For staff


Engage is a new online learning programme that consolidates training and events offered by Edinburgh Innovations to give you the tools and confidence to grasp commercial opportunities and supports translation of your research.

Video: EI Engage introduction
Edinburgh Innovations Engage: Academic Researchers


Engage is a practical programme, focused on the “how to” of external engagement and its associated skills.

Engage is for research staff at any level who are new to external engagement, who aspire to engage in the future, or who wish to enhance their skills and engagement.

Engage is designed to fit into your schedule as a blended learning course. Course content and activities are offered online, with the opportunity to discuss with peers what you have learned, and with a colleague from EI as your facilitator.

There are seven modules in total. You can access them all on this page or click on each module title for more information and enrol in the programme.

You will find that all the modules have clear aims that you can contextualise to your own career pathways and research and knowledge exchange aspirations. Each module takes between one to three hours to complete over a four-week window and you have the flexibility to complete modules in any order of your choosing.  You can enrol in only one, a few, or complete the whole programme, depending on your own needs.

If you do want to complete the whole programme, the suggested progression is as follows, although you can complete it over a series of offerings.  The programme will be available each semester.

However, we suggest an ideal pathway is to complete modules in 3-2-2 clusters as follows: 

EI Engage modules



You’ll be guided through each module by the experienced team at Edinburgh Innovations and learn alongside your University of Edinburgh peers.

If you have any specific questions on Engage, please contact:


*Please note, the How do I build relationships and network module requires you to attend an in-person workshop on 5 October 2021, 9:30am-12:00pm. If you can’t attend, please email and we will send you a unique link to access an online version you can complete at any time before 15 October.



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