2019. It still seems a little strange to be typing it doesn’t it? However, before we focus on some of the exciting plans we have for 2019, I wanted to spend a few minutes to look back at EEUK in 2018 and some of the proudest moments and highlights as identified by our 12 dedicated directors and the EEUK team.
In no particular order, here are some of our highlights:
- David – our contribution to the updated QAA guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.
- Jerry – led an enterprise exchange event on tech entrepreneurship.
- Kate – the largest International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference ever with 323 delegates!
- Gareth – being voted as Vice Chair and my work supporting the board as treasurer.
- Sarah – building a reputation as a GDPR expert. And of course being chair for 2017/18 and launching the EEUK Fellowship.
- Lauren – proud to be elected as a Director of EEUK.
- Neil – Hearing some of the amazing stories from our members that received the Richard Beresford bursary.
- Alison – driving forward our policy contributions, leading on two policy consultations including the APPG report on Enterprise Education.
- Inge – delighted to have achieved Fellowship of EEUK as a member of the pilot cohort and graduating at IEEC 2018.
- Dan – being a champion of EEUK and raising the profile at his university.
EEUK is growing from strength to strength. Not only was IEEC2018 our largest ever conference, it was the most internationally diverse. The membership of EEUK is also growing; we now have 108 institutional members. We represent universities, colleges, individual enterprise educators and suppliers of enterprise education tools. We are here for teachers, lecturers, start-up advisors, researchers; everyone that supports the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship in others. A true voice for the sector. However, we need you, our members to guide EEUK. You set the agenda for our monthly Enterprise Exchange events, you deliver the content for our IEEC parallel sessions and workshops, you deliver the EEUK funded Enterprise Education and Research Projects, you add the content to the ETC Toolkit. We want to make it easier for your voice to be heard by the board of voluntary directors and help shape our strategy. Therefore, we will soon be launching our first Special Interest Group with a focus on policy. Watch this space for details on how to get involved. If you have any suggestions for future Special Interest Groups then please tweet us @EEUK or email Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Wishing you an exciting and enterprising 2019!
Jon Powell, Chair of EEUK