Summer of IP is an outreach campaign led by our Careers in Ideas team. Its purpose is to raise awareness of IP-related careers, encourage a wider range of people to pursue them, and improve access to them by providing “taster” activities and guidance. Longer-term, of course, our aim is to increase equality, diversity and inclusivity within the UK’s IP sector.
The campaign includes events to raise awareness about IP generally and the careers available there, along with activities such as open days, talks, mentoring sessions and even work experience opportunities. Careers in Ideas provides the introductory materials and a central list of all the available activities.
Our first Summer of IP took place throughout the summer of 2023. We launched officially on Monday 3 July 2023 – but opportunities and event sign-ups had already started to become available from May.
We hope to repeat the campaign in future summers. Watch this space…!
The Summer of IP events and resources are open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about a career in IP. Our aim is to attract secondary school students, university students, graduates and career changers. With the help of our Careers in Ideas contacts, for example outreach and social mobility charities, we promote the campaign in particular to people in currently under-represented groups.
The 2023 programme included a range of activities featuring different IP-related roles and for people at different stages of their education or career. Here’s a quick summary for participants.
We asked Summer of IP participants to tell us about the activities and events they attended, what they learned from them and what they enjoyed. We'll be publishing their reports throughout the autumn of 2023. Click on the cards below to find out what they said.
Click on this card for a summary of the introductory events and recordings from our Careers in Ideas team. We recommend you learn more from these before you seek out opportunities with specific employers.
Our thanks go to all the individuals and organisations who helped to make Summer of IP 2023 a success. The following employers all provided activities and events to welcome our participants into the IP sector.