News articles tagged with 'enterprise'
Student Entrepreneurship – will the Brown era be Golden in East Anglia?
The University of East Anglia's knowledge transfer activities receive significant funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) programme. Owned by the DTI (until the recent re-shuffle in Government gave birth to the new Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills) HEIF funding is what has enabled the UEA to get serious about the promotion of entrepreneurship as a genuine alternative career path over the years. Firstly, however, it may be worth spending a moment thinking about just a few of the reasons why this might be a good thing.
At a national level this is reflected in the foundation of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE), formed in 2004 by (then) Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown with the aim of raising the profile of entrepreneurship as a career choice amongst students and graduates. By understanding the circumstances in which graduate entrepreneurship can flourish, working in partnership with university KT offices, NCGE aims to inspire an increase in the number of students and graduates who give serious thought to self-employment or business start-up, plus understanding, developing and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship within universities through research, education and facilitation.
A third, local factor for Norfolk is that the University of East Anglia suffers from a deficit of local, graduate-level employment opportunities. Some 60% of UEA students stay in or close to Norwich for up to a year after graduation, but after 4 years almost all have left the county. This robs the local economy of much of the benefit of the University's core product - bright, talented, enthusiastic and employable young people. The University of East Anglia thinks that by being more enterprising in its education a higher proportion of graduates, previously lost to Norwich, can be retained through business start-up, and UEA can have a direct influence on the low-aspiration culture of Norfolk.
The University of East Anglia's location in the knowledge-intensive, R&D-heavy economy of the eastern region of England means enterprise is an easy message to sell to students and staff - it goes with the grain, so to speak. Thus the university's Business Plan Competition, established in 2004 has gone from strength to strength in terms of the number of applicants and the institutions involved (2006's award was won by a Norwich School of Art & Design student). Grounding the competition in the real world, and ensuring it is not just a business plan writing competition, is the Professionals in Innovation (PII) group - a collaboration of Lovewell Blake LLP, HSBC and Mills & Reeve from the Norwich commercial sector, in tandem with UEA and the other players on the Norwich Research Park (NRP). Services are chiefly based around one-to-one clinics on protecting IP, business planning and identifying funding strategies, amongst others. This group and the competition are complemented by a free series of all entrepreneur-taught lectures on a Thursday evening in the autumn and spring terms, arranged in partnership with the City Council, NRP and the entrepreneurial SME business club, the Norfolk Network. Plans for 2007/8 include podcasting sessions by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship Student Entrepreneurship Ambassador, also co-founder of the UEA Young Entrepreneurs' Society (YES).
The University also administers a Proof of Concept fund which can provide awards of between £1K and £5K to take an idea or concept generated at UEA closer to a commercial exit. The award may be used to purchase external services (e.g. market assessment) or development work which generates data required to make a patent application. The award can also be used to leverage additional funding, e.g. from our eastern region University Challenge Fund, ICENI, or the East of England Development Agency proof-of-concept awards. The ICENI Seedcorn Fund is a partnership established by the Universities of East Anglia and Essex, the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Institute for Food Research and Plant Bioscience Ltd. to assist the process of commercialising innovation and technological development. The Fund may invest anywhere between £2,500 and £200,000 per project dependent on stage and requirements. This early investment is the riskiest stage of the venture process and the fund is designed to bridge the ‘funding gap' which prevents inventors developing their technologies to the point where their commercial usefulness can be demonstrated.
Issues going forward
With appropriate university backing and an enlightened attitude and efficient systems for the management and ownership of Intellectual Property, academic members of staff can and do demonstrate an entrepreneurial attitude. Indeed, this is the classic combination for knowledge-intensive, potentially high-growth spin-out businesses. By contrast, entrepreneurial students are more numerous than entrepreneurial academics but activity with them is likely to be longer, slower burn, less IP-rich and not necessarily to the university's ultimate benefit, e.g. if a start-up company is ‘catalysed' some years after graduation. Where is the balance to be struck going forward therefore, in engagement with the staff and student communities respectively?
Where will the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills place their emphasis - ‘germination' in the latter group, or ‘incubation' in the former?
Written by Greg White, Head of Business Development at the University of East Anglia.
This article first appeared in Phoenix - autumn 2007.
Enterprise success in Yorkshire and Humber
There has been growing recognition in recent years that regional economies will benefit not only from graduates employed within local companies, but from graduates staying in the region to work on a freelance basis or to start their own business. An Enterprise strand of the successful GraduatesYorkshire project was therefore launched last year, funded by the RDA Yorkshire Forward.
Raising awareness of self-employment as a career option alongside getting a graduate job, time out or further study. Each of us for example, has created an Enterprise Information Point in our Careers Service that informs students and graduates about enterprise-related activities, as well as websites and information sheets that highlight the support available to them. We have also managed stands at careers fairs to encourage students to see business start-up and freelancing as a valid career option, and have run workshops and other events to further promote this. For example, at the University of Sheffield I organised an event featuring a panel of local entrepreneurs attended by over a hundred students.
Supporting the development of students' enterprise skills and knowledge. We have achieved this through activities such as Yomp (in the process of being re-branded as Xing), a toolkit we license from the Working Knowledge Group to introduce students to business terminology and to help them develop skills that they will need to be successful in business. A team of students from Leeds Metropolitan University, led by their EPO Debbie Adams, even progressed to the grand final of the annual ‘Yomping the Nations' competition after winning our regional heat. In addition to these extra-curricular activities, Jason Maher at Bradford has also been busy planning, writing and delivering Enterprise modules as part of the curriculum.
Providing training for Careers Advisers to build their knowledge and confidence in exploring self-employment as a career option with clients. For example, Huddersfield University Careers Service recently closed for a half day session run by their EPO Zoë Mitton where staff learned about the background to enterprise both at the university and regionally, and their role in it. Staff also took part themselves in a Yomp session which further highlighted the kinds of skills that students need to have and the gaps in their own knowledge.
Developing links between Careers Services and existing business start-up services, both within our institutions and with external agencies such as Business Link. At Sheffield Hallam for example the EPO, Judith Peel, is invited to weekly meetings with the University's Enterprise team to keep herself and therefore her Careers colleagues up-to-date with what is happening so they can more effectively signpost students to the range of services available to them. The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a comprehensive business start-up service for students and graduates, including incubation spaces for business start-ups.
In addition to the work that has been taking place at individual institutions, which in addition to the ones mentioned above includes York, Trinity & All Saints College, York St John, Hull and Scarborough, we have also created a strong regional network. We meet bi-monthly to discuss issues and to further develop our knowledge by inviting external speakers from organisations such as the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE). The team has also created an online forum to share information and resources. With eight months of the project remaining, we are well on our way to achieving our aim of raising the capacity of Careers Services across Yorkshire & Humber to support students and graduates in the consideration of self-employment as a career option. We have also helped to raise the profile of Careers Service activity in the enterprise arena and to develop links both within our own institutions and regionally with those organisations more traditionally engaged in enterprise activity.
This article first appeared in Phoenix - autumn 2007.
Enterprising Boris at Newcastle
Over the last five or six years, students' enterprise skills and entrepreneurial aspirations have been at the centre of a lot of development work inside and outside of the curriculum of UK universities. In June 2007, Boris Johnson, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, paid a visit to Newcastle University to find out how it had developed its provision and what changes these developments have made to the students' learning experience.
Well, what did Boris learn?
Lesson 1: Remove barriers to enterprise by offering financial support to turn ideas into reality. So, ncl+ foundation is one way in which we aim to promote enterprising behaviour in students.
Lesson 2: Student volunteering is another, which Mr Johnson learned about on his visit. This is taken a step further at Newcastle University and is part of a suite of credit-bearing work-related modules that the Careers Service offers to students. Other modules include ‘Student Tutoring', ‘Learning from Work' and ‘Business Enterprise'. In these modules students complete a portfolio of skills and attend an assessed interview - in which the students present evidence of a range of core skills including personal enterprise in a work-related context. The students don't gain credit for the volunteering work as such, but for the reflection on their skills and their subsequent skills development. Communicating this effectively to students and university staff has been one of our biggest challenges. Mr Johnson was certainly impressed by how vital skills have been successfully implemented into the academic curriculum.
Lesson 3: Enterprising skills can successfully be developed as part of the academic curriculum. We don't only promote and assist in the development of enterprising skills and behaviour but also help students and recent graduates to create, develop and implement their enterprising ideas. To this end we have a Business Support Team, offering one-to-one advice to students. The team is made up of an in-house business start-up team, specialist business advisers, Enterprise Interns and ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence'. The last group of people are local successful business owners able to share their knowledge and practical expertise with our potential future entrepreneurs. Students also benefit from the use of free office facilities and access to start-up grants.
Once they have developed their ideas they can enter our high profile business planning competition, the ‘Enterprise Challenge' which sees students, graduates and staff compete for awards in ten categories from Business Viability, to Community Impact, to Science & Technology Achievement. The business plans are judged by a panel of experts and the winners are awarded a share of £11,000 to help kick start their idea. The awards ceremony has a firm space in the diary of regional businesses and the university, bringing together some of the best entrepreneurial talent and established entrepreneurs in the region.
