This award is the only sector-wide recognition equally available to all those working as enterprise educators. By creating an award that recognises the contribution of all the roles that support the development of entrepreneurial outcomes in others, the EEUK Fellowship provides recognition for personal professional achievement.

The EEUK Fellowship can only be bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate their professional practice through successful completion of a written portfolio. By choosing the professional pathway that best reflects your professional background (as either an academic, a practitioner or an influencer) you are required to demonstrate competence through four written pieces that:

  1. Make the case for your role by evidencing your understanding of institutional direction, as well as relevant policy and guidance
  2. Attest to your competences as an enterprise educator (through your chosen professional pathway) by contributing to the ETCToolkit www.etctoolkit.org.uk with either case example or how to guide, and further illuminate your professional approach through self-statements of competence
  3. Evaluate your professional practice through feedback and reflection within a personal statement
  4. Reflect upon your practice to create an action plan.

Successful submission of your completed written portfolio, attesting to the competence criteria of one of the three professional pathways (academic, practitioner or influencer) will provide you with individual recognition of professional achievement: the award of EEUK Fellowship.

How to register

Advanced Routes: F2EEUK and F3EEUK

After achieving your FEEUK status, you are then eligible to apply to gain F2EEUK or even F3EEUK.

This unique status is only awarded to EEUK Fellows (FEEUK) who have successfully demonstrated their professional competence in a second EEUK Fellowship pathway (F2EEUK) or even a third EEUK Fellowship pathway (F3EEUK). The guidance and expectations of any new pathway submission will to the same standard as EEUK Fellowship (4 sections and new ETCToolkit submission) allowing for an entirely new reflection on your approach to the professional competences of this 2nd or 3rd pathway.

Apply for Advanced Routes

If you wish to be considered for an additional pathway, you will be invited to evidence your competence against the requirements of this second (F2EEUK) or ultimately, the third (F3EEUK) pathway.

If you wish to discuss this further, email Fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk to discuss if you are eligible to apply for this additional recognition.

Why become a Fellow

EEUK Fellowship is your opportunity to gain public profile and acknowledgment for your professional practice. It provides national recognition for your existing practice and provides a unique community of individuals who have obtained the EEUK Fellowship.

Personal Benefits

Gaining personal Fellowship of Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) to:

  • Gain recognition of your professional background and experience
  • Obtain national recognition for your existing approach and professional practice
  • Evidence your skills and background as a reflective practitioner
  • Obtain national status for work already undertaken
  • Achieve professional recognition for your work as an Enterprise Educator through the confirmation of the title “Fellow of EEUK“

I would feel very proud to be a Fellow of EEUK. I believe in EEUK and what it does, so having their professional endorsement would be great.

Organisational Benefits

The development of this individual award for enterprise educators supports the sector to continue to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice. Show your institutional commitment to the enterprise and entrepreneurship agenda by supporting your staff to gain national recognition. Supporting staff to complete the award will:

  • Demonstrate your institutional commitment to this important national agenda to students, staff and key stakeholders
  • Recognise the value of all those staff who are delivering effective enterprise education across your institution
  • Add value and national recognition to your university wide enterprise/entrepreneurship activities
  • Enhance the wide-ranging work of your enterprise educators, by supporting their ongoing staff development and advancement
  • Demonstrate the importance of the different roles that create effective enterprise education, through one national route to recognition

Want to become a Fellow?

You can apply for EEUK Fellowship through three different pathway routes, which all lead to the same award: The EEUK Fellowship. These three different routes have been identified to help you showcase your professional background as an enterprise educator. We recognise your approach may be based within:

  • The traditions of teaching your discipline or subject area (as an academic)
  • Experience and practice of working outside the curricula (as a practitioner) to deliver entrepreneurial outcomes, or
  • Working across your institution and/or within your wider (business/local) community (as an influencer).

What background or qualifications are required for consideration to join the Fellowship of EEUK?

