Supporting Entrepreneurship Education across the Disciplines: How to Build Communities of Practice that Work

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 21/04/2023



Supporting Entrepreneurship Education across the Disciplines: How to Build Communities of Practice that Work

UCL School of Management, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, University College London and online

Friday 21st April 2023, 10.00am-4.00pm


This hybrid Enterprise Educators event is organised by members of the UCL Entrepreneurship Community of Practice to engage participants in practical discussions and activities around building effective communities of practice in higher education.

The UCL Entrepreneurship COP (COP) is an interdisciplinary community of staff who have a deep passion in entrepreneurship education. We share the aim to promote and enable entrepreneurial mindset & skills as a core part of UCL life and beyond.

Our COP is made up of more than 100 members across the 11 faculties of UCL and brings together academic colleagues alongside those working in entrepreneurship in many areas of the university such as Innovation and Enterprise, Careers, Business. Because of this, we are growing a community which is becoming more diverse to support entrepreneurship education in more inclusive and innovative ways.

We want to engage you, Enterprise Educators members, with the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary working across your institutions, through dialogue and activities which encourage you to think outside your own areas of activity. We will share the benefits and challenges we face, with a view of extending the conversation on supporting entrepreneurship and enterprise education across disciplines.

Our workshop intends to

  • extend the breadth and depth of participants’ knowledge of community building across their own institutions in enterprise and entrepreneurship education through exchange of information
  • provide practical tips and information for institutions wanting to build their own “communities of practice” based on best practices
  • enable colleagues from the enterprise and entrepreneurship education community to extend their professional networks and to explore opportunities to work together

We will do this through:

  • lightning talks from our own COP members from different parts of UCL (hybrid);
  • break out Q& A sessions on the ‘big questions’ around how participants and their institutions support the building of communities (in–person only)
  • sharing of best practices, where we invite attendees to share their own work in these areas (hybrid)

The ‘in person’ event will take place at UCL School of Management in Canary Wharf. The school is based on Level 50 (yes, the 50th floor!) and offers attendees a vibrant space that blends traditional education and modern business environments with breath-taking views across London.

Attendees who register will be sent updates on our range of speakers, tools we’ll use to facilitate online interaction and other information in due course.

Any questions about the event please email

Accessibility: Our community is diverse, and we want to strive to host inclusive and accessible event that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please do email Anne ( if you have additional requirements (these could be: Assistive listening device, Captioning, Reserved front row seat, Advance copy of slides to be projected, Wheelchair access, Lactation room, Gender neutral bathroom).

Getting to Canary Wharf: There are lots of ways to travel to UCL School of Management, use this link to navigate to Canary Wharf:

Cost to attend

Non-Members £100 In-person, £50 On-line


How the day is organised

The day is organised into a set of themed discussions accompanied by short talks by invited speakers and member of the UCL Community of Practice. Those attending online will hear the short talks and then participate in breakout rooms online where there will be UCL facilitators online to support the discussions. Those attending in person are invited to join face to face small group discussions. A debrief will be given at the end of each discussion and we will be taking notes throughout the day to share with attendees post event.

10am to 10.30am – Arrivals and introductions

Introductions from members of Enterprise Educators and members of the UCL Community of Practice


10.30am to 11.30am – Why a Community of Practice?

We will share with participants the story behind our community of practice so far, why we have them at UCL, why it looks and feels as it does, our challenges and what is next for us as a community of entrepreneurs of all guises. We’ll also hear from another community of practice based at the University of Edinburgh. We will promote an attendee wide discussion about why your institution needs a community practice.


11.30am – 12.30am –  Who makes up a Community of Practice?

We will promote discussion and share insights into who makes up a community of practice and specifically how we can all mobilise and empower different communities in our institutions.

Lunch and networking – 12.30 – 1.30pm


1.30-2.30pm – How to mobilise a Community of Practice?

We will promote discussion on how you can mobilise a Community of Practice, what are the different areas of your entrepreneurship ecosystem, how do you encourage people to take ownership and what are the kinds of activities that work well in your context?


2.30 – 3.30pm – How to build on emerging opportunities?

We’ll hear back from members of the UCL Community of Practice about their next steps and invite participants to share their key take ways. To close the discussions, we encourage participants to plan ahead in terms how they will build on emerging opportunities.

3.30- 4pm Closing Remarks


EEUK welcome slides

EEUK CoP event Poll Results



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Attendee details

Bookings are closed for this event.