But the support doesn't purely come in financial form. There is also SOUP, and no we don't mean the food here as Mr Johnson assumed, but rather our networking events: Society of University Pioneers. At these regular events budding entrepreneurs can discuss their ideas with other students, business people and entrepreneurs. The two latter groups share their expertise and knowledge and help to inspire and motivate those that still have the big step of business start-up in front of them, or have just made it and need some encouragement along the way.
Lesson 4: Rope in the business community to provide relevant and high quality business support all the way.
While in Newcastle, Mr Johnson met Roger, a Masters student of Music and member of the band Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle; he couldn't help himself and provided some business advice to Roger by telling him to register with a website that sponsors upcoming bands.
Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle has been supported by the ncl+ foundation in setting up a successful business around their band. Some background on the ncl+ foundation...it aims to support student development by offering small grants to students to turn ideas into reality. These ideas need to either have a community, social or cultural benefit, or be campus based activities and projects. Students get up to 50% (£500 maximum) of the total budget required for their project, so they will need to display some enterprising behaviour and raise the other 50% through other means, e.g. fundraising or sponsorship. The grant scheme is administered by the Careers Service.
Mr Johnson was well and truly impressed at the end of his visit - especially with our ‘enterprising' students!
Written by Katja Linssen, Communications Manager in the Careers Service at Newcastle.
This article first appeared in Phoenix - autumn 2007.
Enterprise Week (12-18 November 2007) is a national week of activities and events inspiring young people to make their ideas happen. Last year was a huge success with 3184 events attended by 445,000 people, of which 261 events were university based. This year we want to make even more of an impact! Lauren Maleh, who is responsible for the initiative's marketing strategy, website and materials, explains how you can get involved.
Enterprise Week is part of the Make Your Mark campaign, a national campaign to create an enterprise culture among young people in the UK by giving people in their teens and twenties the inspiration and opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. The campaign is backed by an unprecedented coalition of business, charities, education bodies and government - it's unique in being young-people focused, business-led and government-backed. It is funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and founded by the British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors.
How can I get involved?
Setting up a business and making something happen with their enterprising ideas whilst at university is a creative way for students to earn money on their own terms, pay off debts, learn new skills and make useful contacts. The Careers Service has a fantastic opportunity to promote this at university and raise the profile of self-employment as a viable career path.
There are loads of ways to get your university involved in Enterprise Week, such as running networking events, organising workshops with local businesses, and even putting on charity fundraising events. Enterprise is not just about self-employment, it's also about having an idea and making it happen - something Student Unions and societies do every day.
An overarching theme for the week is to bring the key trends that are shaping the future of enterprise to life. From globalisation to the environment, from the dot.com era to social networks, each new generation influences the direction of enterprise according to its own aspirations. To address these issues, there will be focuses on different topics during Enterprise Week, and also a one-day competition to develop young people's enterprise skills. You can tailor your activities around these themes to capitalise on the media interest generated by the week.
Make Your Mark Challenge - Monday 12 November 2007
Last year, over 20,000 young people battled it out at the same time all over the UK to be crowned Britain's most enterprising young people. The Make Your Mark Challenge is designed to bring out the very best creative, problem solving and team working skills in young people. Lots of fantastic ideas came from university students last year, and we had great feedback from everyone involved. To get your university involved this year, visit http://www.makeyourmarkchallenge.org/
Women's Enterprise Day - Wednesday 14 November 2007
In the UK, the rate of women's entrepreneurship is half that of men. So on the Wednesday of Enterprise Week, we'll be showcasing and celebrating the achievements of all the women and girls that have turned their idea into a reality, to inspire other females to make their ideas happen. For more information see: www.enterpriseweek.org/womensenterprise
Social Enterprise Day - Thursday 15 November 2007
Social enterprises are simply businesses with aims which are primarily social or environmental and whose surpluses are ploughed back into the business or community rather than for shareholders, such as Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen. This year, why not focus your Enterprise Week activity on encouraging the next generation of social entrepreneurs?
"The Big Boost Elevator Event held at Bath University was the highlight of Social Enterprise Day 2006 for me. The enthusiasm, determination and passion shown by everyone who took part in this event was truly inspirational. Social Enterprise has moved far from being the buzz word it once was. Social Enterprise is here to stay!" Sarah Gwonyoma, Development Manager, The Big Boost
For more information visit http://www.enterpriseweek.org/ and to order your free Enterprise Week Action Pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article first appeared in Phoenix (Autumn 2007).
Award for Lancaster
In 2006, the Centre for Employability, Enterprise and Careers at Lancaster University (CEEC) saw its endeavours in enterprise and entrepreneurship provision recognised by winning the first ever AGCAS Award for Excellence in Enterprise (sponsored by NCGE). Read Director of CEEC, Paul Blackmore's account of how they did it.
The achievement is even more significant when you consider the limited resources at our disposal as a medium sized institution. In order to develop and deliver these new initiatives without compromising more traditional core areas of provision, we have had to ensure learning opportunities meet the employability needs of as many of our students as possible. Adverse effects on core services are avoided by ensuring that all enterprise and commercial awareness activities are self-sustaining and that CEEC staff mainly take on a co-ordinating role whilst the bulk of the teaching is outsourced to recruiters and business support experts.
What do our students say?
"I am writing to convey my gratitude towards your staff and their recent assistance. I have attended 1-to-1 interviews with the enterprise adviser and also had the benefit of attending the course on commercial awareness. I have never once failed to be totally impressed and gratified at how cheerful, helpful and welcoming all your staff are and continue to be surprised at just how much help they offer and how well they conduct themselves. Please keep doing whatever it is you are doing to maintain such a great quality of service amongst your staff."
2nd Year Psychology student
(creator of ‘media design & consultancy' company and ‘new media' invention)
The areas of provision fall into 3 general areas of activity:
- Events and networking opportunities
- Support and business counselling
Enterprise and employability
When we first canvassed the needs of our various stakeholders, it quickly became apparent that the enterprise skills we were helping to develop were not just of interest to those looking to create their own business. Discussions with recruiters in both small and large companies acknowledged that the very same skills were being sought in their own organisations and were actively being assessed in their recruitment and selection processes.
What do employers say?
"The CECA course is a great development which will give Lancaster students a head start in the competition for jobs in the business world or preparing for self-employment. An understanding of business planning combined with the skills to sell your ideas is central to the work of firms like KPMG. Anything which helps develop these skills and encourages a more entrepreneurial approach to business has to be good news." KPMG
For this reason we have worked hard to develop experiential learning activities and facilitate relevant networking opportunities. These have a number of parallel learning outcomes and appeal to all students regardless of their prospective employment context.
For example, business games and learning exercises have been developed that incorporate learning outcomes associated with gaining knowledge of:
organisational business functions and how they inter-relate
how such exercises are used by large recruiters in assessment centres business
...and the acquisition of generic employability skills sought by employers such as:
These can be delivered as stand-alone workshops, as part of discrete extra- curricular programmes (i.e. the Postgraduate Research Employability Skills Programme, and CECA - the Certificate for Enterprise and Commercial Awareness etc.) or as part of career development programmes within departments.
Business start-ups and self-employment
Though designed to cater for all employment destinations of Lancaster University students and graduates, it is inevitable these services are of interest to students wishing to start their own businesses.
Here are just a few examples of the kinds of business start-ups and self-employment opportunities that have been assisted:
backing tracks distribution (e-commerce); IT solutions company (prize winner!); electronic proof reading service (e-commerce, prize winner!); film festival organiser; chocolatier; and corporate-focused wine appreciation classes.
Whilst the provision offered by CEEC is relevant to students of all 3 faculties, it is encouraging to note that there has been a significant take-up by students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Science.
This is an encouraging development as many students wishing to pursue careers in areas such as the performing arts, creative and media industries (amongst others) do not always realise that they will effectively be self-employed and working as ‘freelancers' if they wish to acquire work in these sectors.
Ultimately all of these activities relate to both intrapreneurial AND entrepreneurial career paths. Even if the student or graduate has yet to decide on their ideal occupation, these skill sets will serve them well in any employment context whether it be self-employment or employment in a large or small organisation.
More student feedback...
"Educational & fun!! Not a usual combination :) "
"Never imagined it would be this interactive, informative AND enjoyable!"
"This should be a compulsory part of a degree!"
"Absolutely great! Well worth it. Great experience."
The national award was presented in recognition of developing and establishing best practice in three main areas:
the range and positive impact of activities and initiatives provided in order to encourage the development of enterprise skills, commercial awareness and entrepreneurial attitudes amongst students and graduates;
raising the profile and importance of enterprise skills and entrepreneurship across HE;
encouraging and supporting staff development in order to support the above.
This article first appeared in Phoenix (Autumn 2007).
Watch out on this website for news of this year's awards.
Enterprise Education at Reading
Becky Miller, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, describes enterprise education at the University of Reading...
We deliver one major cross-disciplinary course called The Practice of Entrepreneurship. This is offered to all second year and final year undergraduate students from any degree discipline and is also open to a handful of postgraduate students. The course attracts over 200 students from 13 Schools in the University. It is based on the popular ‘Enterprisers' course which was founded by Cambridge-MIT and involves ten 3-hour long sessions across one term. It is very interactive and involves many team exercises, business simulations and role plays. It also has a tremendous amount of input from local entrepreneurs and business professionals.