If you are working to support entrepreneurial outcomes in staff, students or learners (typically working in post-compulsory/adult education or Further and Higher Education) you are likely to consider yourself as an “enterprise educator”. EEUK recognises the wide range of backgrounds and experience that make you suitable for the challenges of working in this sector and therefore there are no set academic or professional prerequisites to your application.

In seeking recognition for your professional practice, you will complete an EEUK template, which requires you to:

  1. Make the case for your role by evidencing your understanding of institutional direction, as well as relevant policy and guidance
  2. Attest to your professional competence through your professional pathway, as evidenced by ETCToolkit guide or case example (www.etctoolkit.org.uk) and written statement
  3. Providing a reflective statement about your practice as an enterprise educator, including critique and evaluation of your work
  4. Outline an action plan which will demonstrate your commitment to enhancing your knowledge and understanding.

Your submission will also need to be confirmed by supporting letter from your institution, colleagues or clients. Please see the following Guidance.

You may find our webinar (first 20 mins) and interview with EEUK Fellow Amanda Brooks (Lancaster) helpful as you prepare for EEUK Fellowship. Click here for the webinar.

Which pathway should I use to apply for my Fellowship?

You are invited to choose one of these three professional pathways to demonstrate your professional competence as an enterprise educator. These have been classified by EEUK as: 1. Academic, 2. Practitioner, 3. Influencer

Please use the table below to help determine the most appropriate pathway for your application.

If you consider your background in enterprise education to be primarily gained through:

Then select this pathway as the most appropriate way to evidence your experience:

(Indicative roles or job titles, as outlined below)

Fellowship Pathway
You will be specifically exploring competences around your professional pathway around the following IOEE standard:

Academic Teaching or Faculty Roles


Academic or faculty staff

Teaching Assistant

Educational / curriculum



Planning and delivering effective enterprise /entrepreneurship curricula

Extra curricula roles (delivering non-assessed inputs & activities)

Careers Advisors

Enactus Mentors

Technology Transfer Officers

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Placement Managers

Start-up advisors

Business Development Managers


Motivate and inspire learners in developing enterprising and entrepreneurial mindset, behaviours and skills

Managing /securing entrepreneurial outcomes (through others)

Enterprise Centre Management

Careers Service Management

Technology Transfer Managers

Incubator managers

Responsible for KTPs/projects


Build collaborative relationships with learners, educators and other stakeholders

Summary of Fellowships

Fellowship (as either Academic, Practitioner or Influencer)
Achieving successful completion of two pathways
Successful competition of all three pathways

How much does it cost?

The Fellowship award is offered by EEUK with a single one-off payment for the assessment of your portfolio.

Upon successful completion of your portfolio you will be awarded with your Fellowship, evidenced by an EEUK certificate and on the Fellowship website.

Please note that applications will not be marked until receipt of full payment or a signed Purchase Order from your institution. This must be paid at the time of (or in advance of) the online submission, or your application will not be reviewed.

No additional payments to retain your Fellowship in future years will be required. This fee is a one-off payment for assessment. It includes, should this be required, a 3-month period of resubmission working with the clear written feedback from the assessment panel.

(Any further time/submission support or guidance required beyond the 3-month deadline will be advised upon individually and will invoke a full submission cost for the year it is resubmitted.).

The cost for EEUK members is £325 and is payable upon submission of your personal portfolio for assessment.

Non EEUK members are required to pay a one-off fee of £400.

Interested in finding out more?

EEUK invite you to register your interest in gaining recognition for your experience and professional practice through the award of EEUK Fellowship.

We invite applications throughout the year, but applications will be assessed within clearly defined submission cycles – with receipt of your full submission and payment by 15th Feb or 15th June. Please register your interest to gain the latest details on timescales, requirements and cost.

Register your interest

Interested in becoming an assessor?

EEUK recruits assessors through an application process. Please find details in the following documents:

Assessor Role Requirements – Nov 2018
Assessor Role Application Form – Nov 2018

Register your Expression of Interest

Thank you for your interest in the EEUK Fellowship award.

