Full Switch™ Research Consultancy Programme – Funded places available

by | May 2, 2024 | Events, Future events, News | 0 comments

Would you like to gain real-world experience in research consultancy with businesses?

Translation Manchester is providing a unique opportunity to researchers (including PhD students, postdocs, early career researchers and technicians) to engage with industry and get real-world experience as research consultants, through the training programme Full Switch, offered by Code Switch Consultants.

Full Switch™ is an MBA-style Research Consultancy Programme, offering researchers real world research consultancy experience with businesses. During the programme, researchers combine existing research expertise with new skills in consultancy and project management to help business address a wide range of challenges.

The programme aims to substantially boost researchers’ career prospects in any field by focusing on in-demand transferable skills in collaboration, business engagement and project management. For more information see the additional documentation and visit here.

Why Should I join?

Join Full Switch to:  

  • Bridge Science and Business
  • Unlock New Career Possibilities
  • Create a safety net for your career

Here is what previous participants had to say:

“Learning the entire process, from project initiation to the detailed steps necessary to deliver comprehensive research and business reports, was enlightening.”

 “The Full Switch programme significantly enriched my knowledge and enhanced my confidence. Currently, as I navigate my postdoctoral journey, this programme has provided me with a reassuring backup plan.”

“What I appreciate the most is that the programme didn’t take much of my time, allowing me to focus on my postdoctoral work.”

Time Commitment

It is a 6-month programme (1st July – 16th December 2024) with an average commitment of 7 hours/week. During this time, researchers work in interdisciplinary project teams of 5-6 members. The programme is very flexible and it’s 100% online. There are only a few set dates and times for events that researchers are expected to attend. For key dates see below. Associates should attend all workshops, coaching sessions, meetings, and presentations. By applying to this programme, you are committing to all the above and you will need approval from your line manager/supervisor who will need to sign the application form.

Key dates

  • 01/07/24 Introduction to the programme  17:00-19:00
  • 04/07/24 Managing your Consultancy Project 1   17:00-19:00
  • 08/07/24 Managing your Consultancy Project 2  17:00-19:00
  • 10/07/24 Managing your Consultancy Project 3 16:00-19:00
  • 26/07/24 Coaching 2 – Project Management Consultant  16:00-19:00
  • 03/09/24 Delivery stage expectations session – Research Report development and project updates  16:00-17:30
  • 20/11/24 Planning and Producing Effective Business Reports Coaching 17:00-19:00
  • 05/12/24 Evaluating a project  17:00-19:00

This opportunity is open to all researchers (including PhD students, postdocs, early career researchers and technicians) at the University of Manchester. Provided the time commitment to attend the programme, we require for all staff members to be in post for the entire duration of the programme (ending 16th December 2024) or entering their final year of PhD, for PhD students, with strong justification for participation from their managers/supervisors.

How to Apply:

Translation Manchester, via the Wellcome Translational Partnership Award, will fund a limited number of places in the programme (priced at £1,100 per person) for University of Manchester staff and students. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please fill out the application form and submit it to translation@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 31st May 2024. Once we agree to fund your place in the programme, you will still need to register through Code Switch Consultants.