In what sense is it part of the curriculum?
The course currently offered is worth 20 credits so tends to equate to about one fifth of a students' work in any one academic year. Students opt in to choose the course as an elective outside of their school so we do get students from all corners of campus: philosophy, law, history, pathobiology, geography, computer science. Business students only form about 15% of the total cohort.
How is the course assessed?
Last year the course was assessed by having students write a business plan on their own business idea. The students are very creative in the kinds of ideas they come up with. This year we've seen plans for animated educational websites in China, gluten-free speciality wikipedias for Coeliacs, outsourcing of patent law to Poland, Peter Pan Nursery schools, novelty gift products, eco-friendly construction companies and security software.
What are the students' motivations for taking the course?
Students have a range of motivations: around 35% have a business idea and want to explore the opportunities associated with making it real. About 5% are already running a business. About 50% take the course because they are generally interested in entrepreneurship, though they may not have a specific idea. I imagine the last 10% take the course because they think it will be easy!
What have the students gained?
When asked what they have gained most from the course, responses from students have included:
"Independence and the idea that I can do it"
"To be open minded."
"That networking is the most important aspect of business"
"That I don't want to go into entrepreneurship - something I was undecided about prior to the course."
We have had evidence from students that they are using the course as an example in interviews and job applications and that it is being viewed very positively.
What teething problems have you experienced with the course and how have these been resolved?
Assessing the students has definitely been an issue. While the business plans are a valuable exercise, the students felt the pressure of having 20 credits of assessment riding on one piece of work. Also we felt it didn't really enable us to track the students' entrepreneurial skill development which was the primary focus of having such interactive pedagogy.
Another tension was that the students are so used to receiving PowerPoint and being talked at for hours in their lectures that when you offer them the opportunity to get stuck in and be hands on in their own learning, many students feel like they're not getting enough ‘value'.
Next year we will be changing the assessment significantly. The business plan will still form a major part but students will also have to complete reflective skills logs online and will work together in groups to market research a business idea which they will then showcase in an exhibition.
The group exhibitions will give students an opportunity to develop their sales and communication skills as judges from local companies will circulate round the room and the students will have to deliver an elevator pitch on their idea and the market research they have done to validate it.
What issues have you experienced in getting enterprise established in the curriculum?
Timetabling was a very big issue - coordinating students from different degrees and finding an appropriate time for them all to get together.
While some Schools were very receptive due to their natural closer interaction with industry, others saw the course as irrelevant and disconnected to their students. In many cases we had to create a student demand for the course so that Schools realised from the bottom-up that this was what students were looking for.
How do you get academic buy-in?
Lots of meetings and lots of relationship building! It's a case of altering the language to suit your listener and explaining the application of enterprise to their specific field of interest. This may mean innovation (particularly in science and food disciplines), or it may mean social enterprise (particularly in the humanities and social sciences). I also offered to speak to parents on their open days - a very popular offering!
What does the future look like for embedding enterprise in the curriculum?
We are planning to develop new module options in social enterprise, working in partnership with Social Enterprise Berkshire. We also need to embed the skills development and the commercial awareness as otherwise we won't reach all students - we have a limited capacity on the centrally provided modules.
We have already experimented with the embedded approach this year by writing the first in a series called ‘Entrepreneurship in Action' which can be integrated by lecturers into careers or transferable skills modules and which comes complete with an academics' guide to running the course. This is easily editable based on the nature of the case studies used so we hope it will be rolled out over the next year.
This article first appeared in Phoenix (Autumn 2007).
Enterprise at Swansea
Corina Edwards, Entrepreneurship Development Officer at Swansea University, is responsible for bringing together the range of activities on offer to students, graduates and staff at the university, as well as working with local employers and entrepreneurs. Here she describes how she and colleagues help students develop a more entrepreneurial approach to their working life.
Entrepreneurship is not something special that a few people are born with but a way of thinking that can be nurtured. The Welsh Assembly Governments' Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Strategy identified the characteristics commonly displayed by entrepreneurs as:
Attitude: If you want to succeed at anything in life, having the right attitude is vital. This dimension is about understanding yourself, your motivations and how to achieve your goals.
Creativity: You don't need to be a genius to be creative. It is about the ability to generate fresh ideas, solve problems and spot new opportunities.
Relationships: It's all about people, the ability to communicate effectively, expressing your own views and ideas, appreciating others' viewpoints and working co-operatively.
Organisation: Making it happen, it's about making informed decisions and fulfilling your objectives by planning and managing situations, resources and risk.
How do we help our students and graduates at Swansea University?
Our enterprise programme at Swansea University is partly funded by the Welsh Assembly and as such is charged with capacity building and graduate start-ups. This provides the framework for all our activity and long-term planning to build a sustainable enterprise programme to support our students.
SUbiz: the Swansea University/Students Union Business Club, a new partnership between the Department of Research and Innovation and the Students Union, to encourage students to develop or get advice on their business idea, or develop their skills. This club is student focused and student led. http://www.subiz.co.uk/
SIFE: New for 2007 at Swansea University. Our students can join SIFE which is dedicated to nurturing the entrepreneurial skills of university students in a way that is both effective for them in developing their future careers and meaningful to the community. Students set themselves up in teams to develop projects which create economic opportunity for others. The projects are based on helping to increase knowledge of entrepreneurship, market economics, personal success skills, financial literacy and business ethics. Students present their projects at competitions which are held in every SIFE country http://www.sifeuk.org/.
Dynamo Role Models: the university is also part of the Wales-wide Dynamo Programme, through which Welsh business owners provide talks, raise aspirations, talk about their experience and encourage students to consider their future. They will also deliver workshops to help students and graduates develop their creative thinking and problem-solving capabilities within an enterprise theme. http://www.projectdynamo.com/
Enterprise Week: we provide a range of Enterprise Week activities working in collaboration with local HEIs and FEIs in order to deliver themed activities.
G2E Mentoring and Seminar Programme: On-campus mentoring service for students and graduates who are considering setting up in business in Swansea. This is a scheme in operation throughout Wales and each university and college has a G2E mentor appointed to support graduate business starts. G2E also provides targeted seminars and workshops. This includes Business Start-up Week, a series of workshops run at strategic points of the year, e.g. in June, aimed at students in their final year. http://www.g2e.co.uk/ (See Holibods feature)
KEF Scholarships: KEF (Knowledge Exploitation Fund) scholarships are available through HEI/FEIs in Wales. It's not necessary to have studied at Swansea University in order to apply for a KEF Scholarship but applicants need to be a recent graduate (within the last 3 years) setting up a business based in Wales. The allocation of the Entrepreneurship Scholarship is in the form of a wage subsidy of up to £144 per week for nine months; assistance is also available for travel and childcare costs.
In addition to all of the above we also provide and encourage general awareness, support and participation in national competitions (such as Yomp). www.becauseyoucan.com/students
Enterprise skills have been identified by employers as hugely beneficial to their graduate workforce. Entrepreneurship exists in social enterprises, in the public sector, in large corporations and in other non-business contexts. Employers are now looking at these skills and qualities when recruiting in order to identify the graduates who will be able to contribute more to their company from the start. We'd like to think that we're helping to prepare our students to meet this challenge.
This article first appeared in Phoenix (Autumn 2007).
Enterprise in AGCAS - opportunity to get involved
AGCAS is planning a new task group on entrepreneurship and is seeking expressions of interest from members who would like to become involved. If you are involved in entrepreneurial initiatives within your own service or work with groups most likely to become self employed such as art and design students or have other relevant interests and experience, the group could be for you.
It is envisaged that the group will carry out a range of activities and ensure that the wider membership is kept informed.
Task groups, with the support of AGCAS staff, typically undertake tasks such as monitoring governmental, national and regional perspectives and actions, organising the sharing of good practice through events and/or toolkits or resources, collecting data, monitoring research, etc.
There is already a member prepared to act as chair and there will be support to get the group started.
If you are interested and feel you have something to offer in this area, contact Rose Mortenson.
International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference
The third International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC), to be held in London from 8-10 September 2008, will be of interest to many careers practitioners. It is now open for bookings and a call for abstracts will be issued shortly.
The event will provide anyone involved in entrepreneurship education, including careers professionals, with the opportunity to engage with an international line-up of speakers and to participate through workshops, poster presentations and a live competition.
The conference is again led by the NCGE and Enterprise Educators UK (formerly UKSEC).
Get more information, including a booking form, from the conference website.
NCGE services for careers community
Does the AGCAS Enterprise Community leave you wanting even more on this topic? Did you know that the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) now produces a blog, a news feed and an intelligence bulletin for its careers community?
To receive the Careers Community Intelligence Bulletin by email, go to the NCGE website's Careers Community and register your details.
The NCGE blog provides regular comment on entrepreneurship and enterprise in higher education, entrepreneurship research and policy. The blog also includes a news feed to items of topical interest to NCGE's communities and stakeholders (typically, stories in the press and new documents). You can subscribe to the NCGE blog and news feed by RSS or email, just as you can to items of interest in the AGCAS Enterprise Community.