To register your interest, please complete the form below to gain regular updates (including dates of the next available cohort/submission) and receive the template detailing how to apply for your chosen professional pathway (academic, practitioner or influencer).

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  • Which level of Fellowship are you applying for?

  • Having read the guidance state your preferred FEEUK pathway

    Please select one

  • In completing this form, you will receive further information on the Fellowship pathway you have selected from EEUK. Please see our terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

To assist you as you consider your application to become an EEUK Fellow, we have provided answers to “frequently asked questions” below. Please look
through these and if you have any specific inquiries that are not addressed below, then please email fellowship@email.ac.uk

Fellowship Questions

EEUK Fellowship is the national award given to individuals working as enterprise educators (whether as an academic or Faculty staff, practitioner or champion working to support extra-curricular activities, or as an influencer or manager, working to manage the development of entrepreneurial outcomes by working with others) in recognition of their professional practice. Obtaining the EEUK Fellowship demonstrates your personal commitment to supporting entrepreneurial outcomes in others and provides national recognition for your professional achievements. It is bestowed by EEUK to those individuals that can attest sufficient professional competence within their written portfolio.

Our purpose is to enable excellence in enterprise education. We achieve this by connecting educators and practitioners so they learn from each other and are inspired to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of their enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice. Through consultation with our membership, we understand the need for sector wide recognition that acknowledges the variety of backgrounds and expertise that work to create entrepreneurial outcomes in others.

Further information can be found here.

If you work at an EEUK member institution/organisation, supporting entrepreneurial outcomes in others, you are invited to evidence your professional background and apply to become a Fellow of Enterprise Educators.

If you are not a member of EEUK, you are welcome to apply but will be required to pay the higher fee for non-members.

If you are not working within the UK, you are welcome to apply but must submit your written portfolio in English or Welsh.

You will find the latest information on EEUK institutional membership here

There are clear individual and organisational benefits in gaining personal recognition for your professional practice and joining the EEUK Fellowship. These are detailed here.
By joining Enterprise Educators UK as a Fellow, you will be able to showcase your achievement by putting letters after your name that indicate that you have submitted and achieved EEUK Fellowship status.

EEUK Fellowship is bestowed upon individuals that have successfully completed a written portfolio.

There are 6 steps to successful submission:

  1. Ensure that you understand the requirements and/or by reading through these FAQs in order to select your preferred professional pathway to Fellowship as either academic, practitioner, or influencer.
  2. Complete the online form to express your interest. You will then become registered as an applicant and will be provided with your pathway templates, guidance for shaping your application and be advised of latest cohort timescales and (typically 3-month cycle from application – submission).
  3. Reflect upon your practice and draw upon references and feedback to complete all 5 sections of your written reflective submission using the template provided and the ETCToolkit template for either a case study or a how to guide www.etctoolkit.org.uk
  4. Identify an appropriate employer/client to provide your personal letter of support on headed note paper (see Guidance).
  5. Identify how you will pay for your application to be processed when you upload your final completed documents.
  6. Submit your application by uploading to the Fellowship site using your personal log in.

Fellowships are awarded following successful submission of a written portfolio, uploaded through the EEUK Fellowship site and assessed by EEUK. All portfolios must be submitted in English and include supporting letter(s) (from employer or similar).

