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Bursaries awarded 2016-17

Richard Beresford Bursary - Summary of 2016-17 awards

Autumn 2016 – 2 awards


Amanda Brooks, Lancaster University

The bursary will contribute towards travel costs to Stanford University in the US to observe some University Innovation Fellows sessions. This program is for university students and their faculty to train students to become change agents and serve as collaborators to faculty. Amanda will bring the learning back to inform developments at Lancaster.

Watch a short video (6 mins) about Amanda's learning here.

Read Amanda's blog 'Learning to create more Ah-Ha! moments in learning' here.


Catherine McGrath, University of Huddersfield

The bursary covered course fees, materials and travel costs for attending The Rickter Scale® training. This training helps organisations to measure soft outcomes, distance travelled and impact, whilst giving individuals a meaningful experience that provides choice and ownership. The learning develoedp Catherine’s skills related to measuring the less tangible outcomes of enterprise initiatives.

Watch a short video about Catherine's learning here.

Read Catherine's blog here.


Spring 2017 – 4 awards, one of which was sponsored by Cobweb


Dr. Plato Kapranos, University of Sheffield

Travel bursary to support a visit to Mondragon University, Spain. The University is closely linked with industrial cooperatives operating in the Basque country and has recently started embedding enterprise in their curricula. During the visit Plato will explore how learning activities link in to their industrial cooperative system and will use this to inform developments back in Sheffield.

Watch a short video about Plato's visit here.

Read Plato's blog about the visit here.

Read Plato's ongoing blog with a focus on extending the impact of the Bursary here.


Gareth Stewart, Barnsley College

HE provision at University Campus Barnsley is growing rapidly but the current enterprise programme is more FE focussed. The bursary will support travel and accommodation related to visits to gain an insight from other HE organisations as to how they embed a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship across their institutions. The findings will bring back best practice to the College and develop Gareth personally and help him to establish in which area of enterprise and entrepreneurship he would like to develop a specialism.


Teodora Handrea, University of Edinburgh

The bursary will cover the fees and travel for Teodora to attend a PraxisUnico New Venture Creation course. This will develop Teodora’s skills for working with groups of students and staff requiring business advice and will enhance her business evaluation skills so she is able to acknowledge start-up and spin-off propositions herself and provide more competent advice.


Peter McLuskie, Coventry University

The bursary funded attendance at an improvisation workshops to help improve Peter’s classroom performance and also to help him to teach improvisation techniques to students to help them gain insights into the life of an entrepreneur and to better enable them to respond to changing situations and uncertainty.

Watch a short video (2mins 45) about Peter's experience here.

Read Peter's blog here.


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