AGCAS CEO and member of the NCGE Board, Margaret Dane, says:
'I welcome feedback on how AGCAS and NCGE could collaborate to better meet the needs of AGCAS members, the wider HE IAG community and its clients'.
If you are an AGCAS member, registered with the AGCAS site and signed in, you can use the comments facility below. Alternatively, email Margaret direct.
'Radical changes ahead for careers services' NICEC report
A new report concludes that radical changes already taking place in some institutions will have significant implications for the roles and continuing professional development of higher education careers staff.
In the report, Break-Out or Break-Up? Implications of Institutional Employability Strategies for the Role and Structure of University Careers Services, Tony Watts and Val Butcher examine the role of four HE careers services in relation to their institutions' strategies for employability, enterprise, employer engagement and PDP. They conclude that the radical changes taking place in some quarters are a sign of things to come and have significant implications for the roles and continuing professional development of HE careers staff.
The universities examined are Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Lancaster and Liverpool John Moores.
The report was funded by HECSU for PROP (Putting Research Outcomes into Practice).
The full report can be downloaded from below this article.
Contact AGCAS CEO, Margaret Dane, with any comments. AGCAS members who are registered with this site and signed in can also comment on the report's findings via this page.
Enterprise Week 2008 - a national celebration of enterprise
Enterprise Week 2008 will run 17-23 November. Events and activities are planned for the whole of the UK, aimed at unlocking the UK's enterprise potential and inspiring people to have ideas and make them happen.
Last year, 130 universities ran events and activities as part of the celebration of enterprise.
Find out more about Enterprise Week 2008, including ideas for events and activities. Or contact Sarah Summers to order your free Enterprise Week Guide.
The results of the 2015 AGCAS Awards for Excellence have been announced. Winners were presented with their awards at the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals conference dinner and awards ceremony in Warwick.
Congratulations to all winners and shortlisted nominees. The number of nominations received in each category is evidence of the high-quality, innovative and collaborative work taking place at AGCAS member services across the country.
Award winners photo gallery
AGCAS Award for Employability sponsored by Prospects
• University of Essex - for 'Frontrunners'
AGCAS Award for Entrepreneurship sponsored by Unitemps
• Nottingham Trent University - for 'The Hive'
AGCAS Award for Technology sponsored by TARGETjobs
• The Careers Group, University of London - for its 'Enhance Your Career and Employability Skills' MOOC
AGCAS Award for Academic Engagement sponsored by Gradcore
• The University of Sheffield - for its Career Diagnostics System
AGCAS Award for Employer Engagement sponsored by Gradconsult
• The University of Edinburgh - for its Creative and Cultural Skills Festival
AGCAS Award for Student Engagement
• University of Kent - for its Employability Week
AGCAS Award for Partnership with Professional Services (New for 2015) sponsored by GSM London
• The University of Manchester - for its partnership with the Division of Development and Alumni Relations
AGCAS Outstanding Newcomer Award
• Phillip Williams (University of Leicester)
AGCAS Significant Influence Award
• Steve Fish
• Pat Quinn
• Nick Keeley
• Jan Perrett
• Chris Phillips
UnLtd and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have launched a programme of support for social entrepreneurship in English universities and colleges. The initiative will help universities and colleges to develop their support structures for social entrepreneurship, making it easier for students and staff to start up a social venture and thrive within the HE environment. The programme aims to encourage a social entrepreneurship culture across the HE sector.
Supported by a £1million investment from HEFCE, the 18-month programme will develop relevant resources, expertise and infrastructure that will support the social entrepreneurial activities of staff and students.
Later in the spring, UnLtd will call for proposals to identify up to 25 universities and colleges as key partners for the programme to share expertise and knowledge in identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs in the HE sector. They will receive private sector support through the UnLtd Connect service, matching each university and college with a network of local business professionals who volunteer their expertise to support and advise social entrepreneurs. Participating institutions will need to match any investment given by the scheme.
There will also be a number of opportunities for all HEFCE-funded universities and colleges to share good practice, and a range of resources to help them support social entrepreneurs from among their staff and students.
The new programme follows the success of the Higher Education Social Entrepreneurship Awards, which saw 200 social ventures established in 70 HEIs between 2009 and 2011.
For more information about the programme and to register your interest, see UnLtd HEI Support.
Enterprise champions in Wales
The Welsh Academic Champions of Enterprise Conference 2010 brought together academic staff, careers staff and young graduate entrepreneurs to explore the possibilities for enterprise learning and skills development.
Jo Davies, Information Manager at Swansea University, attended the event and has written a conference report, which is available below to AGCAS members who have registered with this site and signed in.
This article was first submitted to Phoenix (May 2010).
Aston University Careers and Employability Centre recently collaborated with SIFE Aston and Aston Entrepreneurs to launch a new enterprise award, which encourages students to pitch innovative business ideas. Aston Idol 2010 achieved support and sponsorship from a wide range of employers.
Aston Idol 2010 achieved support and sponsorship from a wide range of employers, including Ernst & Young, UnLtd, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Student Guild, Aston Business Partnership Unit, Birmingham Science Park, BSEEN and Aston University Centre for Staff Development. Training for participants was delivered by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE).
The overall winner was Jennifer Schofield, a final year Aston Business School student, for her DataDiscretion key, a USB flash drive with encryption software.
Sarah Perrins, Graduate Recruitment Officer at Ernst & Young, commented:
"We were really impressed with the professionalism of the student presentations and there were some really promising ideas. It was great to see how many of the university departments and staff were backing the students with a very impressive turnout for the final."
Maureen Tibby, Head of the Careers and Employability Centre, said:
"Aston Idol was extremely popular and is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through collaboration and team work.”
Planning for an even larger Aston Idol 2011 is now underway.
This article was first submitted to Phoenix (September 2010).
BSEEN promotes entrepreneurship among students and graduates in the Birmingham area, whilst also meeting regional priorities including increasing higher skills, enhancing innovation and enterprise and supporting SMEs. It was jointly conceived by three partner university careers services: Aston, Birmingham City and Birmingham.
For BSEEN's content and focus, the careers service partners chose to go beyond a generic business start-up programme and instead created an innovative and multidisciplinary package of activities that not only supported graduate business start-ups but would also produce tangible entrepreneurial culture change in their institutions.
The three stage approach was:
• Level 1 - creating new graduate-managed businesses;
• Level 2 - providing a regional Enterprise Club;
• Level 3 - promoting entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship amongst the
partners' student cohorts.
The project was supported by Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, the NCGE, Business Link, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and JobCentre Plus. Senior university managers also demonstrated commitment and support with Aston University's senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor acting as programme Chair and regional spokesperson.
Evidence of effectiveness and success
The targets to provide entrepreneurial support to a minimum of 350 graduates, supporting 90 emerging businesses and creating at least 30 new graduate businesses were all met or exceeded in a 15 month period. The independent evaluation report also identified that over 47% of the businesses supported were fully trading and profitable.
BSEEN was made possible by a successful bid to the Working Neighbourhood Fund. The aim of effecting an entrepreneurial culture change across the three institutions was fully met, as evidenced by the partner institutions' decision to embed and continue delivering the programme beyond March 2011.
• Winner - AGCAS 2011 Award for Excellence: Entrepreneurship
AGCAS Enterprise Award Sponsored by Skills Hive
Working a full-time job alongside running your own business can test your organisational and time management skills to the limit. Sam Doud, IT and Web Services Manager at the University of Leeds Careers Centre, also runs his own web design and consultancy business.
Is it possible to do a nine to five job, run a business and still have fun and, most importantly, a life?
In the article below, which is available to AGCAS members who have registered with this site and signed in, Sam describes the realities of juggling two jobs.
This article was first submitted to Phoenix (January 2012).
The Enterprise and Education section of the European Commission is calling for proposals to promote projects with a high added value at European level in education for entrepreneurship. Actions will target teachers and young people in primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Projects to be supported will focus on one of the following objectives (priority areas):
• Creating trans-European models for primary and secondary school teachers to support the development of their skills and methods in applying entrepreneurial learning to different teaching subjects and to different contexts.
• Developing, organising and executing cross-European training/education workshops for teachers of entrepreneurship at institutions of higher education (universities, colleges, business schools, universities of applied sciences, etc).
• Creating a European online platform for teachers/educators to enable the cross-border exchange of good practice, methods and teaching materials in the field of entrepreneurship education.
• Developing and testing a European common framework of tools and indicators to assess entrepreneurial mindsets, attitudes and skills acquired by students in entrepreneurship education.
The deadline for applications is 16 April 2012.
Find out more about how to apply.
Tom Davie, member of the AGCAS Board of Directors and Deputy Head of the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre at Durham University, will be a guest speaker at the Westminster Employment Forum on The future of careers advice and guidance - schools, universities and adult provision taking place on Thursday 26 April in central London.
Tom will speak about the future for university careers services following the introduction of the Key Information Set (KIS) and will discuss issues such as the ways in which careers services can work with businesses to expand work placements and internships for students and graduates, and whether universities should include modules on employment skills or enterprise within the course syllabus.
The role of careers services in supporting student enterprise and entrepreneurship education was just one topic of discussion at the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG) Conference, which took place at the University of Surrey on the 18-19 June 2012.
