Science and Business Learn From Each Other

4 June 2012

Science and Business Learn From Each Other

Science students from a range of departments including Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biological and Plant Sciences had the opportunity to learn from business this week, when staff from the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School...

 

Science students from a range of departments including Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biological and Plant Sciences had the opportunity to learn from business this week, when staff from the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School, ran workshops for students to gain a better understanding of how to commercialise knowledge and how commercial organisations function. The sessions were attended by undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Working with Plant Science PhD students, Dr Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj helped students to explore how they could commercialise their work. Dr Janjuha-Jivraj explained: 'Many PhD students aren't confident about how best to commercialise their work and these workshops provided them with an opportunity to learn more about this area and to work together to look at this particular issue.'

Keith Heron who ran the 'Understanding Commercial Organisations' workshop for undergraduate science students commented: 'It was great to get together a group of students who might not normally have thought about how commercial organisations functions or indeed have considered running their own business. Students not only learnt how organisations function and to understand how to design and pitch creative ideas themselves but more importantly they developed an appreciation of commercial concepts of 'culture, language, and structures' that will enhance their self-confidence prior to their placement programmes.'

The Centre for Entrepreneurship works closely with departments and the Student Employment, Experience & Careers Centre on sessions for students as well as providing a range of modules that any University of Reading students can attend.