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One of the absolute joys of being EEUK chair is being able to engage with colleagues and partners throughout the UK, and the past two weeks have been no exception. First up is the Inspiring Enterprise Conference at Glyndwr.Inspirational it certainly was, with an insightful opening by Allan Gibb on where and how we can best lead entrepreneurship. Tony Ward, an NEEA 'highly commended' educator, gave us some excellent insights into his work at York and Stacy Johnson from Nottingham slipped into some controversy, challenging the very perception of what healthcare education and environments could look like in the future.Day two opened with the excellent David Rae who gave us some of his perspectives on inspirational learning and, together with earlier speakers, inspired Allan Mortiboys to deliver a totally new presentation on what it means to be an educator. Yours truly kept the brains spinning with some interactive creativity before we all headed back home through the sunshine of North Wales. Thanks to Mary Bradley and team – a wonderful event all round.A summary of the conference, all of the presentations and the live conference blog can be found here.I am writing this blog on the train back to Wales, after another excellent HEEG conference that I felt privileged to open with a keynote. My role was to outline context and policy in order to trigger thinking on lean enterprise education. The link below will take you to the two-day programme, but suffice to say that once again I came away with new insights and thoughts to guide my thinking as to how funding shifts will impact on what we all strive to do. Thanks to David Stokes and Martha Mador, past and present HEEG Chairs, and to Christina Hartshorn who gave us some very insightful stories about her time at SEEDA, with no punches pulled. This was over fish and chips on Brighton pier, lean thinking that made us all smile, especially as the entire hour beforehand had involved delegates' dodgems and various other fair ground rides – one of the best ways to encourage networking that I have ever experienced at a conference!Details of the HEEG conference can be found here.Time to catch up with final student assessments and exams boards, the day-job beckons...

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