Marc emphasised that careers services have a role to play in encouraging students to think about the possibility of setting up their own businesses. This role includes providing information and advice and signposting to opportunities, as well as providing low-intensity education opportunities to try to engage high numbers of students, eg inspirational speakers, business challenges or pitching competitions, inviting entrepreneurs to careers fairs, etc.
Marc pointed out that most students who engage with the careers service won't set up businesses, either immediately or in the future, but through the process of enterprise events, students have the opportunity to develop skills that will help them become more employable. In this regard, enterprise events can be very engaging for students and can result in them getting involved in other activities that careers services deliver. They can also be very engaging for employers, who see them as providing an opportunity to spot talent.
Marc also stressed that for most careers services there is a handover point where students with real ideas and potential need to work with experts: most careers services don't want to stretch beyond their expertise, ie careers services can help to identify students with potential for colleagues in business development departments to work with.
Marc presented a diagram of activities that he believes contribute to supporting entrepreneurial students, while at the same time helping students develop their employability skills (see the attachment below). He suggested that careers services have a role to play in providing low intensity activities with large numbers of students (the lower end of the triangle) and suggested that where careers services engage will vary. He encouraged delegates to make contact with their careers services.
Start Up Stand Up, held in May 2012, was a joint event coordinated by the QM Entrepreneurship Society and Queen Mary Careers, part of the Careers Group, University of London, and supported by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). The event was structured like a comedy club and aimed at inspiring students to consider working in an SME or starting their own business.
Held in the student bar, four SMEs (and a stand up comedian) told the attending students about a particular aspect of the start-up scene, from what it is like to be in an Accelerator Programme, and the differences between working for a large and small organisation, to what it is like to sleep on a couch for six months while you develop a smart phone app.
Several of the students who attended have ended up in mentoring relationships with speakers and some of the organisations attending are now looking to establish formal placements for QMU students. QMU now has a waiting list of organisations to speak at the next event, which will take place in October 2012.
The structure of the North East graduate labour market is characterised by SMEs and a relative scarcity of large private sector companies offering graduate training schemes. The larger employers in the region tend to be in the public and health sector. Newcastle University is strongly committed to supporting a graduate regional retention agenda and the Careers Service has consistently sought to introduce initiatives to make its students and graduates become more aware of the opportunities available with regional employers and to help regional employers become more aware of the value of engaging with its graduates.
Graduates into regional SMEs
The Careers Service populates and maintains the North East Graduate Directory, a searchable online directory of regional organisations which employ graduates. The Directory supports speculative applications to regional employers by our students, whilst also linking to our online vacancies facility. It currently lists 280+ regional employers and 3,000 unique student visitors have accessed it over the past academic year.
The University has recently invested heavily in providing a framework for subsidised internships and placements in regional SMEs for its students. Through the "Newcastle Work Experience" scheme, run via the Careers Service, we provide students with a high quality, paid work placement, undertaken during term-time to fit around their studies or during the summer vacation, and give employers easy access to our best graduates through a free recruitment service and generous subsidies. The University has committed almost £0.5m to source and place 675 such placements over the next 5 years.
Such initiatives have helped the University to be a net importer of graduates to the region over the past several years: on average about 47% of its UK graduates, who go onto employment in the UK, do so in the region and, of those, close to 80% do so in graduate-level jobs. The Careers Service recently made a successful bid for European Regional Development Funds to run a subsidised placement programme for graduates in regional SMEs: the scheme, worth £1.4m, will place 160 graduates in placements in North East SMEs over the next 2.5 years.
Enterprise and employability
The paid placement initiatives are supplemented by the University's major investment in schemes supporting enterprise and employability in the curriculum. The Careers Service has recently been resourced to develop and deliver an innovative cross-faculty 20 credit module "Exploring Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability". The module allows students from any subject area to use their discipline in an enterprise and entrepreneurial context to provide solutions to key societal challenges that affect their area of work, or engage their interests. As such, the module is not an add-on enterprise module, but instead asks students to bring their discipline with them and share their expertise with others to identify commercial solutions.
This new module complements the 20 credit Career Development Module run from the Careers Service, which allows students to draw upon experience gained through existing work (paid or voluntary and including running their own business) for academic credit. The module framework and assessment helps students to develop their employability skills, whilst enhancing their contribution to the workplace. The University has recently almost doubled the number of students allowed to undertake the module to 650.
AGCAS welcomes the government's response to the Wilson Review. In its response the government has announced that it will provide some seed corn funding to support AGR and AGCAS to work in partnership on the implementation of the Wilson review recommendations aimed at AGR and AGCAS.
AGCAS President, Anne-Marie Martin, said:
"AGCAS is keen to assist delivery on many of the agendas. Careers and employability services offer fantastic services to assist students, graduates and employers to come together. Whether employers are seeking part-time, permanent, temporary employees or interns or volunteers, they should check out their local university careers service. Many careers and employability services also support students to develop enterprise skills and to set up their own businesses or social enterprises."
A national centre for universities and business was also announced. As the voice of higher education careers and employability professionals who work at the interface between universities, businesses, students and graduates, AGCAS looks forward to working closely with the new organisation.
Implementing Wilson recommendations
AGCAS has recently been collecting evidence of how Wilson's recommendations are being implemented by its member HE careers and employability services across the UK. Here are examples:
• Newcastle University's work to encourage employment in local
SMEs together with enterprising graduates
• Yorkshire Universities' Graduate Internship Scheme
• University of Exeter's support for postgraduates and
• Glasgow Caledonian University addresses employability of
international STEM students
• Queen Mary, University of London, brokers work experience in
• University of Derby Careers Management Research Project
• Empower with Plymouth University
If you have any queries about AGCAS' response to the Wilson Review, please contact Chris Jackson (0191 240 3525) in the first instance.
As the enterprise university, Plymouth University places employability and enterprise at the heart of its' learning experience. This translates to students as a three-pronged approach to enhancing their employability. The following is an overview of the opportunities available, as well as how Plymouth University is engaging employers to add value and relevance to the student experience.
• Curriculum activities, delivered as part of all degree programmes and, in
many cases, credit rated
• Co-curricular activities, delivered alongside academic programmes and
• Extra-curricular opportunities, available and actively promoted to all
The following is an overview of the opportunities available, as well as how Plymouth University is engaging employers to add value and relevance to the student experience.
Programmes are designed and delivered with graduate employability as a focus, including professional, employability and career management skills. They are also designed and reviewed with input from employers, ensuring that content is relevant to the future career ambitions of our students.
Opportunities to meet and work with employers
More than 300 employers spend time on campus each year working with students through the Careers & Employability Service. This includes participating in traditional activities, such as careers fairs and delivering presentations and workshops, but also employer mentoring for disabled students, offering practice job interviews and working as judges and advisers for student projects and on-campus competitions, such as FLUX, and Hot Seat, the university's job interview challenge. Lots of our programmes include live projects, where students work with employers on a real challenge they are facing, while many of the employers we work with are our own graduates, who also offer advice through our Alumni Career Network.
Around 12,000 Plymouth students undertake work placements every year, ranging from short bite-sized experiences that enhance academic modules to year-long 'sandwich' placements in the UK and overseas. Placements also range from charities and social enterprises through to multinational blue chip businesses. Every first year student in the Business School undertakes a placement with a business as part of a programme called Inspiring Futures. For students and graduates who arrange their own short work placements, to help with career planning, we also offer a number of Career Insight Bursaries.
Voluntary and paid employment
The Careers Service advertises hundreds of student and graduate opportunities every week on their region-wide vacancy site Gradsouthwest and through an on-campus part-time jobs service, Student Jobs. Opportunities include part-time and summer jobs for students, voluntary work organised by the Students' Union, and graduate opportunities. Most importantly for employers, through Gradsouthwest there is a single point of contact to reach not just Plymouth University but all those in the South West to advertise jobs, making it easy for them to recruit students and graduates. As a Santander University, and through sponsorship by Devon & Cornwall Police, Plymouth University offers Student Talent Bursaries of up to £500 for students to develop community projects in Plymouth.
Plymouth University organises enterprise competitions and provides workshops and professional advice for those developing business ideas and social enterprises. These include FLUX, a one-day challenge that is a cross between The Apprentice and Dragons' Den, and the Business Ideas Challenge through which students can win professional support packages to assist their business start-up.
Students are encouraged to register for the Plymouth Award, which recognises the achievements of those students undertaking extra-curricular activities.
To find out more about any of these opportunities, contact Marc Lintern, Head of Employability, Plymouth University.
University College Falmouth is planning a number of new initiatives to put an increased emphasis on employability both within and outside the curriculum. There has already been major investment in a new employability team which now includes placements, an expansion of the college's employer liaison team and the imminent creation of a new post of entrepreneurship / business start-up adviser.
Embedding employability in the curriculum
Like many other institutions, University College Falmouth plans to embed employability much more firmly within the curriculum so that all courses have opportunities for assessed work placements. This will be supported by a comprehensive programme of careers education within the curriculum and a new vacancy system (Career Hub) that offers not just graduate opportunities, but work placements as well.
