From product development to marketing, who are our innovation students?

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The concept of Innovation Management is not confined to a particular sector, or indeed a specific role within a company – it’s for anyone. For businesses to thrive, a strong culture of innovation is necessary across all sectors and roles.

The current cohort of students reflect this thinking and we’re thrilled to introduce Bridgend-based Markes international who signed up four of their employees to the Business Improvement with Innovation Management short course.

Markes International is a world leader in technology for analytical thermal desorption for gas chromatography – technology that samples and concentrates trace-level volatile organic compounds prior to injection into a gas chromatograph. It services chemists in analytical laboratories around the world in a wide variety of industries from environmental monitoring, automotive and construction products, through to food & drink, fragrance, and healthcare.

Markes International and its sister company SepSolve Analytical Ltd are part of Schauenburg Analytics Ltd. Together, they form a network of Schauenburg Analytics technical centres around the world, serving the needs of customers not just through the provision of instrumentation and equipment, but also through their combined knowledge base, partnerships and collaboration with world-renowned academic institutions.

We caught up with the four current students from Markes International to find out how the course is going so far:

Nicolas van Noorden, Marketing Programme Manager

“I now have a deeper understanding of product innovation and the need to embrace innovation. The barriers need to be considered, identified and addressed. Going forward, having a more considered approach to innovation would arguably support delivery of corporate strategy – and help boost the new product pipeline, supporting growth.”

Naomi Mann, Junior Product Manager – Supplies

“Our group assignment provided a platform to partner with students in different industries to my own – it was great to learn from their experiences and get to know some interesting individuals. The group is extremely friendly and hold interesting discussions during lectures. The team at MADE Cymru are a pleasure to work with and have been on hand to help with queries relating to the course itself, or general accessibility. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in the course.”

Ricci Underhill, Product Development Specialist

“I’ve enjoyed the learning experience, the ‘online’ nature of it certainly makes it more accessible to a greater number of people. It has reinforced my belief that more effective communication, understanding and collaboration between colleagues across the various areas of the business would be highly beneficial to the organisation as a whole. I also think that in the area of product development, a greater commercial awareness/appreciation alongside the technical expertise will ultimately lead to the development of more innovative and successful products.”

Jessica Berger, Product Manager – thermal desorption instruments

“The learning experience has been great. It has involved a lot more work that I had initially anticipated with a considerable amount of reading. However, I have enjoyed getting back into the studying mindset and the content has been relevant and interesting. I like that it is online because I don’t have to worry about travel, childcare, or taking additional time off work (other than the two hours/week for the lecture). Following this course, I would like to do more of the modules from the full Masters, possibly even complete the full course.”

Innovation Management lecturer Alan Mumby says, “I don’t think innovation has a prescribed home, it doesn’t really belong to any particular part or department of a business or organisation. I do however think that companies who are looking to seriously effect or enhance what they offer to their customers, be it product or service, should ensure that innovation is at the very core of the organisation. The theory and strategies that we’re teaching can be embedded through every department from concept design ideas through to marketing and business engagement. Our current students are from a very diverse range of sectors and backgrounds – all united by their desire to make a positive impact on their organisation. It has been very inspiring working with students such as Ricci, Jessica, Nick and Naomi – they have really engaged with the course and bring such positivity, enthusiasm and specialist expertise to the table.”

MADE Cymru offers two options for those wanting to study Innovation Management. A full International Innovation Management MSc or a shorter Business Improvement with Innovation Management. The modules are online and designed to be flexible, work-friendly and very practical.

All certified by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

MADE Cymru is a suite of programmes designed to navigate organisations through Industry 4.0 via collaborative research & development and upskilling. Part/Fully Funded by the European Social Fund/European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. Delivered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David.