Business thinking

These courses are available free of charge to Institute members.

You will need your MyIOP username and password to access them. Visit the Membership section if you wish to become a Member.

Making Money Out of Ideas
We are excited to announce the launch of a new online resource for entrepreneurs, freely available to Institute of Physics members. Making Money out of Ideas provides you with tools and guidance to enable you to take an idea from conception through to completion.  You will find advice from other entrepreneurs on how they’ve made their vision a reality, details on the processes you need to follow, guidance on putting together a business plan, plus access to a range of online courses to support you in your entrepreneurial journey. 

When using the resource you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with others who are going through the same process, so you can learn from your peers as well as what’s available in Making Money out of Ideas.  It’s a fantastic resource that includes lots of practical tips and thought provoking activities, and access to an online action plan that you can develop to help you on your way.

Employment Law for Managers
For a manager, a basic understanding of employment law is essential. It helps you to manage your team fairly and to help your team members with their problems. This course is designed to give you an overview of some employment law issues.
Course profile (PDF, 38 KB)

Making Budgeting Work in the Real World
This course is designed to appeal to professionals, both in finance functions and other areas, who are looking for a practical course that enables them to apply budgeting theory and knowledge in their own organisation.
Course profile (PDF, 38 KB)

Innovation is all about generating and implementing new ideas, breaking the mould to deliver business success. This course shows you why innovation is important, how to create and select great ideas and how to realise them in your own organisation. You’ll discover how creativity can grow from crisis, consider alternative business models and try out some practical tools for idea generation and risk management.
Course profile (PDF, 42 KB)

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Online learning courses

HR and compliance

Health and safety; Recruitment and Selection; Risk Management

Managing people

Being appraised; Coaching Skills; Conducting Performace Appraisals; Leadership Skills; Managing From Within the Team; Managing High Performing Teams; Managing Relationships

Personal effectiveness

Communicating Complex Ideas; Effective Communication; Managing Workload; Managing Your Behaviour at Work

Professional skills

Advanced Negotiation Course; Finance for non-Financial Managers; Financial Management in Turbulent Times; Manager's Starter PAC; Managing Through a Recession; Negotiation Skills; Networking Skills; Project Management; Social Media for Professionals; Thinking Strategically

Sales skills

Advancing the Sale; Conversations with Customers; Customer Service; Principles of Consultative Selling