Support for enterprise
As the institution already has a self-employment figure of 18% (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey), University College Falmouth plans to support undergraduates with more curriculum and one-to-one based support, as well as an annual Creative Business Start-up boot camp.
This year, the Careers Advisory Service will also reach out to students who may not have engaged with the service before. It is initiating a series of weekly mobile pop-up careers stands across the instituion's two campuses, increasing the role of ambassadors and training students' union representatives.
For more information, contact: Jon Christie, Senior Careers Consultant, University College Falmouth.
The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) has launched a consultation exercise to design a Student Enterprise Framework, which will allow institutions to assess the scale and scope of their student-centred enterprise activities against a recognised, national model. It is hoped that the framework will act as a catalyst within institutions and across the sector for the accelerated growth of student enterprise provision.
University educators, senior management, students, business leaders and any other interested parties are invited to join in with the consultation by attending one of three roundtable debates in mid-September and/or submitting written evidence through the consultation website.
The consultation is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It will run in two stages from September to December, with the framework set to launch in January 2013. The consultation questions will be launched on Monday 11 September, along with other resources prepared by NACUE.
NACUE Student Enterprise Framework consultation
Plymouth University Careers Service has won the Enterprise Champion Award at the National Enterprise Education Awards. In partnership with Working Knowledge, Plymouth University has used FLUX, an enterprise challenge for students, as a way of engaging students in the possibility of setting up their own business, while at the same time using FLUX events to develop the employability skills of their students. Working in teams of four to six, students have half a day to create a business idea before presenting it to a panel of business 'dragons'.
The project has been developed over six years and is now a sell-out event in the annual calendar. It has also been embedded in the curriculum on a range of academic programmes.
What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.
The 2012 version of the publication has a new layout, including more easily understood graphs and charts. It is an invaluable resource for HE careers advisers wanting to grasp the essence of the destinations of students from distinct disciplines, as well as gain an overview of issues such as graduate employment, regional variations, self-employment and further study.
How to access What Do Graduates Do? 2012
All AGCAS member services will receive a hard copy of the publication from HECSU. A PDF is also available. The AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group will be seeking feedback in early November about how future issues of the publication might be improved.
• Download the latest edition (2012) of What Do Graduates Do?
• Download separate PDFs of the discipline sections.
Both the BBC and the Daily Mail have picked up on the messages of What do Graduates Do?
The AGCAS Enterprise Task Group has been relaunched having recently received confirmation of funding for the 2012-2013 cycle and with five new members on the group. The group in its newest formation first met via teleconference on 31 October 2012 to discuss proposed activities for the coming year.
The task group is seeking views from the wider AGCAS membership on how you feel the group could support you and what themes you would like the group to focus on. Your responses will be gathered to inform proposed activity when the group next meets on the 30 January 2013. You will be encouraged to join the AGCAS-ENTERPRISE discussion list for this (to join, email email@example.com).
Resources and toolkit
The task group also plans to produce resources and a toolkit for careers professionals and will be looking for and sharing examples of best practice, which will be posted on the Enterprise Community.
Find out more
If you want to know more about the work of the Enterprise Task Group, please contact Jane McAllister.
The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group would like to hear from AGCAS members involved in the delivery of enterprise and entrepreneurial support. The group has created a short survey, designed to encourage the sharing of best practice, which asks members to outline the challenges faced in this area, as well as the areas the group could focus on and develop further.
The results of the survey will help towards the development of a toolkit for members who work in this area.
Complete the survey
The deadline for responses is Monday February 25 2013.
Sir Tim Wilson, author of the Wilson Review, Dave Jarman, Chairman and Director of Enterprise Educators UK, Jeremy Budd, Vice-President of IBM, and Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), have all been confirmed as keynote speakers for AGCAS Biennial 2013, which will take place 10 - 12 September at the University of Exeter.
The conference will run over three days at the University of Exeter's new flagship venue, The Forum.
The overall conference theme is Beyond the rhetoric: Enterprise, Engagement and Employability.
Each day has a specific theme:
• Day 1, Tuesday 10 September: Enterprise
• Day 2, Wednesday 11 September: Engagement (Employer Day)
• Day 3, Thursday 12 September: Employability
In previous years, AGCAS Biennial has attracted over 600 participants over the three days.
The University of Exeter is widely recognised as a leading light in the graduate employability arena. Paul Blackmore, Head of Employability and Graduate Development, said:
"We have a strong commitment to student employability provision and employer engagement, so we are delighted to be hosting the 2013 AGCAS Biennial Conference. Exeter has a number of high-profile enterprising alumni, including Jeremy Budd. We look forward to showcasing our modern, high-class conferencing facilities."
Call for workshops
The conference planning group is now looking for workshops to fit each daily theme of the conference. Workshops can include training events, dissemination sessions, sharing of good practice, debates and discussions of interest. All sessions are 90 minutes long. The group is looking forward to receiving workshop offers from members, non-members, employers, other professional associations, partner organisations, academics, or any combination of the above. The closing date for workshop offers is Friday 12 April, 2013.
The 2013 edition of What Do Graduates Do? has been published. What Do Graduates Do? is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU. The research shows the destinations of 242,285 first degree graduates and 81,650 postgraduates in January 2013 - six months after they had left university. This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations.
New for 2013
This year's report features unprecedented data on postgraduate destinations. It is an invaluable resource for HE careers advisers wanting to grasp the essence of the destinations of students from both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. Janice Montgomery, Chair of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group, explains:
"WDGD? is an excellent resource for HE careers advisers who want to gain specialist knowledge of trends within specific subjects related to their caseloads, to better advise students, subject groups and academics in their institutions. Students and prospective students can be directed to articles on skills development while at university. The new article on postgraduate study provides a clearer picture of some of the outcomes for those undertaking further study. We hope that our colleagues will find this an invaluable resource."
Findings show that postgraduates are more likely to find employment and work in a professional role, and less likely to be unemployed, than first degree graduates. The most common roles that postgraduates go into are as education professionals, health professionals and legal, social and welfare professionals.
Almost one in five first degree graduates go on to further study with 13% enrolling in further study and 6% opting to work and study. Those who go on to postgraduate education are more successful in the labour market than their first degree counterparts.
Charlie Ball, Deputy Director of Research at HECSU, said:
"The annual graduate destination survey has much-improved data on further study and postgraduates this year so we can take a closer look at these areas in What Do Graduates Do? It shows that further study isn't just a tactic to delay getting a job, but a destination that has positive employment outcomes with many choosing to study career-related subjects."
How to access What Do Graduates Do?
Download the latest edition (2013) of What Do Graduates Do?
The University of Exeter won the AGCAS Entrepreneurship Award (in association with NCEE) at the AGCAS Biennial Conference 2013 for their innovative strategic approach to the provision of enterprise and entrepreneurship education based around a three-fold 'Think about it', 'Try it' and 'Do it' approach.
The university's approach to entrepreneurship
The Enterprise team is part of the university's Employability and Graduate Development (EGD) department and works in close collaboration with the Students' Guild and the Innovation Centre at the university. As part of this collaboration they established a Student Entrepreneurship Support Group (SESG).
The SESG aims to coordinate the different enterprise and entrepreneurship provision across the university and to provide a joined-up approach. The Group takes an innovative approach to engaging students with enterprise and developing enterprise skills by dividing the university's provision for students and graduates into three categories:
• 'Think about it' - focusing on raising awareness and developing essential skills;
• 'Try it' - providing opportunities for experiential learning;
• 'Do it' - where the focus is on providing business start-up support.
See the university's Enterprise website for more information on how this division works in practice.
In particular, the SESG acts to:
• Inspire students to consider 'starting a business' as a career objective.
• Help students understand their development needs to start and run a business.
• Provide a range of 'on demand' support and advice services accessible to all students.
• Provide facilities to allow students to experiment running their own businesses.
• Provide support in idea generation, development and realisation.
• Provide access to mentors and support networks.
• Provide access to seed-funding and investors
• Provide access to incubation facilities.
• Provide a calendar of extracurricular opportunities for all students to provide access to the support and services above.
The Group also provides reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) for wider dissemination to the university (by the Head of Employability and Graduate Development); considers the membership of the Group on a regular basis to ensure a range of stakeholders are represented; and reviews the Student Entrepreneurship Strategy documentation on an annual basis.
Over the 2012/13 academic year, the SESG has achieved 1,137 engagements from 314 students. As part of this engagement process, students are asked for feedback to ensure a process of continual improvement in enterprise provision. Examples of the feedback received include:
"I want to thank you for the session...I found it extremely interactive and helpful." (Strategic Marketing workshop)
"I really enjoyed today's session and got a lot out of it, so thank you for your time." (CSR workshop).
The EGD department has benefitted from this strategic approach, and was awarded High Impact Event status for its provision during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012.
The 'Think about it, Try it, Do it' approach benefits students by providing a continuum of activities that support students no matter what stage of the entrepreneurial journey they are at.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following on from their successful AGCAS Biennial Conference workshop focusing on what careers professionals can do to effectively support students who want to become more enterprising, members of the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group have decided to start a monthly entrepreneurship and enterprise blog.
The aim of the blog is to communicate more effectively with careers professionals and academics, as well as with members of the wider community who are interested in keeping up to date with the latest enterprise news and initiatives.
