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Training and Development

Introduction from Stef Thorne, Director of Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship

The Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) and the business engagement team are working remotely to develop a responsive, effective and valuable set of resources to make sure our University is connected to our business communities.

Training, funding, research and innovation are key to economic recovery and we have academic expertise, student and graduate talent to enable your development.




Training programme

Under the themes of health and wellbeing, leadership and management, recovery and resilience our programme of virtual breakfasts, webinars, networking and CPD sessions will provide an opportunity for you to engage and upskill with our academic teams.

The sessions are being delivered as bitesize, quaysized and webinized and we have a taster session for one of our bitesized sessions below from Dr Sean Preston, School of Engineering, Arts, Science and Technology.


These sessions are tasters of the wider CPD programme, mini masterclasses and bitesized sessions relating to funded opportunities to work with the University of Suffolk.

Sean Preston, Course Leader in Mobile and Web Development

  • How to install WordPress using cPanel
  • How to create your first online shop and sell products on the web
  • How to choose the perfect domain name for your business
  • How to schedule social media posts to multiple platforms using Buffer (taster session below)

Robert Price, Associate Professor and Course Leader for MBA

  • Polyarchic Leadership in uncertain times.

Debra Gingell, Business Development Manager (CPD)

  • Is your LinkedIn Profile good enough?


These sessions are a longer session and are putting our popular Quay to Growth Business Breakfasts online. Academics will present on a variety of topics using a business breakfast format with plenty of opportunities for Q&A and virtual networking.


These webinars will be specific sessions related to the challenges facing businesses.

All of the events are available to register via our EventBrite pages and will include sessions on:

The programme will continue to develop throughout 2020 to reflect demand so suggestions for sessions are welcomed at Registration is available from today.

Business Development Triage

The Business Engagement team are working remotely and available for virtual consultations as to how you can work with the University of Suffolk to support the recovery and development of your business through innovation. Please email to schedule a call. We are working with our partners across the region to signpost and support you towards appropriate funding.

All of the business breakfasts, networking events and CPD sessions normally based at the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) will be running virtually from May until December 2020. These will be published via social media so please do follow the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre Twitter feed.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Skills development


The Games Hub Manager, Heidi Love,  is delivering a six week virtual enterprise and entrepreneurship skills programme for all budding entrepreneurs within Suffolk, including students and graduates, who would like to learn the basics of setting up a business.

There are a limited number of places of ten places available on this programme which begins on the 30 June 2020 with a Q&A session to help you explore whether this would be of benefit to you. A waiting list will be maintained for a second cohort this autumn. . Please contact Heidi Love 

Register your place

I-teams for Resilience


The University’s first I-teams, funded by EIRA will be running virtually from 1 October 2020.

Originating at MIT and first implemented by the University of Cambridge in 2006, the i-Teams programme is a great way for you to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to your organisation. By combining a team of interdisciplinary students with industry mentors, participants work together to develop a product solution for issues affecting your business.

If you are a business within the East of England with a problem that you would like a team of students to work on with you please contact Heidi Love at If you are a student looking for an exciting opportunity to engage with business and develop your entrepreneurial skills please also email