EEUK Job Vacancy – Operations and Business Development Manager

Written by Sal Edwards

 

Enterprise Educators UK are looking for an Operations and Business Development Manager.

The Operations and Business Development Manager (OBDM) is a pivotal role within EEUK, responsible for spearheading all aspects of operations and business development. Working collaboratively with the operational team, the Executive, and the Board, the OBDM will be instrumental in driving the growth and success of EEUK.

We are in search of an energetic and ambitious individual who aligns with our mission and can contribute enthusiasm and passion to the role.

Location: Flexible working locations – depending on residential location

Salary: £45,585 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed term 24 months with potential for extension to permanent

Placed On: 12th March 2024

Closes: 19th April 2024

Job Ref: OBDM24

The post includes a generous annual leave allowance, pension and flexible working.

Further details with a full job description and person specification and how to apply are available here.

CALL FOR TENDER – EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION REVIEW

Written by EEUK Exec

EEUK wishes to commission a review of all current procedures, policies, structures and opportunities to ensure that our organisation is inclusive, that recruitment and application processes are fair and that we are fully inclusive of our current and potential membership.

The review will identify any overt or hidden discrimination or bias which may be currently restricting engagement with our events, activities, opportunities, governance, and structures.

Click here to view the call details and to submit a tender.

Impact Fund Applications OPEN

Written by Sal Edwards

 

Applications for EEUK’s Impact Fund is now open (deadline 19 May 2024).

The key principles of the Impact Fund (formerly the EERPF) are to:

  1. Support the creation and evaluation of enterprise education materials and resources for publication to all EEUK members.
  2. Facilitate exploratory and/or impactful research which adds to our knowledge and understanding of enterprise education and addresses the needs of the enterprise education community.

Members of EEUK are invited to bid for funding each year and a key principle is that projects should aim to be of benefit to the wider EEUK community as well as the member organisation that is awarded funding.

EEUK are looking to award funding to members who demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the principles of the Impact Fund (see terms and conditions).

Applicants are invited to submit single organisation bids of any size up to £7,500. Collaborative bids from no more than three member organisations are permissible and may request up to a maximum of £10,000. Only one bid per organisation can be funded in any award year and the funding will be paid to the lead institution only.

To apply please click here.

LATEST #ENTED NEWS FROM OUR EEUK MEMBERS

Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Surrey: Green Tech Jam

University of Surrey has launched an innovative new module in the School of Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering, which flips the focus of software engineering to incorporate social impact from the outset. “Green Tech Jam” hits the intersection of technology and sustainability, equipping students to create web apps that tackle socio-environmental challenges across a range of sectors.

Led by Senior Lecturer Stella Kazamia, it is supported by the University’s cross-faculty Hackathon team including Student Enterprise Manager Kat Mack and Associate Dean International, Shelini Surendran, prize-funded by the Engineers In Business Fellowship. Contact us for more about making curricular hackathons work.


RGU: Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence

Robert Gordon University welcomes Diana Gormley, a former design engineer and award-winning founder, as its new Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence. Diana brings over 12 years of industry experience in design and technical engineering. Her entrepreneurial journey includes founding an award-winning children’s clothing company, Always Fun Clothing, recognised for ethical maternity and children’s wear. Diana will work with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group and support them to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among RGU’s staff and students, with an initial focus on STEM subjects, leveraging her expertise gained through her engineering design experience and her entrepreneurial talent.


Bangor: Mentee Testimonial, Dr Beth Edwards, Bangor University

Being relatively new to the Enterprise Education world, the mentoring has been crucial in supporting me to develop my own identity within the landscape. Through empowering and supportive conversations, I feel more confident in myself within my daily work and contributing to wider events. It’s enabled me to seek opportunities, e.g, sharing my work, that previously I’d have not done. The scheme’s organisation has been helpful, including the matching process. Having access to a mentor with such expertise and knowledge has inspired me and encouraged me to seek additional opportunities to collaborate, share, and showcase work in the future”.


Envestors: Innovator Business Founder Visa Information Sessions

Would you like to provide a briefing session to your students on the new IBF visa scheme? Envestors, endorsing body for the IBF Visa, can partner with you to run information sessions to help your students understand if the scheme is right for them and how to apply. Please note they will not be able to comment on specific applications. If you would like Envestors to run a session at your University, please reach out to Michael North at michael.north@envestors.co.uk


Stirling: Ecosystem Fund

“The University of Stirling is delighted to have received funding from Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise through their Ecosystem Fund, to support delivery of a pilot project of enterprise skills training for Young People (those aged 18-30) across the Forth Valley region. The two-phase project aims to enhance accessibility to start-up support for equity-deserving individuals and widen participation in entrepreneurial activity by not only inspiring, encouraging and showcasing relatable founder role models but by providing practical support via a 7 week pre-accelerator training programme. For more information, please contact the University of Stirling’s Enterprise team at enterprise@stir.ac.uk


York: Mentorship Scheme

The University of York’s Biorenewables Development Centre has launched a new mentorship scheme to support people working on or towards circular and bio-based business. This piece of work is an expansion of a pilot project earlier in the year, and will develop into wider support including an investment readiness programme. The activity is part of the BioYorkshire initiative, which seeks to create the first carbon negative region of the UK.