Read the latest blog.
Please contact Jane McAllister, Chair of the task group, if you have any comments or if you are interested in submitting an article for the blog.
The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group is looking to recruit a new member. The role is to take over the responsibilities for communication and publications. The group meets three times a year in a central location or via teleconference.
If you are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship and would like to be the main link for communication and publications, then the task group would like to hear from you.
How to apply
Please email a covering letter to Jane McAllister by Friday 6 December 2013 outlining your reasons for wanting to join, as well as any relevant experience or attributes that you could bring to this task group.
The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group is looking to recruit a new member. The group meets three times a year in a central location or via teleconference. If you are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship and would like to be the main link for communication and publications, then the task group would like to hear from you.
If you are interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship and would like to be the main link for communication and publications, then the task group would like to hear from you.
How to apply
Please email a covering letter to Jane McAllister by Monday 10 February 2014 outlining your reasons for wanting to join, as well as any relevant experience or attributes that you could bring to this task group.
A new survey from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) reveals that the vast majority of the heads of careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market improved further in 2014.
83.4% of respondents to the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey agree that graduate vacancies increased in 2014. More than a quarter of heads observed an increase in graduate vacancies in five key sectors: information technology; business consulting and management; marketing, advertising and PR; engineering and manufacturing; and accountancy, banking and finance.
In addition to graduate labour market buoyancy, interest in self-employment has also risen with 25% of heads reporting an increased interest amongst graduates in pursuing self-employment as a credible alternative route to employment.
Careers fairs as popular as ever
Despite the increase in the use of social media platforms, heads also report that careers fairs remain as popular as ever as a means of attracting and engaging graduate employers, with an average of 5.4 fairs organised per higher education institution, attracting an average of 196 employers per institution.
Furthermore, the trend of the last few years of engaging pre final year students continues, with 58% of heads reporting increases in earlier engagement with the careers and employability service. University careers services are well-positioned to help employers recruit suitable graduates and support students in their preparation for the world of work. This, together with an improving labour market and greater opportunities for self-employment, paints an encouraging and positive picture for students and graduates in 2015.
Sharp-end view of the graduate market
Dr Bob Gilworth, AGCAS Director of Research and Director of College Services & Co-Director of The Careers Group, University of London, said:
"This survey captures the views of leaders of higher education careers services dealing directly with students and employers all day, every day. There are excellent surveys already available but, for understandable reasons, these often relate to a relatively small number of universities and/or just the largest employers. We are delighted to be able to use the strength of our membership to provide this additional sharp-end view of the graduate market and student engagement, covering all types of higher education institutions and all sizes and sectors of employers."
About the AGCAS Heads of Service Graduate Market and Student Engagement Survey
145 heads of AGCAS-member careers and employability services based in the UK and Republic of Ireland were invited to complete the survey during December 2014.
Journalists wishing to arrange an interview with a senior representative of AGCAS should contact: Gemma Green, email@example.com or 0114 251 5771; or Ian Ford, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0114 251 5772.
Members of the AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group have reinstated their monthly entrepreneurship and enterprise blog. The aim of the blog is to communicate more effectively with careers professionals and academics, as well as with members of the wider community who are interested in keeping up to date with the latest enterprise news and initiatives.
Read the latest blog on Personal Business Models for students approaching self-employment.
Please contact Dave Jarman, Task Group Chair, if you have any comments or if you are interested in submitting an article for the blog.
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Thu 04 Sep 2008
Specialist in entrepreneurial graduates, Richard Hanage will guide careers advisers and other professionals interested in understanding, encouraging and challenging entrepreneurial students and graduates through practical approaches.
Specialist in entrepreneurial graduates Richard Hanage will guide careers advisers and other professionals interested in understanding, encouraging and challenging entrepreneurial students and graduates through practical approaches. This practical workshop will stimulate you to think about new ways to work with entrepreneurial students and graduates.
Richard took part in the NCGE project to develop materials for use when working with entrepreneurial graduates. The project was carried out in collaboration with AGCAS and about 30 careers staff in HEIs. Richard has since run short workshops on the findings of this study at several Universities and at the AGCAS conference last September. This longer workshop will allow the subject to be covered in more depth, and for more sharing of working practices between participants.
A full agenda can be downloaded from: www.ncge.com/news/files/539-Agenda_NCGEworkshops.pdf
Who is it for?
Those advising entrepreneurial students or graduates.
What will you get out of it?
By the end of the workshop you will:
- understand that many graduates have entrepreneurial tendencies, and that starting a business or a social enterprise is a viable option for them at some stage early in their career;
- recognise some of the problems and opportunities they will face when they start a business;
- be able to use a range of approaches and tools to help them make the right career choices;
- be aware of a range of regional and national activities students can participate in;
understand how other similar staff are working with entrepreneurial graduates.
Participants will receive copies of the workshop materials, and a summary of the NCGE report
The cost per delegate is £55 (and only £45 per extra participant from the same organisation). Places at the event are limited to 25, so early booking is recommended.
Please contact Gemma Wan at the NCGE to book a place (0121 503 3239 or email@example.com). If you are not sure if the workshop is right for you, please contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0780 143 0784 to find out more about them.
Wed 30 Apr 2008
A one day regional AGCAS event taking place on 30 April 2008 at Manchester Metropolitan University, this practical workshop for careers advisers, enterprise officers and business advisers will stimulate you to think about new ways you can work with entrepreneurial students and graduates.
By the end of the workshop you will:
- Understand that many graduates have entrepreneurial tendencies, and that starting a business is a viable option for them at some stage early in their career.
- Recognise some of the problems and opportunities they will face when they start a business.
- Be able to use a range of approaches and tools to help them make the right career choices.
- Be motivated to build your network of relevant contacts inside/outside your HEI.
- Be aware of a range of regional and national activities students can participate in.
- Understand how other similar staff are working with entrepreneurial graduates.
The workshop will be led by Richard Hanage who took part in the NCGE project to develop materials for use when working with entrepreneurial graduates. The project was carried out in collaboration with AGCAS and about 30 careers staff in HEIs. Richard has run workshops on the material at several universities and at the ACCAS Biennial Conference last September, as well as leading a one-day workshop in York for the NCGE.
Participants will receive copies of the workshop materials and a summary of the NCGE report. Places are limited to 20 and Richard believes that participants will get more out of the event if they attend in small service groups.
This is a REGIONAL AGCAS TRAINING COURSE FOR THE NORTH WEST REGION and the AGCAS Office will therefore NOT be involved in bookings. However, if you wish to use AGCAS Training Vouchers in payment then please contact Jan Cornish at the AGCAS Office.
Please apply on a Regional Course Booking Form (available below) to Hazel Doyle, the course contact.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS PRIMARILY FOR AGCAS MEMBER SERVICES IN THE NORTH WEST REGION. Others may apply if there are still places available when services in these regions have been accommodated.
Full Price: £67.00
Conference Members: £54.00
Affiliate Members: £47.00
Associate Members: £40.00
Mon 06 Apr 2009 to Wed 08 Apr 2009
The 2009 final of the FLUX! national student enterprise competition will take place in Plymouth on 6 - 7 April.
Wed 20 Jun 2012
This South West AGCAS regional training day offers the opportunity to discover, share and explore diverse approaches to employability and enterprise.
The event aims to provide delegates with:
• an understanding of key employability and enterprise skills programmes in the region;
• the ability to engage with students to develop employability skills;
• knowledge of the key components of an employability award programme;
• the ability to advise students on strength-based interviewing techniques;
• the ability to transfer and apply knowledge gained throughout the day to their own service;
• the opportunity to share good practice and network within the sector and region.
How to book
Please note that this event is primarily for AGCAS members in the South West region. As this event is run regionally by AGCAS members, the AGCAS office will NOT be involved in bookings. However, if you wish to use AGCAS training vouchers in payment then please contact Jan Cornish at the AGCAS office.
Please apply on a Regional Course Booking Form (available below) to Jeanine Stanley, University of Bristol Careers Service, Bristol BS8 1TH.
Places on this course are limited and you are advised to book early.
Fri 15 Jan 2010
This is a one-day best practice workshop looking at how live projects have developed and enhanced the enterprise and employability skills of arts and humanities students - with a special focus on those in archaeology.
A dynamic mixture of short presentations and discussion sessions from students, academics and industry professionals, which will look at key issues in the sector, what arts, heritage and cultural employers want, plus a look at an internationally-recognised academic model of employability - and much more.
Further information and booking details for this event can be found at www.uclan.ac.uk/futures or visit Enterprise Educators at www.enterprise.ac.uk.
Fri 20 May 2011
How to promote entrepreneurship among students and provide support to students considering self-employment.
How to promote entrepreneurship among students and provide support to students considering self-employment.
