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Nurturing teamwork


When I did YES, I was in a great lab but mainly focused on just achieving my PhD. YES helped show the importance of leadership, autonomy and collaboration.

Dr Alicia Greated |
Heriot-Watt University




The word ‘teamwork’ has become a bit of a cliché, conjuring up images of normally desk-bound office workers paddling madly downstream in a ‘team building’ activity designed to bond them all together. In reality, efficient and successful teamwork is essential for almost every walk of life, and rarely includes white water rafting!

YES to teamwork

For ECRs in particular, it is vital to learn how to operate as part of a team, to utilise the skills of those around you or balance out differing priorities within the team to achieve the common goal. The Researcher Development Framework tool, designed by Vitae to help ECRs evaluate and plan their own personal, professional and career development, rightly recognises this. There are eight ‘descriptors’ referenced in the sub-domain ‘working with others’, ranging from ‘people management’ to ‘equality and diversity’. Some of the most compelling skills required are ‘collegiality’, ‘team working’ and ‘collaboration'.

YES feedback

These ‘softer skills’ are essential to becoming ‘work ready’ and are great to include on a CV as a transferable skill.

Feedback from 2017 participants revealed that 84% referenced teamwork as a powerful additional accomplishment.


Teamwork as a tool for self-development

Teamwork is at the core of YES. Over 1,250 teams have participated over the past 22 years and during that time, it has been fascinating to see how the behaviour of individuals impacts the success of others. United in their enthusiasm, the teams of researchers invest hours in preparation as they attempt to deploy novel science to address seemingly impossible challenges such as healthcare for the ageing population, achieving food security and reducing greenhouse gases. Combined with a desire to learn, they develop a business plan for a start-up company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea during the three-day residential workshop.

Whilst individuals assume a specific role within their teams, each member needs to work closely in defining and developing the business idea. However, if you’re selected as Managing Director, for example, are you happy to lead? Sensitive to others needs? Can you communicate clearly? Are you comfortable in resolving conflicts? No?! Well it doesn’t matter as YES provides a safe learning environment in which to discover more about yourself.

For the opportunity to get hands-on experience of being part of a team in a dynamic and challenging environment, sign up to become a team player

YES17 has proven to be a fantastic networking opportunity as well as great (learning) ...
We also fully believe that teamwork makes the dream work and this has been a vital aspect of our success in the competition!

Lucka Bibic |
University of East Anglia


The ability to manage a team of people with different skills and to manage conflicts under time pressure. To be able to step back from the noise and concentrate on one task to effectively make progress.

Stephanie Bull |
University of Reading


Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham, NG8 1BB