Northumbria: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

I am very pleased to share that our spinout project Solar2Water technology has been honored with the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Excellence and Innovation Award 2023-Social Impact Award!  This award is very special, it is not only about innovation and technology development, but also its social impact which shows testament to our unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the world. This recognition fuels our commitment to produce sustainable water for all (UNSDG6). Ceremony was help on Nov 15th at Glassgow Science Center, photos are attached. All winners list is available here:https://innovationawards.theiet.org/the-awards/winners/.


Strathclyde: Bi-annual Strathclyde Inspire100
2023 ended on a high note with significant investment for Strathclyde led companies. In November, six companies pitched their businesses to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors and experts to compete for a share of £27,500 prize funding in the bi-annual Strathclyde Inspire100 event. Funding was made up with £10,000 from the Stephen Young Entrepreneurship Awards and £7,500 from Santander. On the night, Strathclyde alumnus Sir Tom Hunter granted an extra £10,000, distributing funds among two additional companies. The Scottish Edge Finals also took place in November, where four businesses with high-growth potential linked to Strathclyde received a combined £45,000 funding. Read more here and here.


 

UK Startup Awards

Written by Sal Edwards

The UK StartUp Awards have just been launched which will again be celebrating innovative and high-achieving start-ups across the UK.

You are invited to apply for this year’s awards which, as in previous years, will be recognising the best businesses in ten UK nations and regions. However, to celebrate the “best of the best”, all the winners from the regional finals will be brought together for the very first UK StartUp Awards National final to be held in Birmingham at the end of June.

For example, if you win a category in your region, you will be automatically shortlisted for this category at the UK awards and be given the opportunity to be crowned the best in your sector nationally and, of course, to be considered for the UK StartUp of the year.

The closing date is March 8th and we are keen to get as many new businesses that have links with the university to apply. This is an incredible opportunity to showcase your business, network with industry leaders and, of course, to gain recognition for your hard work and success. Click here for further details.

Richard Beresford Fund Open for Applications

Written by Sal Edwards

The Richard Beresford Bursary fund is now open for applications.

Up to £500 is available to support the personal development of enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners, to positively contribute to their practice and to share the story of their learning experiences with the wider EEUK membership.

Click here for further details and an application form.

The Spring 2024 application window closes on 29 March 2024.

Richard Beresford Bursary Fund – Winter 2023/24

Written by Sal Edwards

Congratulations to those who were awarded Richard Beresford Bursaries in our Winter 2023/24 round.

Many thanks to our assessors at EEUK for their work in selecting the successful applicants .

Applications for the Spring fund will open next month.

 

 

Kate Beresford

Written by Dave Bolton - EEUK President

It is with profound sadness that we must report the passing of a cherished member of our EEUK family, the late Kate Beresford. Kate, our former Operations Manager, left an indelible mark on our organisation, and her legacy will forever be etched in our memories.

Kate’s journey with EEUK spanned almost two decades during which she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the betterment of EEUK and its members. Her contributions as Operations Manager were nothing short of exceptional, showcasing a level of commitment and professionalism that inspired everyone fortunate enough to work alongside her.

Kate’s leadership was characterised by a rare combination of competence, compassion, and integrity. She faced challenges with unwavering determination, always putting the needs of the team and the success of EEUK above all else. Her ability to navigate complex operational landscapes and steer us towards success was truly commendable.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Kate was a warm and compassionate individual who built lasting relationships within our organisation. Her guidance and mentorship extended beyond EEUK where many she touched considered her a true friend. She leaves an enduring impact on those who had the privilege of knowing her. Kate’s legacy is one of not just professional achievement, but also one of kindness, generosity, and genuine care for her colleagues and our members.

As we reflect on the loss of Kate Beresford, let us remember the positive influence she had on EEUK. In this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Kate’s family and loved ones. As President I hope that they realise the knowledge of Kate’s memory will forever be cherished within the EEUK family.

Please join me in extending our deepest condolences to Kate’s family and in remembering the remarkable person she was.

