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Embedding an enterprising curriculum across the university

From 15/06/16 10:00 until 15/06/16 16:00
Posted by Lynn O'Byrne
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*** The Storify for this event can be viewed here ***


This one day event enabled delegates to:

  • Consider different institution-wide approaches to embedding enterprise
  • Hear from experienced educators who have embedded enterprise in a range of subject areas 
  • Obtain new ideas to inform curriculum development
  • Hear about work being done to embed enterprise in Initial Teacher Training
  • Meet and network with other enterprise educators


Background and summary

The event focused on sharing best practice in embedding enterprise in non-business curriculum areas. It included an opportunity to share challenges, ideas and success stories and delegates gained top tips from colleagues who are already embedding enterprise.

The UK government is keen for students to develop their enterprise skills as recently highlighted by Lord Young in ‘Enterprise for All’ who said, “I would like to see students of all subjects, from Archaeology to Zoology, have access to elective enterprise modules, as part of or alongside their degree programme, for this is knowledge that will serve them well whatever they decide to do in life”.

Speakers from a range of universities presented the differing approaches that their institutions are taking to embedding enterprise into the curriculum. Delegates also heard from graduate entrepreneurs who shared their experience of learning to be entrepreneurial, demonstrating the impact that their time at university had on their enterprise ambitions and subsequent achievements.

Towards the end of the day we heard from a primary school teacher and a University of Cumbria academic about embedding enterprise in a PGCE course and how this is enabling enterprise to be embedded within the primary school experience.

Speakers and contributors:

  • Maggie Anderson, Edinburgh Napier University

  • Michael Mitchell, University of Cumbria

  • Katie Wray & Dawn Weatherston, Newcastle University Careers Service

  • Andrew Baird, Manchester Met. University

  • Gillian Gilbert and Anna Bridges, Carlisle Photo Festival and University of Cumbria graduate entrepreneurs

  • Katy Walker, Brampton Primary School and Jacqui Percival, University of Cumbria

  • Anna Nibbs, University of Sheffield Enterprise and Dr Millie Mockford, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

 Slides can be downloaded below.

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