The written portfolios will seek to:

  • Showcase your performance as underpinned by knowledge, understanding and educator values
  • Demonstrate your competence within professional pathway
  • Shares practice across the EEUK community through a contribution to the ETC toolkit
  • Reflect upon and evaluate your professional practice and values
  • Create a personal action plan for future development through 4 written elements which require you to:
  1. Make the case for your role as an enterprise educator
  2. Attest to your professional competence through your professional pathway, as evidenced by ETCToolkit guide or case example (www.etctoolkit.org.uk) and a written statement which indicates how you meet all the competence criteria
  3. Providing a reflective statement about your practice as an enterprise educator, including critique and evaluation of your work
  4. Outline an action plan which will demonstrate your commitment to enhancing your knowledge and understanding

You will have been working to submit 3 documents as your Fellowship submission. These are:

  1. EEUK Fellowship submission template (completed by you, evidencing your competences in your chosen professional pathway)
  2. Your completed ETCToolkit template (submitted, in part, evidence of your professional competence for your pathway – section 2) using either the case study (what you did) template OR the “how to guide” template (how to undertake a teaching technique or activity)
  3. A letter of support from your employer/client or similar (see Guidance)

There are three options for you to choose from, which are outlined here.

If you are unclear as to which submission pathway will suit you best, then please consult the IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise Educators (2016) http://ioee.uk/national-enterprise-standards/ for more detail.
You are looking for the pathway which best matches your personal background and experience as an Enterprise Educator (note that this might not be your current role, but the most appropriate description of your wider background as an enterprise educator).

Should you require further assistance then you can email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk to arrange a discussion.

Your choice of pathway route to Fellowship is designed to help you best evidence your professional background. It is suggested that you will draw upon the pathway that is closest to your professional background and experience.

Once you have completed a successful Fellowship submission, EEUK will bestow the Fellowship. This is awarded at the level of Fellowship, irrespective of the pathway route to application. All those who gain Fellowship will be able to use the title “Fellow of EEUK” after their name.

If you are working to support entrepreneurial outcomes in staff, students or learners, you are likely to consider yourself as an enterprise educator. EEUK recognises a wide range of roles and job titles, which are classified within the Fellowship application process and invites applications through one of the following pathways:

  • Academic
  • Practitioner
  • Influencer

If you are working to support entrepreneurial outcomes in staff, students or learners (typically working in post-compulsory/adult education or Further and Higher Education) you are likely to consider yourself as an “enterprise educator”. EEUK recognises the wide range of backgrounds and experience that make you suitable for the challenges of working in this sector and therefore there are no set academic or professional prerequisites to your application.

If you are unclear as to whether you have sufficient experience as an enterprise educator to apply, you can email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk outlining your background and seeking guidance.

All submissions are assessed by EEUK and will be seeking evidence of your work as a professional enterprise educator within the professional competence in the pathway you have selected. Your portfolio will be assessed within the 4 sections as to whether you have provided evidence at one of four levels. These levels are assessed as showing:

  • no demonstration of your competence within your written text (not evidenced) or
  • minimal demonstration (“novice”) or
  • have demonstrated competence, or
  • clearly demonstrated your competence in this area.

These categories will help form the written feedback you will receive when your portfolio is assessed.

You will be provided with the outline marking scheme for your pathway when you register your interest to apply. This will detail the specific competences that are must be demonstrated within your pathway (based upon EEUK Fellowship mapping to the IOEE National Occupational Standards).

Competence can be demonstrated through evidence of reading, reflection upon your professional development (such attendance at key events and interest in latest thinking) and by outlining your practice within the ETCToolkit template. Within the submission template, you will attest to your competence in your professional pathway through self-statement (using competence statement methods such as the STAR or CAR https://www.gov.uk/guidance/a-brief-guide-to-competencies) and by evaluating your professional approach using models that support reflective practice and demonstrate your values.

Once you have registered you will receive detailed information on the requirements within each of the submission sections. You will have guidance on how to present your work explaining that you are creating a self-statement to attest to specific competences for your professional pathway. You will be drawing upon your professional practice (including wider reading, professional or subject background and the ETCToolkit templates to do this. It is also expected that you use a reflective tool to attest to your competence, such as the CAR or STAR methods such as those detailed within the UK government guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/a-brief-guide-to-competencies

The portfolio is a written reflective piece that seeks to consolidate your professional practice by evidencing your competence as an enterprise educator.

You can write this in the first person as you will be explaining your approach to your role and your interaction with others to deliver your intended outcomes/activities.

