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Kick Start: UWS Student Innovation Workshop 1: Creative Thinking

Expand your ideas, build up your creative confidence and innovate your ambitions


Kick Start: UWS Student Innovation Workshops

At UWS, we exist to be a university of curiosity and new thinking.  We want to create new solutions for future challenges that our communities will face.  Kick Start is a student innovation programme designed by the University of the West of Scotland, which goes beyond classroom-based learning, focusing on providing students with the knowledge and skillset to recognise that innovation and entrepreneurship are powerful ways to implement change within their chosen sectors.

Our mission is to ignite, elevate and engage the next wave of leaders for the future, through skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Expand your ideas, build up your creative confidence and innovate your ambitions.  Become the next entrepreneur that the world seeks.

We are calling all students who are interested in something different, who are keen to unleash those creative, innovative and unique ideas whilst developing a reusable skillset, beneficial for the future.  This is a unique opportunity to build up the areas in which you may already excel, develop knowledge of the working environment and have the ability to make a real impact for future businesses.

Kick Start will be hosting a series of workshops that are designed for Postgraduate and PhD students, who are looking to improve their knowledge and skillsets based around innovation and entrepreneurship.  Each workshop session will be 120 minutes long and will be hosted on Zoom.  All three online workshops will be delivered by Head of Business Innovation, Johnny Mone, with guest speakers attending the workshops to share their personal innovation journeys.


The first workshop will explore Creative Thinking:

With the right mental attitudes and thinking skills, you will learn how to see challenges as opportunities, generate creative ideas and determine how to turn ideas into action.  There will be activities involved that prompt participants to think creatively and try to come up with out-of-the-box solutions that you can easily incorporate in any creative problem solving and decision-making situation.

Benefits of a Creative Thinking Workshop:

  • Understand and utilise those times where you are at your most creative
  • Think of various ideas as opposed to being set on one path
  • Manage your mindset; being willing, open to learn and put the effort in
  • The ability to look at creative ideas from all angles
  • Work creatively individually or as part of a group 


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Demola will be joining Kick Start for this workshop.  Demola is an international innovation challenge platform that brings together students and leading brands.  With Demola, global and local organisations challenge university students to create a better future.  Today, Demola's innovation challenges bring together over 50 universities, 750,000 students and the leading companies from around the world.  These challenges help companies and experts to build a bridge with future decision makers.  For students, it is an opportunity to be that young visionary and participate in making the future.


Participants will be emailed the link for the Zoom call ahead of the event.  While these events are free to attend, advanced registration is required. 

If you have any questions about this event or would like to find out more about the Kick Start programme, please email 

To stay up to date with Kick Start and to be the first to find out about future events, follow the Kick Start Twitter and LinkedIn pages.



  • Expand and develop your knowledge and skills through a series of interactive online workshops
  • Learn from experienced business experts
  • Network with other like-minded individuals and local entrepreneurs
  • Build up your own creative confidence and innovative ideas

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