Richard Beresford Bursary

About the bursary

Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) has established the Bursary in memory of their former Vice-Chair Dr Richard Beresford. Richard had a deep commitment to supporting the personal development of colleagues working in enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for details of bursaries already awarded.


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.

Who can apply?

You must be employed by an EEUK member organisation and should have been an enterprise educator or practitioner for no more than 5 years. Directors of EEUK are not eligible to apply. Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the application form.

How could the Bursary be used?

The Bursary could help you to engage in a personal development opportunity that you could not otherwise do so. This could include but is not limited to attendance at conferences, visits to other institutions to share models and knowledge of good practice in enterprise education, course fees that are relevant to enterprise education practice.

How will I share my learning with the EEUK membership?

After spending the Bursary, you will be required to write a 500 word blog and create a 90 second video to be shared with the EEUK membership to show what you have learnt and how you will embed the learning in your practice.

How much can be applied for?

A maximum of £500 per application will be awarded to a small number of applicants every year. Match funding is welcome but not mandatory.

When is the deadline?

The fund is currently closed for applications and will open again late summer with the next deadline being Friday October 23rd 2020.

How do I apply?

You apply using a simple form and 90 second video pitch. A panel of EEUK directors will assess all applications.

How do I find out more?

See examples of Bursaries already awarded below or contact Kate Beresford


  1. Applicants must be employed by organisations that are fully paid-up members of Enterprise Educators UK.
  2. Applicants must have been practising as an enterprise or entrepreneurship educator for no more than five years in total.
  3. Board members of Enterprise Educators UK are not eligible to apply.
  4. The Bursary will be paid to the applicant’s employer.
  5. The maximum that can be applied for in any one 12 month period is £500.
  6. Costs associated with attending events or conferences organised by EEUK are not eligible for funding.
  7. The number of Bursaries awarded is at the discretion of Enterprise Educators UK.
  8. The Bursary must be spent within 6 months of it being awarded.
  9. Evidence of spend must be provided to EEUK.
  10. Within 3 months of the Bursary being spent, the applicant must disseminate learning by writing a 500 word blog and producing a 90 second video, both of which are suitable for publication by email or on the EEUK website. EEUK is not obliged to publish the blog or video.
  11. EEUK retains the right to reclaim the Bursary if it has not been spent as proposed within 6 months of it being awarded.

Past Projects

  • Amanda Brooks, Lancaster University

    The bursary contributed 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 brought the learning back to inform developments at Lancaster.

    Video: Amanda's learning
    Amanda's blog 'Learning to create more Ah-Ha! moments in learning':
  • 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 developed Catherine’s skills related to measuring the less tangible outcomes of enterprise initiatives.

    Video: Catherine's learning
    Catherine's blog:
  • 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.

    Video: Plato's visit
    Blog: Plato's Visit
    Plato's ongoing blog with a focus on extending the impact of the Bursary
  • 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 covered the fees and travel for Teodora to attend a PraxisUnico New Venture Creation course. This developed Teodora’s skills for working with groups of students and staff requiring business advice and enhanced her business evaluation skills so she is able to acknowledge start-up and spin-off propositions herself and provide more competent advice.

    Teodora's learning
    Teodora's blog
  • 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 about Peter's experience
    Read Peter's blog:
  • Steven Aicheler, Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Steve is a key member of the team in the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Metropolitan University delivering entrepreneurship education and start-up support. The bursary covered the fee to attend the USASBE 2018 Conference in Los Angeles, the theme being “Advancing entrepreneurship education through bold teaching, scholarship and practice”, Attendance at the Conference enabled him to feedback to academic colleagues to help them support their delivery within the curriculum.

    Read Steven's Blog
  • Tam Do, Sheffield Hallam University

    The Bursary contributed to the cost of creating an online training module in consultation with IPSE which is essential if the project is to be successful. The consultation included, Identifying aims and objectives of the online training module, The structure and format to be implemented, Identifying core topics that need to be addressed and assessing their relevance to the target audience, i.e. students and graduates.

  • Kadeza Begum, University of East London,

    The Bursary contributed towards Kadeza obtaining a Level 5 Certificate in Business Support which covered Business Support, Developing effective relationships with clients and empowering the client to analyse the business and implement change. In addition Kadeza undertook some specific skills development in Presentation Skills, Marketing and Business Finance to enhance and complement their current service offering.

  • Stoyan Stoyanov, Strathclyde University


    The Bursary contributed to the cost of Stoyan attending experts’ sessions and workshops at the International Council for Small Business World Congress, the Academy of Management, or similar. To achieve the desired stage of his personal development he would like to learn from trained sociologists who have knowledge on the topic of cosmopolitanism, how it can be measured, and how it can be promoted within curricula.

  • Simon Hill, De Montfort University

    The Bursary contributed to the fees and travel for Simon to undertake an SAS style training weekend. There are a high number of similarities between enterprise education and special forces operations and this training gave Simon key insights into things like decision making under ambiguous situations, creativity, risk taking and leadership. By developing these characteristics he hopes to be able to share the concepts, scenarios and examples within the classroom as well.

  • Lauren Ellse, University of Bristol

    The bursary was awarded to Lauren to help fund visits to enterprise groups at other universities, with the intention of learning best practice in forming and maintaining relationships between the enterprise components across campus (octopus heart and brain) and how to communicate her offering effectively among all stake-holders (octopus tentacles). 

    Watch Lauren's Video
    Read Lauren's Blog
  • Natasha Davies, UWE Bristol

    Natasha was awarded the funding to attend the KAOSPILOT Co-creation design 2 day programme in Stockholm March 2019

  • Eilish Gorse, University of Portsmouth

    The Richard Beresford bursary enabled Eilish to visit other HEIs and understand what female entrepreneurship schemes are in place and which ones created the greatest impact. The findings were then reported, disseminated to EEUK members and applied those findings to create a programme for budding female entrepreneurs  piloted in spring 2019.

    Download Eilish's Blog
    Watch Eilish's Video
  • Amy Pyle, London South Bank University

    The funding went towards a facilitation course.

    The aim of the training is to increase my confidence in facilitation and my skills to handle more challenging situations. I would then take time to reflect on how I will use my new skills and techniques and apply them to workshops and presentations that I deliver to students and graduates.

    Read Amy's Blog
  • Amy Gerrard, Liverpool John Moores University/University of Liverpool

    The funding will be used towards travel and accommodation to attend Buffer Fest in Toronto in September 2019. This is the largest, world-wide gathering of YouTube creators (the Oscars of YouTube). I also plan to visit the YouTube Space in Toronto, which I a co-working and collaboration hub for YouTube creators. Overall, this trip will take 4-5 days.

  • Katharine Fox, University of Edinburgh

    The funding will be used to go on a two day course run by Praxis Auril , called New venture creation 1: first steps towards spinouts and start-up companies. The course is highly participative and interactive, runs 29 – 30 Jan 2020, and is based in Loughbourgh.  
    The course looks at how to recognise and select opportunities to develop new companies, and their business models. It deals with building an effective business proposition and the basic administrative aspects of company formation. It also gives training in how to develop a pitch to win senior management support and offers the chance to hear from business development practitioners and those with corporate and venture capital experience. There will also be opportunity for networking with other delegates, the course team and other contributors. 

  • John Barker, Simply Do Ideas/Cardiff Metropolitan University

    The funding will used  to attend a Conference in London.

  • Kelly Jordan, Swansea University

    The funding will go towards undertaking a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training, with a level 7 module of Entrepreneurship Educators, written by Kathryn Penaluna.