Enterprise news from Nottingham Trent, Strathclyde and Hertfordshire

Written by Kate Beresford


Nottingham Trent: Spark programme launch

The Hive, Nottingham Trent University’s centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship has been awarded a grant of £75,000 by the Santander Universities fund to run a new ‘year-long’ campaign named “Spark” supporting students and recent graduates to develop entrepreneurial skills and set up their own business. The campaign was kick-started on the 15 November with an expo, in the Central Court of Nottingham Business School, and visited by more than 400 students who listened to entrepreneurs such as James Douglas (founder of Reds True Barbeque) and Dominic McGregor (co-founder of social media marketing company, The Social Chain) giving inspirational talks on their own “spark moments” explaining their entrepreneurial journey. Read more here.


University of Strathclyde: Enterprise Pathway – you are invited

Launched in 2011, the Enterprise Pathway has become the flagship enterprise and entrepreneurship training programme at the University of Strathclyde; encouraging participants to enhance employability, explore entrepreneurship and build knowledge and confidence of business start-up through practical application. Attracting annual registrations of 600+ undergraduate, masters and PhD students from across all faculties and all levels of study, the programme creates 24 interdisciplinary teams of five to generate business ideas around HealthTec, FinTech and Space. From those teams, six finalists are chosen to present at the Pathway final. Strathclyde would like to invite enterprise educators from across the UK to network and help choose the overall winner. To register, please click here.


Hertfordshire: Innovative competitions research on open access 

Innovative research on Enterprise Education competitions has been granted limited open access by the academic published Sage Education. The research, developed by EEUK member Nigel Culkin with Catherine Brentnall, and Ivan Diego Rodriguez, examines one of the field’s most popular activities – competitions. Professor Culkin, said: “Competitions are frequently recommended for use in the UK and across Europe. It’s important we develop new ways of looking at such taken-for-granted activities, especially when they are applied so broadly.” The article appears in the journal of Industry and Higher Education and Special Issue Editor, David Higgins said: “Open access will enable more stakeholders to read it and explore the potential of alternative evaluation and research methods.” The research can be accessed here.