You will also be expected to draw upon appropriate supporting materials such as policy documents and/or institutional strategy (such as relevant documentations that you will find within the EEUK publication library and these must be fully referenced.

As part of your submission, you are required (within Section 2) to evidence your competence through the creation of a “how to” guide, or case study example and written self-statement of competence. The ETCToolkit has been specifically selected to become part of the EEUK Fellowship to help you demonstrate your professional competences. Having chosen your particular pathway to Fellowship you will find that the ETCToolkit provides a structure for you to outline some/all of these competences, creating a guide/case that will then form part of the publicly available ETCToolkit library of materials. You will find examples of approaches within the resource library website itself and are required to use one of the templates provided in your registration and log in email or that can be found here:

EEUK is the national curator of the ETCToolkit which was developed by University of South Wales through HEFCW funding.

You are only required to upload your ETCToolkit template but may wish to provide images or resources for publication on site at www.etctoolkit.org.uk when your material is shared.  These files can be uploaded along with your toolkit using the online submission form. If you have any issues with this upload process please email these directly to Fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk stating your name and what the resources are.

Your EEUK Fellowship is designed to draw out your professional competence so if you have already made a contribution to the ETCToolkit that demonstrates the competences in your professional pathway, then please resubmit this (or cut and paste direct from the ETCToolkit itself) and save as a separate document to form part of your 3 submission documents.

Please check that you are happy that this example demonstrates the competences for your pathway and it is your own work. You will be using this pre-existing contribution as part of your self-statement (section 2) and will still need to attest to any competences not indicated in your ETCToolkit submission.  These can be explained in short statements of competence (using methods such as CAR or STAR) to ensure that all your required professional competences are demonstrated for your pathway.

Within your written submission, you are invited to reflect upon your professional practice in order to demonstrate your professional competence. This may include staff development such as attendance at and learning gained from annual conferences or through professional networks such EEUK, within your own subject area, or at major national conferences such as IEEC International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference www.ieec.co.uk

You are likely to draw upon recent policy or guidance and may also wish to consult the EEUK publications list to support your submission  such as QAA (2018) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Guidance for Higher Education Providers which has been adopted by EEUK as its core reference document.

It is an expectation of your reflective portfolio that you will be providing a bibliography and evidencing your approach with references to reports, policy and national, subject or professional guidance. Your reflection will be informed by your wider reading and you are required to reference these throughout your written submission. These are included in the word count when included as direct references within any of the sections 1-4.

It is likely that you will want to refer to your institutional documents (particularly where they apply to enterprise and entrepreneurship or wider institutional direction) as well as recent nation state, UK or European policy documents and would seek to include these within the text as direct references (with any relevant page numbers) and also within your bibliography at the end.

The Harvard System of referencing would be expected however any consistent method will be accepted (please seek guidance from your institution/library or staff development team for further details on referencing).

There are specific (upper) word limits on each section of the written submission. This is to allow each applicant, from any pathway, to be assessed equally. Submissions that exceed these stated limits will not be included in the assessment. Please ensure that you have adhered to the word count for each section of your final submission. These are clearly stated on your Fellowship template and vary between each section.

You are invited to include your full bibliography at the end of the document. This bibliography section has no upper limits on word count. You will also want to make direct reference to documents within the sections 1-4 (where appropriate) of your portfolio. These references will form part of the word count of that particular section (1-4). Please check the upper word limits for each of these sections as they vary between sections.

You are being asked to write a submission that evidences your practice against the criteria set within your chosen pathway.  You will have been provided with the marking scheme for your pathway and will see that the marking will assess whether you have demonstrated the competences.  Each criterion is assessed within the marking scheme to determine whether you have demonstrated sufficient competence. The assessors will be looking for clear demonstration of competence in each of all 4 sections against your pathway criteria (see your pathway marking scheme).  You must complete and pass each section. To pass each section, you must demonstrate competence in at least 2/3rd of the stated criteria for each section.

