The Manchester Enterprise School is a four day residential enterprise school managed by Manchester Enterprise Centre and will be taking place this year at the Old England Hotel, Bowness, in the Lake District, from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th July 2015 for 40 postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers.


The Enterprise School aims to increase the employability of Ph.D. students and research staff by improving their enterprise skills in a highly interactive, group working environment, tutored by experts and guest entrepreneurs but with the key being working on real ideas generated during the course.

The Enterprise School is open to all Ph.D. students or research staff from any faculty and attendees will work in groups on ideas generated from problems in the Lake District, producing a “Dragons Den” style pitch at the end of the course. Along the way, to guide the groups will be sessions covering opportunity recognition, market research, intellectual property, basic finance and team building. Groups will conduct market research with real people and businesses in the local area to test their ideas.

Feedback from previous events has been excellent, and many attendees have kept in touch via social networking on their return to their own departments. Several have used the event as a springboard to launch their own business and follow up data has shown attendees using their new skills regularly when they return to academia and in the workplace.

You can read reports of previous years activities here –

For more details contact Dr Robert A. Phillips (, or to book your free place (transport also provided free) contact Elisa Harrocks (, giving your school, course and a short paragraph as to why you would like a place and what you hope to gain from the experience. If selected you will be required to pay of £50 deposit (cheque or cash) which will be refunded on attendance.