David Bolton
President EEUK


Kate’s family have asked, in response to our direct requests, that should anyone wish to donate to their chosen charities, Anthony Nolan and Douglas Macmillan Hospice, in memory of Kate, then please click here.

Taxing Times Ahead

Written by Alison Price

1st January 2024 has seen changes in the data that HMRC will collect from online traders, such as eBay, Vinted, Etsy, Folksy etc, so if you have been giving advice to students, graduates, and entrepreneurs, either formally or informally in class, read this!

 

Introducing the new Chairs of EEUK’s pathway networks

Written by Rob Edwards

 

Katrina Starkie, Chair, Influencer Pathway Network

Katrina Starkie is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a jacket. I am the Space and Community Manager at the Dryden Enterprise Centre. In between making the Dryden Enterprise Centre the best place to base a business, you’ll find me championing marketing, supporting entrepreneurs, and getting clued in on investment and business growth.

After studying Broadcast Journalism at NTU I started a film production company with a colleague during my 3rd year. We grew the business (and won some shiny awards) and then merged it with a larger marketing agency where I became the Marketing Director (and won some more shiny awards) and worked with clients from around the world.

After 8 years my feet were starting to itch, and my heart led me back to where the magic began – Nottingham Trent University – in 2021.

Now, I’m the mama hen to the Dryden Enterprise Centre. From spreading the word about our fantastic facilities to ensuring every nook and cranny is in tip-top shape, you’ll find me clucking around to ensure everything is all under control.

I take enterprise education seriously – I snagged the Rising Star Award at the National Enterprise Educator Awards 2023 – and appreciate the role people like me have to play in influencing entrepreneurial minds.

With support from our team at NTU Enterprise we make sure the DEC is not just a workspace, it’s a community where ideas soar and success stories are written.

Andy Mew, Chair, Practitioner Pathway Network

A photo of Andy Mew. He is smiling at the camera, wearing glasses and a red shirt.My name’s Andy Mew and I’m the Head of Startup Support at the University of Essex.

My role includes overseeing the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship education opportunities for students as a co- and extra-curricular offer, as well as programmes of support for graduate startups. Alongside this, I also have responsibility for Angels@Essex, our investment platform.

I’ve always had an interest in business – from starting my own car wash service at the age of 13 to being a Duty Manager and helping run a 2000-person nightclub whilst at uni, through to helping run a family-owned business and then setting up my own freelance hustle as a copywriter and growth strategist.

After some time spent digital nomad-ing around Asia, New Zealand, and South America, I set up shop at Essex, growing the team from two staff and two consultants to nine staff and four consultants – working to embed entrepreneurship at the heart of the university here.

I genuinely believe student enterprise roles are the best in the university and want to help practitioners futureproof what they do. I also want to help them demonstrate their value to the institute to create well-rounded, and well-resourced, student enterprise teams.

I love what I do and believe the skills entrepreneurship offers are of the utmost importance to develop the next generation of graduates – regardless of whether they start their own thing or go into employment.

Reach out to me via andy.mew@essex.ac.uk if you want to discuss ways to better support practitioner-led enterprise.

Carys Watts, Chair, Academic Pathway Network

Carys is smiling at the camera and wearing a red top.Hello, it’s Carys here, I’m a Senior Lecturer in Bioscience Enterprise at Newcastle University, UK. I started my HE journey with a microbiology degree, then continued with bench science through my PhD and several years’ post-doctoral research (whilst taking evening class qualifications in management), before moving to a Teaching and Scholarship Academic pathway. I’ve always been determined to keep learning and questioning which has helped my personal development; completing additional qualifications including the Academic route FEEUK, Newcastle Policy Academy Fellowship, and the experiential IEEP, and studying an online bio-commercialisation course in lockdown so I could appreciate the experience of my students learning online.

My role involves teaching both science and enterprise and I underpin this with pedagogy involving creativity and experiential learning. I keenly embed and emphasise my values through my work, including commitment to inclusivity and equity of opportunity for students and staff; I co-wrote our school Athena SWAN bronze award application and I lead on Global Education for my Faculty; including student physical and virtual mobility and co-teaching. I am currently working towards Principal Fellowship of Advance HE (currently SFHEA) predominantly based on my enterprise education and commitment to UN SDGs and equality. I am a member of the Regional (Northeast) Enterprise Community of Practice and Newcastle Enterprise Academy, and work with colleagues across and outside my institution to embed enterprise concepts and sustainable behaviours.

At my institution I actively support my colleagues through mentoring, and I am proactive in initiatives that align with my personal values to improve the working environment and work-life balance (NUWomen, single parents’ group, bicycle users’ group). I hope that my experience, enthusiasm and approach to helping others find and articulate their value and meaning will be of benefit to those following the Academic Fellowship pathway.