Welcome from Dr Richard Harvey - Dean of UEA London and Ian Chance MA Creative Entrepreneurship Course leader, UEA London
Developing a strategy for promoting entrepreneurship in HE - John King Entrepreneurship Careers Adviser, Royal Holloway, UofL
A Careers Guidance Model for working with students and graduates as self-employed entrepreneurs - Elishba Zacharia, University of Westminster
Students into self employment - a co-active approach to enterprise & entrepreneurship - Marie Milligan from Enterprise Centre for Creative Arts, University of the Arts London
Developing a student enterprise programme, including inputs from students - Matthew Connelly, Student Enterprise Development Manager, London Metropolitan University
Online start up resources and webinars - Joanne Ross, Director of Make It Happen (NCGE Flying start)
How to support students setting up a social enterprise - Rhiannon Horsley, UnLtd Development Manager (HEI Social Enterprise Programme)
Facilitators: Anne Hillary, Director of Careers and EmployAbility, University of East Anglia, Alexandra Hemingway, Careers Adviser, University of Surrey, Richard Peat, Careers Adviser, Norwich University College of the Arts
Lunch is included in the cost.
How to book
Please note that this event is primarily for AGCAS members in the Eastern, London and Southern training region. As this training course is run regionally by AGCAS members, the AGCAS Office will not be involved in bookings. However, if you wish to use AGCAS Training Vouchers in payment then please contact Jan Cornish at the AGCAS Office.
Please apply on a Regional Course Booking Form (available below) to Richard Peat, tel: 01603 751471, fax: 01603 615728 (marked for the attention of Richard Peat), Norwich University College of the Arts, Francis House, 3-7 Redwell Street, Norwich NR2 4SN
Tue 17 May 2011
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
This workshop provides an opportunity to refresh your understanding of the support available to graduates considering self employment or business start-up. Participants will be invited to share good practice and learn from each other.
NW Regional Training
This workshop provides an opportunity to refresh your understanding of the support available to graduates considering self employment or business start-up. Participants will be invited to share good practice and learn from each other.
"Ensuring graduates have access to appropriate start-up support is so important when leaving university...start up support and mentoring will give them a better chance of success." (National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship)
The workshop leaders will be Alex Langhorn and Dominic Laing from The University of Manchester.
The workshop will cover:
• The current landscape - DLHE statistics, government initiatives
• Social enterprise
• International students and entrepreneurship
• Interpreneurship and SMEs
• A guidance model for self employment/enterprise
• Regional resources including incubators and a tour of Innospace
How to book
Please apply on a Regional Course Booking Form (available below) to the course contact, Hazel Doyle, telephone 0161 247 3483.
Please note that this event is primarily for AGCAS members in the North West region. As this training course if run regionally by AGCAS members, the AGCAS Office will not be involved in bookings. However, if you wish to use AGCAS Training Vouchers in payment then please contact Jan Cornish at the AGCAS Office.
Wed 14 May 2014
AGCAS and Enterprise Educators UK are collaborating on an event for careers and enterprise staff working with students who aspire to go their own way - organised by the AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group and its co-opted member, Dave Jarman, Director of EEUK.
With more opportunities emerging in freelance, portfolio and contracting careers - particularly in the creative sector - and with increased focus on getting graduates into the SME workforce, it seems timely to share best practice from the worlds of careers guidance and from enterprise and entrepreneurial education.
The event will feature:
• using the Business Model You tool as a practical exploration of building a career and a business around a student's own passions and skills;
• guidance on supporting students into creative start-ups;
• sharing best practice on supporting students into SME graduate and work experience opportunities (often to hone their own entrepreneurial ambitions);
• sharing best practice in supporting students into portfolio, contracting and freelancing careers in different sectors.
This event is free of charge to AGCAS and EEUK members. Please note: booking is essential as places are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cost for non-members is £90
Once we've processed your booking, you will receive an email confirmation with joining information no later than TWO weeks before the event. This email is sent from email@example.com so please keep an eye on your JUNK folder as well as your INBOX.
Fri 05 Jul 2013
A North East AGCAS regional training course to increase your ability to recognise and encourage entrepreneurial talent.
Through an interactive workshop, delegates will improve their skills in how to recognise individuals with entrepreneurial talent, ie those with ideas that can make a positive contribution to the world that we live in and who have the skills and ambition to be the employers/wealth creators of the future.
The session will focus on:
• Understanding the entrepreneurial journey, motivational factors and key traits/attributes;
• The role of careers staff in fostering and signposting to specialist university and external services;
• Routes to market/business types - delegates will hear first-hand from a student/graduate that has recently launched their own business, and from an established entrepreneur.
How to book
Please note that this event is primarily for AGCAS members in the North East region. As this event is run regionally by AGCAS members, the AGCAS office will NOT be involved in bookings. However, if you wish to use AGCAS training vouchers in payment then please contact Jan Cornish at the AGCAS office.
Please apply on a Regional Course Booking Form (available below) to Sue Mulley or tel 0191 5952924. Places on this course are limited and you are advised to book early.
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Create Your Own Career
Create Your Own Career has been produced for students and graduates of artistic, creative and performance degree courses, many of whom take an alternative approach to employment and finding work.
Formerly the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE), the aim of the NCEE is to raise the profile of entrepreneurship amongst students and graduates and promote a culture of entrepreneurship within higher education.
Break-Out or Break-Up?
This report examines the role of four HE careers services in relation to their institutions' strategies for employability, enterprise, employer engagement and PDP. The universities examined are Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Lancaster and Liverpool John Moores.
Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
This 2010 survey of enterprise and entrepreneurship was carried out between February and July 2010 with a 92% response rate from 126 HE institutions in England representing 1.8m students.
This report discusses the changing role of universities in economic development, and their role in relation to regional economic development within the emerging policy framework of localism, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), and the aspiration to rebalance the economy.
The Working in Fitness Survey is a key source of information on the fitness industry across the UK. Now in its tenth year, it explores a range of issues, from salaries and working conditions through to professional membership and future expectations of staying in the industry.
Make Business Your Business provides an assessment of the landscape for supporting entrepreneurs and new businesses, including help and advice on offer from the public and private sectors. The report highlights some of the main issues affecting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) along with the key developments that have helped to promote enterprise in this country. It is the first comprehensive report on SMEs since the Bolton Report of 1971.
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)'s Skills and Employment Manifesto sets out long-term solutions to ensure UK employers can access the skilled workforce they need. It includes recommendations to improve young people's transition from education to work, boost employers' investment in in-work training and help them to find skilled workers among the nation's jobseekers.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching and Learning Summit on Employability took place in May 2012. The summit brought together people with varied experience of and expertise in educational and labour market research, graduate recruitment, and embedding and delivering employability, enterprise support and culture change across the higher education (HE) sector. Delegates included practitioners, experts, employers, senior managers, students and policymakers.
This report, aimed at universities, students, graduates and employers, focuses on identifying existing good practice which can be shared to enhance employability and proposing further action to continue to improve the employability of graduates.
Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction Survey
This analysis by HEFCE of the twelfth annual Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey shows that the total value of the services that UK universities provide to the economy and society increased by 4 per cent to £3.4 billion in 2011-12, from £3.3 billion in 2010-11.
In November 2012, ICF GHK was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to provide evidence of the impacts of the economic value of enterprise and entrepreneurship education as well as indicating best practice, any gaps in current provision, and any gaps in the research evidence of impact.
This report presents the findings of an investigation into the growth performance and growth dynamics of a selection of Scottish employee owned businesses (EOBs) compared to a peer group of companies who have conventional ownership structures.
The AGCAS Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Group produces a monthly blog aimed at higher education careers professionals interested in the latest developments in entreprise and entrepreneurship.
This report, written by Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), was commissioned by the government to examine how universities can better support economic growth and drive exports.
This report focuses on entrepreneurial spirit in education. It is the latest in a series of moves from the government to make sure that young people leave education ready to work, with the skills and experience employers are after. The review covers the full breadth of education and is aimed at education leaders, teachers and all those involved in policy and delivery of teaching and learning.
This report collates and reviews the literature on current practice in the development of employability skills. This is with a view to demonstrating the contribution of libraries to employability and the development of 'graduate attributes' and situating libraries' 'traditional' information literacy role in the new broader academic skills landscape.
This guidance has been developed by representatives drawn from, and acting on behalf of, the enterprise education community, with support from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). It is intended to be of practical help to those working with students in higher education to foster their skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship.
The purpose of this report is to highlight the abundance of opportunity and support available for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is aimed at policymakers and all those who advise and champion small businesses. It deals mainly with micro-businesses and small firms employing fewer than 25 people.
This article aims to provide a framework for exploration of a strategic approach to entrepreneurial university development. It draws on earlier reviews by the author of the entrepreneurial concept and of the now considerable global literature on the theme of the entrepreneurial university, although there is a strong focus in this article on the UK.
Nesta has created six possible future scenarios for the UK collaborative economy. Looking ahead to 2025, each scenario highlights some of the key trends and assumptions that are currently driving forward this space, such as micro-entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and local economic development.
This report provides a compilation of evidence from 23 countries, including the UK, on the impact of entrepreneurship education strategies and measures. The prevailing impression that emerged from the evidence collected is that entrepreneurship education works.
This report charts a culture change: more people are choosing to be their own boss because of conviction in their own ideas. It also covers enterprise in education, changing public procurement, finance models and support for businesses, and includes case studies.
This report on student/graduate business start-ups, commissioned by HEFCE, examines student enterprise, including student start-ups and the contribution of students to spin-outs, from English HEIs.
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