UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

Register your interest for our July 2018 Course

UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

Register your interest for our July 2018 Course


Leadership Excellence Through Creativity and Innovation

To navigate disruptive challenges such as Brexit, the ‘War for Talent’ and digitisation, today’s managers require the mindset and skill-set to adapt to change, seize opportunity and drive innovation in their business in order to stay competitive and resilient.

This Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is awarded by University College Dublin. It offers a hands-on learning experience that will contribute to a mind-set change and equip current middle to senior managers and those returning to employment with the leadership skills to drive innovation within SMEs and large businesses in all industries and sectors. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within the context of a business. Throughout the final module (Professional Practice) project participants will practice how to be entrepreneurial within an organisation and how to inspire others to innovate in a collaborative way.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will see a progression in their career.

The value of this course is €2,600. It is free for eligible job-seekers, homemakers and carers applying through the HEA Springboard+ initiative. For eligible applicants who are in employment the course is €260 (i.e. subsidised by 90%) through the same initiative.

The course builds on almost ten years experience of designing and implementing programmes for thousands of postgraduate learners of all disciplines in UCD and for Industry.


 


 

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Leadership Excellence Through Creativity and Innovation

To navigate disruptive challenges such as Brexit, the ‘War for Talent’ and digitisation, today’s managers require the mindset and skill-set to adapt to change, seize opportunity and drive innovation in their business in order to stay competitive and resilient.

This Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is awarded by University College Dublin. It offers a hands-on learning experience that will contribute to a mind-set change and equip current middle to senior managers and those returning to employment with the leadership skills to drive innovation within SMEs and large businesses in all industries and sectors. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within the context of a business. Throughout the final module (Professional Practice) project participants will practice how to be entrepreneurial within an organisation and how to inspire others to innovate in a collaborative way.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will see a progression in their career.

The value of this course is €2,600. It is free for eligible job-seekers, homemakers and carers applying through the HEA Springboard+ initiative. For eligible applicants who are in employment the course is €260 (i.e. subsidised by 90%) through the same initiative.

The course builds on almost ten years experience of designing and implementing programmes for thousands of postgraduate learners of all disciplines in UCD and for Industry.

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Curriculum and Learning

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership has been developed in collaboration with industry and leverages the significant experience of UCD Innovation Academy. It is designed in response to the perceived threats to the competitiveness of SMEs and large business.

Read about our team.

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Curriculum and Learning

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership has been developed in collaboration with industry and leverages the significant experience of UCD Innovation Academy. It is designed in response to the perceived threats to the competitiveness of SMEs and large business.

Read about our team.

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Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset
By enhancing the creative confidence of participants and learning to think like an entrepreneur, participants will build their capacity to identify opportunities of value, to develop, share and iterate these ideas; and to engage the strengths of colleagues to execute these ideas for the benefit of their business.

Acquire the Skills to Innovate
Participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership will learn to use proven approaches to strengthen their business acumen and to foster a culture of innovation within a business. Course participants will learn to

  • Identify and critically evaluate ideas of value from customer insights;
  • Collaborate in a way that plays to the strengths of others;
  • Communicate in an engaging way to engender support for new initiatives;
  • Prototype, test and iterate ideas based on customer experiences;
  • Quickly develop and adapt business models to incorporate new opportunities;
  • Appreciate the possibilities that new technologies can offer a business;
  • Develop the influencing skills to embed a culture of innovation across the business.

Practice Proven Tools and Methods
Participants will practice step-by-step methods (e.g. Design Thinking, Value Proposition Design) to put their newly developed innovation skills to work quickly and start making an impact.


Participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership will learn by doing from an international, cross-disciplinary team of entrepreneurs, ‘intrapreneurs’ and academics at the O’Brien Centre for Science, a world-class learning facility in University College Dublin.

Innovation Project – Deploy New Skills Quickly
Participants will be required to undertake an innovation project to apply their newly developed skills and utilize a toolkit of approaches to solve a problem relevant to their business (or a business selected for them in the case of those returning to employment). By embedding an innovation project as part of the formal learning of the course, not only will participants have the opportunity to practice their skills but they will have an opportunity to prove the viability of adopting these low-cost, rapid, design-led approaches to innovation to their peers and seniors. Participants will receive innovation coaching towards the implementation of this project from the UCD Innovation Academy Entrepreneurial Specialists.

Learn from a Highly Experienced Team, Embedded in the Innovation Ecosystem
UCD Innovation Academy has an extensive, deep network of relationships across the SME, Corporate, Not-for-Profit and Public sectors. Our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists are themselves practicing entrepreneurs who are immersed in the ecosystem. They have also facilitated innovation modules for SME senior management teams on Enterprise Ireland’s prestigious Go Global for Growth Programme as well as New Frontiers, Science Foundation Ireland’s SPARK accelerator and the Social Innovation Funds ‘Animate’ and ‘Think Tech’ Accelerators.

Guest Lectures, Fireside Chats and Co-Facilitators with Proven Real-world Experience
While our team of Entrepreneurial Specialists are all immersed in the ecosystem, the course will also integrate 5-6 guests through panel discussions and one-to-one interviews offering a ‘warts and all’ insight into the challenges of leading innovation in business.

Learn from Peers and Build a New Professional Network
This course places an emphasis on teamwork, collaboration and fostering a strong community of learners enabling networking and peer-to-peer learning to take place. Through a combination of in-class activity and evening events we hope to create an environment where new professional networks can flourish.

