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A Creative Enlightenment 2017:

Social and Digital Ventures

16 | 23 | 30 March 2017

Dundee | Edinburgh | Glasgow

Do you have a creative idea? Are you thinking about starting your own company or social enterprise? Looking for inspiration in how digital platforms can enhance your work? A Creative Enlightenment is for you …

This training programme is for doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities from across Scotland who are thinking about how they can apply their skills and experience beyond the PhD, particularly in relation to being self-employed or starting a business or social enterprise. 

Programme overview

A Creative Enlightenment (ACE) incorporates a mix of workshops and talks that look at aspects of setting up a social enterprise, protecting your intellectual property, using digital to develop audiences, sources of funding and pitching your idea.

The programme aims to strike a balance between focusing on your own professional development and bigger picture issues affecting creative and social enterprises.

ACE will take place over three separate days and locations in March 2017. Registration is FREE and participants can attend individual events or all three – please register for each day separately. SGSAH can help with travel costs from your home HEI to the venues.

Dates and locations

Introduction to social enterprise, Dundee: 16 March Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee



Using digital media to engage the public, Edinburgh: 23 March Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh



Pitching and presentation skills, Paisley: 30 March Paisley Museum, Paisley



Timing approximately 10.30am-4.30pm each day with lunch provided



  • Hear from a range of industry speakers including:Beth Bate, Dundee Contemporary Arts;Gillian Easson, Creative Dundee; Katie Ailes, Loud Poets; Philip Hannay, Cloch Solicitors; Rebecca Thompson, Hot Tap Media/Social Screen; Susan Morrison, Bright Club
  • Build skills through a Social Enterprise Academy workshop on starting and running a social enterprise
  • Get an insider view on juggling research with artistic enterprise
  • Find out how to identify, protect and exploit your IP and free IP rights
  • Gain insights into future trends in digital
  • Find out about sources of funding and learn how to find your voice and pitch your idea through a Bright Club Workshop
  • Apply your research thinking to real industry challenges


SGSAH will select applications based on the application form provided.  SGSAH will also apply strategic criteria including range of HEIs, subjects and geographies. 

  • Open to doctoral researchers at any SGSAH member HEI within arts and humanities;
  • Researchers in their first to third year (full time equivalent) are eligible to apply. This opportunity is not open to those in their fourth year or who have already submitted;
  • Applicants are required to confirm that their supervisory team supports their application.


Participation is free.

This programme is designed so that travel to and from each location is manageable and affordable.SGSAH will pay for reasonable travel expenses to the training events from your home institution.

Overnight accommodation expenses may be available in some cases.

Please refer to our travel and expenses guidance.

How to Apply

Please register from the individual event pages (links above).

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