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Life has been far from dull these past few days and once again I feel inspired by the people I've met and the talent I have seen. Ten days ago, following the ICE event in Plymouth, we had our second QAA panel. An enthusiastic meeting in which consensus is evolving. Last week started with our best practice event in Cambridge University, where practitioner-led approaches were the primary topic. Its clear to me that we were all talking much the same language; take a curriculum-led approach and bring in the expertise that has relevance and enhances student engagement. Then, following a short meeting in BIS it was on to the 'Students in Free Enterprise' finals at Canary Wharf. If you have never been to this event and never been 'SIFED' you are missing a trick. With the cream of student enterprisers competing for a chance to represent the UK at the International finals in Kuala Lumpur, everyone I spoke to was impressed to the extreme, and that includes top UK business leaders. EEUK sponsors the SIFE University Adviser of the Year Award and we had a genuinely extremely difficult task selecting the two winners this year: Charlie Wheeldon from the University of Essex and Claire Adamson from Newcastle University. University Advisers all do an amazing job to support their teams but these two shone out as this year's winners. I was also honoured to represent EEUK as one of the final round judges in the main competition - a very humbling experience. Congratulations to the Southampton team who under the guidance of National Enterprise Champion Award winner Helena Schultz won the fiercely campaigned but friendly final. More about SIFE UK can be found here. Concurrently, the EEUK team were consulting with isbe colleagues to complete our joint response to the HEIF consultation process.Finally it was on to Oxford University's Humanities Department for the 'ASHPIT' discussions on Enterprise opportunities for researchers. This event, funded through Vitae, explored the latest enterprise policies and contextualized them for research active colleagues in Arts and Humanities subjects. I based my keynote on basic principles such as aligning creativity with business acumen. I am pleased to say that as a result, Vitae have suggested that we engage in further dialogue.

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