Gain the ‘UCD Advantage’
UCD Innovation Academy is located in the O’Brien Centre for Science, a flagship facility at the heart of University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university. Being part of UCD is of significant benefit to the participants of all of our courses and will offer participants on the Professional Diploma:

1) As Ireland’s ‘Global University’ UCD offers extensive international networks
2) Access to world-class research expertise (facilitated by UCD Innovation Academy) and facilities in a highly collaborative environment;
3) Access to a world-class library facility and study/work space;
4) Access to UCD Career Development Centre, including career guidance support and online resources for up to two years after graduation;
5) Access to a wide range of talks and networking events outside of the course.

Get ‘Hands-on’ with Emerging Technology at UCD Innovation Academy Labs:
UCD Innovation Academy offers participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership access to a high-end prototyping space with equipment and expertise from an interdisciplinary team of 12 UCD Innovation Academy Creativity and Technology Fellows who regularly contribute to modules at UCD Innovation Academy. This facility offers participants an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ with emerging technology and understand the value that it can offer a business.

This course is designed to equip participants with the skills that will help them to become a recognised champion for innovation within an SME or large business. It is expected that all participants will see a progression in their career.

Participants returning to employment will enhance their CV, gain business acumen related to critical issues facing Irish businesses such as Brexit and digitisation (making them more attractive to prospective employers facing these issues in particular) and join a network of emerging innovation leaders.

Participants in employment will take on new responsibilities (i.e. leading business-critical projects), and/or gain promotion within their existing business and increasingly work directly with senior management.

Finally, for those experienced managers who are returning to Ireland, this course represents an opportunity to reintegrate quickly into the business ecosystem.


Course Entry Requirements

Educational Requirement

All applicants must be in professional practice and hold a minimum of an honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline – OR – 5+ years relevant employment history, in the absence of a degree.

Springboard+ Requirement

  • Employed applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme;
  • Note: Employed applicants will be required to pay a fee which equates to 10% of the actual total fee cost of the course.
  • Be in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection (see complete list here– OR – Be signing for social insurance contribution credits – OR – Be previously self-employed;
  • Be actively seeking employment;
  • Provide proof of welfare payment status. Examples of what you can provide include: a payment receipt (with the payment amount redacted); a copy of the completed PTEO form or any in date correspondence from the DSP. You may also log into www.mywelfare.ie and download details of their claim for verification purposes.
  • Be a Homemaker/Carer for a minimum period of 12 months prior to your application;
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding your entry to the programme;
  • You must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status. A form to complete this process is available here.
  • Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant should be sufficient – OR – Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths stating that you are no longer self-employed.

Please click here for full Springboard+ Courses  Eligibility criteria.

Prof Dip CIL Fees


Course Entry Requirements

Educational Requirement

All applicants must be in professional practice and hold a minimum of an honours degree (Level 8) in any discipline – OR – 5+ years relevant employment history, in the absence of a degree.

Springboard+ Requirement

  • Employed applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme;
  • Note: Employed applicants will be required to pay a fee which equates to 10% of the actual total fee cost of the course.
  • Be in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection (see complete list here– OR – Be signing for social insurance contribution credits – OR – Be previously self-employed;
  • Be actively seeking employment;
  • Provide proof of welfare payment status. Examples of what you can provide include: a payment receipt (with the payment amount redacted); a copy of the completed PTEO form or any in date correspondence from the DSP. You may also log into www.mywelfare.ie and download details of their claim for verification purposes.
  • Be a Homemaker/Carer for a minimum period of 12 months prior to your application;
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding your entry to the programme;
  • You must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status. A form to complete this process is available here.
  • Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant should be sufficient – OR – Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths stating that you are no longer self-employed.

Please click here for full Springboard+ Courses  Eligibility criteria.

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Prof Dip CIL Fees




Transcripts

An up-to-date CV and Transcripts are required as part of the application process.

An Academic Transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertook your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution.

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English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country. Click here for full English Language Requirements.

English Language Requirements


Meet the Innovation Academy Admission Team

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You can contact the UCD Innovation Academy admissions team a number of different ways, if you’ve had problems applying for a Springboard place or if you have questions about the modules.

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Transcripts

An up-to-date CV and Transcripts are required as part of the application process.

An Academic Transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertook your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution.

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English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country. Click here for full English Language Requirements.

English Language Requirements

Meet the Innovation Academy Admission Team

You can contact the UCD Innovation Academy admissions team a number of different ways, if you’ve had problems applying for a Springboard place or if you have questions about the modules.

Mary Saunders, Marketing & Programmes Executive

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mary.saunders@ucdconnect.ie
+353 (0) 1 716 2046



“Our collaboration with UCD Innovation Academy is an important part of our wider innovation agenda and has been well received across the business. The quality of the ideas identified through this initiative were excellent, and a number have since been actioned.” – Ciaran Doran, Business Transformation Manager, ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets

“Our collaboration with UCD Innovation Academy is an important part of our wider innovation agenda and has been well received across the business. The quality of the ideas identified through this initiative were excellent, and a number have since been actioned. – Ciaran Doran, Business Transformation Manager, ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets

 

 

 

David NevinSpringboard+: UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership