Oxford University Innovation provided the team with guidance and support on all the aspects of setting up a business, including planning and legal advice, as well as providing training workshops covering everything from directing to accounting.

With increased focus on supporting colleagues in the Humanities Division during the year, OUI staff from both the Licensing & Ventures and the Consulting Services teams supported innovative projects with social and economic impact.

A number of these engagements were highlighted in a brochure designed to demonstrate the breadth of innovative activity from the Division, with further detail on our website to assist and encourage other researchers interested in utilising our services.

‘Talkabout’ Guides for museums and country houses are being created by a team of graduate students from the Division. Traditional paper guides are transformed into apps which provide users with an opportunity to take self-guided, conversation-based tours through museums and heritage sites. Oxford University Innovation provided the team with guidance and support on all the aspects of setting up a business, including planning and legal advice, as well as providing training workshops covering everything from directing to accounting.

Continued engagement between the Faculty of English and the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, following the conclusion of a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship to run script writing workshops, was arranged by OUI. A services agreement to allow flexible ongoing support, whilst ensuring that necessary legal protections were in place, was arranged by Consulting Services.

Preparation started for a Humanities Innovation Challenge Competition, developed with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), to encourage researchers, students and staff to develop entrepreneurial ideas which could potentially enrich their own work, communicate to a wider audience, and develop new perspectives. This competition has led directly to opportunities for OUI staff to assist colleagues in the Humanities Division, and will be repeated.

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