Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership (OCTOBER 2019)

University College Dublin (PDRES001 - OCT)
Key Programme Details
Award

Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Daytime

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

20

Department

UCD Innovation Academy

General Information
Contact

Mary Saunders

Email

mary.saunders@ucd.ie

Phone

01 716 2064

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Role

Marketing and Recruitment Executive

Important Dates
Application Deadline

05/08/2019

Start Date

16/10/2019

End Date

01/05/2020

About this Course

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” - Professor Peter Drucker

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 lead innovation in their business in order to stay competitive and resilient.

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is a hands-on learning experience that will contribute to a mindset 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. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within the context of a business. Throughout the course-long project, participants will practice how to be entrepreneurial within an organisation and how to inspire others to innovate in a collaborative way.

1 in 5 course participants from 2018 report being promoted within or beyond their current organisation within 3 months of completing the programme, while 81% reported achieving greater professional satisfaction and renewed motivation at work.

Objectives

By taking this course participants develop:

An Entrepreneurial Mindset:
1) Enhance creative confidence (i.e. to develop, share and iterate new ideas);
2) Think like an entrepreneur (i.e. to identify opportunities of value and engage the strengths of colleagues to execute the idea);
3) Develop a 'Growth Mindset.'

Skillset (Proven approaches to foster a culture of innovation within a business):
1) Strengthen business acumen;
2) Identify and critically evaluate ideas of value from customer insights;
3) Collaborate in a way that plays to the strengths of others;
4) Communicate in an engaging way to secure support for new initiatives;
5) Prototype, test and iterate ideas based on customer experiences;
6) Quickly develop and adapt business approaches to incorporate new opportunities;
7) Appreciate the possibilities that new technologies can offer a business;
8) Develop the influencing skills to embed a culture of innovation across the business.

Toolkit (Practice step-by-step methods to put these skills to work quickly):
1) Design Thinking
2) Empathy Mapping
3) Ideation and prototyping techniques
4) Innovation Impact Measurement
5) Personal Business Model Canvas
6) Leadership Odyssey Map
7) Approaches to feedback
Negotiation and Influencing Skills

Network: (Meet and work with like-minded peers across sectors):
1) Join a dynamic Alumni Network
2) Meet leaders and influencers through guest talks

Dynamic Learning Approach:
1) Innovation Project: Apply a newly developed mindset, skillset and toolkit to a real-world problem
2) Mentoring from a highly experienced team of Entrepreneurial Specialists
3) Blended learning approach

Entry Requirements

Participants should hold an undergraduate degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but who can demonstrate extensive professional experience. Typically, such applicants would have five years or more experience where their role includes managing teams, leading projects, programmes or business units.
If you do not have the required documentation (e.g. academic transcripts) to hand, you may still begin an application to this course and upload these documents at a later point.

1. Applicants must satisfy Springboard's requirements to be eligible for funding

2. Applicants must satisfy UCD's requirements for entry to this postgraduate, level 9 course.
This means you must upload original, official transcripts of a minimum of an honours degree, in any discipline (NFQ level 8 or equivalent) and you must upload an up-to-date CV.

In the absence of a degree, 5+ years of relevant work experience may be considered under UCD's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy. Such applicants must submit their CV and any transcripts, certificates etc.

If you are applying under RPL, please review your CV to ensure that it includes the following:-
I. Experience of leadership and self-direction
II. Experience of management or entrepreneurship
III. A description of eg. employee, budget and client responsibilities
IV. Name, role and email address for two professional/employment referees

3. UCD Innovation Academy requires each applicant to upload a satisfactory Letter of Motivation.

Long Description

Overview
Leadership Excellence Through Creativity and Innovation

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

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is a hands-on learning experience that will contribute to a mindset 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.

“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 was excellent, and a number have since been actioned." - Ciaran Doran, Business Transformation Manager, ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets

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.

What will I Learn?
Participants on the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership will:

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 programme are.

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.

How will I Learn?
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 utilise a toolkit of approaches to solve a problem relevant to their business. 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 practising 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 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/workspace;
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.

Why Choose This Course

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” - Professor Peter Drucker

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.

The UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership is 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. Participants will gain the practical tools to develop and execute ideas of value within the context of a business. Throughout the course-long project, participants will practice how to be entrepreneurial within an organisation and how to inspire others to innovate in a collaborative way.

With the UCD Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership, you will build your capacity to become an Innovation Leader while developing the skills and tools to foster a culture of creative thinking in your workplace. As well as the opportunity to work with like-minded peers from across industries, in the third module, you will work on real-world problem to use your new skills practically for the benefit of your business.

About UCD Innovation Academy
Located at University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest university, UCD Innovation Academy is dedicated to teaching creative and entrepreneurial thinking and giving people the skills and confidence to develop, share and iterate new ideas. Our learning model is highly experiential and takes a practical, action-based approach to learning, to help identify opportunities of value and to engage the strengths of colleagues which will benefit any business.

Career Opportunities

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.

Timetable Info

Module 1 - Creative Thinking
Wednesday 16th Oct to Tuesday 22nd Oct (No classes Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th Oct)
Classes take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day

Module 2 - Leadership Development
Wednesday 27th Nov to Tuesday 3rd Dec (No classes Saturday 30th Nov or Sunday 1st Dec)
Classes take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day

Module 3 - Professional Practice (Action Learning Project - Innovation in the Workplace)
Wednesday 4th Dec 2019 to Friday 1st May 2020
There are no classes during this module. This module is a combination of external project work along with 3 x half hour mentoring sessions and 3 x 60 minute peer-to-peer action learning sets over the course of the module.
Final Action learning project presentations will take place on 30th April and 1st May 2019.

Participants in this programme are required to attend all class sessions.

Delivery Location

University College Dublin,
Belfield Campus,
Dublin 4.

Delivery Notes

This course combines ten days of in-class learning, online learning and external project work.

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. 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.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Mary Saunders

Address

UCD Innovation Academy
O'Brien Centre for Science
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Phone

01 716 2064

Email

mary.saunders@ucd.ie

RPL Information

UCD Recognition of Prior Learning Policy - http://www.ucd.ie/governance/resources/policypage-rplpolicy/

Application Procedures

1. Complete all fields in your Springboard online application www.springboardcourses.ie.
2. Upload your up-to-date CV.
3. Upload proof of status as stated in Springboard Eligibility Guidelines.
4. Upload your Letter of Motivation. For this, you should consider why you want to do this course at this time, what you would like to achieve from the course and how the course fits with your future career aspirations.
5. Upload your transcripts for a minimum of an Honours Bachelors Degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). If you previously studied at UCD, please provide your UCD student number in lieu of transcripts. If you do not have an honours degree, we will look for 5+ years of relevant work experience on your CV and employer references as per RPL guidelines above. NB - your degree parchment/certificate does not satisfy UCD's requirement for transcripts.
6. If applying as someone in employment, upload passport or GNIB with Stamp 4 visa (valid for 3 years prior to the course start date).

This course will close for new applications on Monday 5th August and will close for upload of supporting documentation on Wednesday 7th August.

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