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This support is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

The Branch out in STEM project supports employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their capability in areas relevant to their specific roles, as well as those areas that also provide a direct benefit to the business as a whole.

At NTU, we offer a number of courses that are fully funded (delivered at no cost) for employees of eligible SMEs.

CIM Digital Fundamentals (Level 3)

Would you like to better understand the impact of digital technology on your marketing and your customers? Attend this Level 3 CIM-accredited course

This module has been designed specifically for SMEs and sole traders that want to grow their businesses. You will learn about the different tools available to you and how to develop engaging digital marketing content. To ensure that you manage your time and resources effectively you will also learn how to develop digital communications campaigns and how to measure the effectiveness of these campaigns.

By completing this course, you will gain a CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing. You can achieve a CIM Level 3 Diploma by further completing the the Marketing Principles module (offered through NTU's Practical Marketing Skills course).

Course details

Delivered over six half day sessions from 10 am – 1 pm, four online and two in-person, confirmed dates are:

Course 3
  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 (in-person session, Nottingham)
  • Wednesday 10 November (online)
  • Wednesday 17 November (online)
  • Wednesday 24 November (online)
  • Wednesday 1 December (online)
  • Wednesday 8 December (in-person session, Nottingham)
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Course 4
  • Thursday 4 November 2021 (in-person session, Mansfield)
  • Thursday 11 November (online)
  • Thursday 18 November (online)
  • Thursday 25 November (online)
  • Thursday 2 December (online)
  • Thursday 9 December (in-person session, Mansfield)
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Course 5
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022 (in-person session, Nottingham)
  • Wednesday 19 January (online)
  • Wednesday 26 January (online)
  • Wednesday 2 February (online)
  • Wednesday 9 February (online)
  • Wednesday 16 February (in-person session, Nottingham)
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Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Medtech Regulations and Compliance

A new course focusing on the changing regulations and compliance for medtech devices

Open for expressions of interest now, NTU has developed a new course focusing on the changing regulatory environment around medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The course is available to employees of all small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are based within the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area.

This course focuses on the key requirements of businesses to remain compliant and stay ahead of future changes following recent regulatory changes and upheaval with new European Union and Great Britain regulations.

The new regulatory environment The Medical Device Regulation 2017/745 (MDR) and the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation 2017/746 (IVDR) are now applicable, meaning new requirements including, amongst others, the new Vigilance reporting time lines, all Post Market activities and the requirement to have a Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance (PRRC).

To compound the challenge, Great Britain left the European Union and introduced a new GB-wide legislation. Since 1 January 2021, all medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs), placed on the market in Great Britain need to be registered with the MHRA. There are grace periods for registering dependent on device classification:

  • Class IIIs and Class IIb implantable, and all active implantable medical devices and IVD List A products must be registered from 1 May 2021
  • Other Class IIb and all Class IIa devices and IVD List B products and Self-Test IVDs must be registered from 1 September 2021
  • Class I devices, custom-made devices and general IVDs (that do not currently need to be registered) must be registered from 1 January 2022.

In the context of these changes which can be concerning and confusing for small businesses, NTU has developed this course to support you in mapping out the changes your company will need to implement.

Course details

Further details about the course will be provided in due course, but we expect the course to be delivered in autumn 2021.

If you wish to express an interest, please contact

We're currently working on getting our other courses ready for delivery from autumn 2021. Course dates will be confirmed here as soon as we have them, but in the meantime you can get a place on our waiting lists.

STEM Women in Leadership (Level 7)

Building on the Women in Leadership course for SMEs that has been delivered since 2019, this course is specifically for employees of businesses operating in the STEM sectors or for those that would like to work in the area.

Developed by experts working in NTU's Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) and delivered by Nottingham Business School. the course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles.

We're currently working on developing the course to get it ready to run in autumn 2021 and information will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Course dates

Course dates are still to be confirmed.

In the meantime, you can express your interest and get a place on our waiting list by emailing

Graduate talent grants

For SMEs operating in the STEM sector looking to bring new talent into their business, we can also offer a talent grant to support employing a graduate.

You can receive £1,500 towards a graduate's salary for a placement of up to 12 weeks.


These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire).

We particularly aim to support:

  • employees aged 50+
  • employees with disabilities
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff
  • those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

What businesses are saying about our support

The quality of the teaching and support was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting women in the same position as me, looking to progress further with their careers in all areas of business, not just my own. The classes were packed full of information – so many different areas of management and leadership were covered – and the format helped to keep things interesting. I walked away from each teaching day feeling inspired and motivated.

Claire Lowe, personal injury solicitor at Hopkins Solicitors

Juliet Leah from Gather Social
Juliet gives her verdict on NTU's Women in Leadership course

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