EEUK Enables excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship education, connecting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship educators across the UK. We are Ambitious for our membership and inspire them to Innovate whilst increasing the scale, scope and effectiveness of their practice and research in order to influence positive change in UK and International Policy. We operate with Integrity, acting fairly and professionally, communicating with respect and purpose.
To achieve this we provide research funding, bursaries, practical resources, tools and techniques. Our members and extended global network connect and share practice through our international conference (IEEC), Enterprise Exchange events, webinars, ETC Toolkit and forum. Celebrating the impact of enterprise education is also important and is achieved through the National Enterprise Educator Awards and our Impact Showcase.
Related to enterprise education is an important ambition. We provide input to UK government policy consultations and our Directors and Honorary Fellows influence international policy change through the EU, OECD and United Nations. Our board and members recently made major contributions to the new QAA Guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.
If your organisation joins, you will become an EEUK Associate and will have the opportunity to develop your professional practice as an enterprise educator or practitioner. Exchange good practice at free to attend events, receive a 28% discount to attend the leading global enterprise education conference (IEEC), apply for a bursary to develop your practice or apply for funding for a small research project – even if you are not a researcher. But most important of all, join a connected network to share and learn from others.
Universities, colleges and other organisations that join EEUK are well placed to develop and embed enterprise education right across their organisations. For a small annual fee, all academics and staff in enterprise, careers and other departments can attend free events, receive conference discounts, apply for bursaries and research funding and connect with educators across the UK and beyond. You can also raise your enterprise profile through hosting events and contributing to member newsletters and our impact showcase.
Enterprise Educators UK rebranded and launched a new website to raise awareness of the impact of our members’ work and to support members to share, connect and develop their practice. Later in 2018 EEUK Fellowships and EE Global will launch.
Following the sad and untimely death of EEUK Vice-Chair, Dr Richard Beresford, the Richard Beresford Bursary was introduced to support personal career development amongst early career enterprise educators.
Organisational membership had been growing steadily since 2005 and finally reached the magic 100 – within these 100 member organisations 1000 individuals were connected to EEUK and to each other.
A growing membership and successful annual conferences had generated a small surplus. The decision was made to return the surplus to the members through the launch of the Enterprise Education and Research Project Fund.
In recognition of the excellent enterprise education being delivered beyond universities and the further opportunities to exchange good practice, membership was opened to Further Education colleges and other organisations with a clear enterprise education purpose
EEUK became an independent legal entity – a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) became the new name of the organisation to reflect its wider remit and reach.
As SEC funding came to an end and the model of 13 consortia with one clear lead institution started to break down, UKSEC recognised that there was an opportunity to revise its membership model and every university in the UK became eligible to join. A new constitution was adopted and elections held for Management Board positions. UKSEC had become a membership organisation run by the members for the members.
The importance of innovation in service provision and in discipline areas beyond science and technology was attracting attention and universities responded by extending their enterprise and entrepreneurship education across disciplines and beyond the curriculum into extra-curricular activities such as student enterprise clubs and societies. UKSEC resounded by widening its focus to disciplines beyond science and technology.
2001 Established as UK Science Enterprise Centres (UKSEC). The catalyst for the development of UKSEC was Science Enterprise Challenge (SEC) funding provided by the UK Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) that established 13 Science Enterprise Centres and consortia.