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Collaborating to exchange good practice

I had the pleasure of joining the Board as a Director of EEUK in September last year and have thoroughly enjoyed my time supporting this great organisation to date.

As members of the Board we each contribute to the EEUK Blog, and so it is on a very sunny Friday afternoon in May, that I find myself in front of my laptop, and a dauntingly blank word document! I hope that this brief summary of a recent event led by the Enterprise Team here at the University of Huddersfield, is of interest to you, our members.

One of the many benefits of EEUK membership is free access to Enterprise Exchange Events. These cover many topics and areas of interest pertinent to the Enterprise Educator community, and afford us the opportunity to learn, contribute, network and exchange best practice.

Two days ago, the Enterprise Team here at the University of Huddersfield, in partnership with Nest of the University of Portsmouth, hosted and delivered such an event, on the topic of ‘Enterprise Placement Year or Self-Employment Placement Programme’. Towards the end of last year both ourselves and Portsmouth suggested a similar event for the 2017 series, and by collaborating and planning to deliver a single event together, we hoped to give delegates the added benefit of hearing about two different approaches to, and experiences of, running an alternative placement year option.

The event was well attended (26 delegates from 19 different HEIs) and perhaps even more importantly, the delegates were extremely engaged and keen to participate in the session content. The interactions between the delivery partners, the delegates and some of the students that have experienced an Enterprise Placement Year, resulted in some great discussions, ideas and exchange of knowledge and experience.

For those of you who may not have had the opportunity to attend and would like to learn more about the day and programmes like this, there will be an opportunity available soon. We commissioned one of our supported graduate businesses (Fifth Planet Productions CIC) to film the entire day, and the content is currently being edited and prepared for posting on the EEUK website. It will be available on the event page where you can already find the day’s slides.

We would like to encourage you all, as members of EEUK, to provide us with feedback on the final film and to let us know whether being able to access the highlights of such events remotely, and at a later date in this way, would be helpful and well received as a new member benefit. We will monitor the number of views and any feedback we receive in order to make the final decision.

If you have not previously hosted an EEUK event, I can certainly recommend getting involved. There will be further opportunities to propose an event topic for next year.

Philip Clegg - @CleggPhilip

Director, Enterprise Educators UK,
Chair of the Graduate Entrepreneurship Network,
Head of Student and Graduate Business Start-Up, University of Huddersfield

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