interviews

    Exploring the object-oriented Interviews research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Sociological Discourse Analysis

    Exploring the Sociological Discourse Analysis research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Participatory Mapping

    Exploring the participatory mapping research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    What’s different about social science entrepreneurship?

    A Q&A session from the Aspect Entrepreneurship Community of Practice

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    Research Method: Photo Go-alongs

    Exploring the Photo go-alongs research method with the Methods for Change project.

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    Research Method: Follow the Thing

    Exploring the Follow the thing research method with the Methods for Change project

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    Research Method: Oral Histories and Futures

    Exploring Oral Histories and Futures research with the Methods for Change project

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    Research Method: Participatory Activist Research

    Exploring Participatory Activist Research with the Methods for Change project

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    Profit with purpose: The ASAP Impact Report

    Highlights the key results and programme activities from the inaugural ASAP cohort.

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    Webinar: Measuring the success of social science commercialisation

    A panel of leading voices in social science commercialisation explore how its success can be measured.

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    Tackling taboos through research in ventures

    Supporting start-ups working on taboo topics, in ageing and wider aspects of health.

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    The Language of Entrepreneurship

    A Q&A Session from the Aspect Entrepreneurship Community of Practice

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    Innovating revenue generation to sustain university entrepreneurship hubs

    A knowledge sharing session from the Entrepreneurship Community of Practice

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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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