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This section of the site looks at what it means to be creative and innovative. Innovation and creativity are key parts of the University’s Strategic Plan and Talent First people strategy, and there are lots of inspiring case studies you can read on the breadth and depth of work being carried out across the University.

However, it is easy to slip into viewing innovations as the big, world-changing activities that come out of the research done at Sheffield, but at its simplest level, innovation is just about doing something new. This obviously includes the big things, but it also includes the little changes we make to try new things to help improve how we do our jobs.

If innovating is the act of trying something new, then creativity is the skill of generating new ideas to try out. Creativity is about being inventive and imaginative, but also about having the time and space to think and generate these ideas.

In the pages there is information for you to use, covering skills development related to creativity and innovation, as well as some examples of these skills in practice. These pages aren’t static, and we will be adding more to them over the coming months. It would be great to hear some of your stories about how you create and innovate, or how this is supported in your work area, so please get in touch.

Click on the images below to access resources.

Innovate eventsLearning events

Click here to find information on the range of learning events we will be running, and to find out how to book.

Innovate videoVideos

We've found some video resources for you.

Innovate guidesUseful guides

We subscribe to a useful guides library, that has a range of really helpful workbooks on a variety of topics.

Innovate webWeb resources

There is a wealth of information on the internet. We've found some links that we think will be helpful to you.

Innovate booksBooks

If you want to do some further reading, click here to find some suggested books and journals.

Innovate tellJoin the conversation

We want to hear from you. Is there anything you think that should be covered in these pages, or some useful resources we should add? There are plenty of ways to join the conversation.

If you only do one thing

Watch this video on where good ideas come from: