Developing leadership skills for smart futures: Inspiring enterprise & Intra/entrepreneurship & preparing students for the future workplace

9:45 am - 3:30 pm 16/10/2020


Developing leadership skills for smart futures: Inspiring enterprise & Intra/entrepreneurship & preparing students for the future workplace

Friday, 16th October 2020, 09.45 – 15.30

 As a delegate, you will:

  • Learn about two successful initiatives, at two different UK HEIs, which have used leadership capability development and innovation as themes for nurturing and building enterprise capability and preparing students for the changing workplace
  • Explore opportunities to utilise similar approaches in your own institution, and how using broad themes to bring together educators, industry and students enables mutually beneficial collaborations, creating environments rich in enterprise learning opportunities for both students and industry partners
  • Consider how programmes around leadership provide a great way to engage volunteers and external partners, and build a pipeline for alumni engagement
  • Take away some innovative approaches to incorporate leadership within your curricula and to engage external partners from industry/academia to help deliver a compelling programme
  • Network (online) with like-minded enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners.


‘Enterprise’ is a problematic term when it comes to engaging educators, external partners, and students, because it means different things to each audience. At this workshop you will explore how focusing on leadership development provides highly effective, mutually beneficial engagement opportunities, whilst still developing core enterprise competencies.

These competencies are becoming especially significant in our age of digitalisation and globalisation, where the workplace is changing rapidly and it is increasingly important to be creative and adaptive in leadership.

Building projects that engage students and external partners in working together on real innovation and leadership challenges – such as industrial digitalisation or the development of smart environments – means that students, partners, and staff learn together. Students develop enterprise capability, whilst their learning is connected to the workplace. External partners benefit from accessing academic expertise from the University, and being digital natives, the students bring fresh perspectives and act as mediators to help bridge the steep knowledge gradient. Through industry and academia shaping the future together, we help both students and industry prepare for future jobs, with a talent pipeline to fill them.

Hosts & Facilitators

  • Dr Gary Wood, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Ceri Batchelder, Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Princy Johnson, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Nick Russell, Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Exeter
  • Dr Chris Finnis, Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence, University of Leicester
  • Dr Joanne Phoenix
  • Dr Gareth Crapper

Educator Panel

  • Andrew Hirst, Principal Lecturer in Information Systems, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Emily Dreimann, Project Manager, David & Jane Richards Family Foundation
  • Beth Thomas, Student, Liverpool John Moores University
  • One additional panel member to be confirmed

Fireside Chat

  • Steve Jones, Connected Curriculum Lead, Siemens
  • Aejaz Zahid, Programme Director, Integrated Care Systems Innovation Hub, NHS
  • Nick Cooper, Global Programme Lead – Environmental Control, Dyson
  • Alex Kelly, Technical IT Manager, Tinsley Bridge

Cost to attend

Free of Charge for all

To register please see below.

Outline of the day (subject to change) 

09.45-10.00 Participants join via Zoom
10.00-10.30 Welcome and introductions

Introductory presentations from the University of Sheffield and Liverpool John Moores University to set the context for the day

10.30-11.30 Educator Panel Discussion
with panelists from across the sector sharing experience, and expertise in leadership and enterprise development
11.30-11.45 Break
11.45-12.45 Industry Partner Fireside Chat
with partners from multiple industries, exploring their collaborative work with students, and graduate skills demand and gaps
12.45-13.30 Lunch 
13.30-14.15 Workshop Part 1
Work with colleagues from higher education and industry to explore one of the themes that emerge from the morning discussions.
14.15-14.30 Feedback and idea sharing
14.30-15.15 Workshop Part 2
Identify your top learnings and takeaways from the day, network with colleagues who inspired them, and set actions points to influence both your teaching and institutional strategy
15.15-15.30 Evaluation and close


Attendee details

Ticket Type Spaces
Non Members