You are required to demonstrate your competence against each of the criteria, in all 4 sections, showing clear evidence of your professional competence as an enterprise educator and within your chosen pathway (through your ETC submission and written statement within section 2).  Failure to demonstrate competence in any one of the sections will result in a resubmission. A request for resubmission will be supported by written feedback from the assessors and must be completed within 3 months. You need only resubmit the specific sections, and provide a statement indicating the changes made/how you have addressed the assessors’ comments.

You may be invited to amend your submission should the moderators feel that more evidence or clarity is required before an award can be given. The amends required will be provided in writing and you will be given a specific time frame to address these satisfactorily in order to reach the standard of Fellowship.

The EEUK Fellowship is designed to:

  • Showcase an enterprise educator’s performance as underpinned by knowledge, understanding and educator values
  • Ensure reflection upon and evaluation of professional practice
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through the creation of a personal development action plan

EEUK have created a national award that is built upon the competences for an enterprise educator that have been outlined as the IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise Educators (2016).

These IOEE descriptors for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Educators indicate what an individual need to do, know and understand to carry out their job role competence. The EEUK Fellowship award is aligned to these IOEE National Occupational Standards through the identification of one of three professional pathways and creation of a reflective portfolio as the self-statement of competence.

Enterprise Educators UK has adopted the following: QAA Guidance on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2018) for Higher Education Providers.

The UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications of the underpinning knowledge and understanding.   They are statements of effective performance which have been agreed by a representative sample of employers and other key stakeholders and approved by the UK NOS Panel.

These NOS describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or role to a nationally recognised level of competence. Each NOS contains an agreed set of knowledge and understanding and performance criteria that must be met before someone can be deemed competent. They describe the minimum standard to which an individual is expected to work in a given occupation. They focus on what the person needs to be able to do, as well as what they must know and understand to work effectively. They cover the key activities undertaken within the occupation in question under all the circumstances the job holder is likely to encounter. (Definition supported by UK Commission for Employment and Skills).

EEUK has aligned its Fellowship to the NOS for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Educators, but does not require that all the NOS competences within this standard are demonstrated.  EEUK has used this standard to indicate pathways to Fellowship and shape its reflective submission.

With ambitions to support and drive change across the sector, Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) has a clear purpose is to “enable excellence in enterprise education” and support the needs of our members as they undertake a variety of roles as enterprise educators.

EEUK recognises the significant shifts in the organisational landscape that have impacted on the availability of support, structured staff development options and recognition for members and all those working to create entrepreneurial outcomes in others and as a result of this and ongoing survey work of EEUK members, EEUK recognised the need to create national accreditation scheme for those working across the sector as “enterprise educators”.

Consultation with our members over several years has indicated the need for additional professional recognition and this EEUK Fellowship is designed to address these needs and respond to sector demands.

The National Occupational Standards are the UK standard of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.
The IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise Educators (2016) are organised into units of competences which are separated out into elements that have associated performance criteria as well as knowledge and understanding. The NOS is a UK standard of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.
Enterprise Educators UK has created a unique professional recognition by drawing upon these national standards to identify 3 professional pathways to EEUK Fellowship.

The IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise Educators (2016) http://ioee.uk/national-enterprise-standards/  indicates four key areas which create the standard.  Each of these key areas has associated key functions.

IOEE NOS Key Area Function
A Plan and deliver effective enterprise and entrepreneurship education curricula A1-A8
B Build collaborative relationships with learners, educators and other stakeholders B1-B6
C Motivate and inspire learners to inspire to promote enterprising and entrepreneurial mindsets, behaviours and skills C1- C4
D Reflect on their own practice as an enterprise and entrepreneurship educator D1-D3

Each of these Key Functions is made up of specific knowledge and skills that evidence competence.  Collectively the IOEE standard for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Educators is created from 192 performance criteria, that are established by 379 statements of knowledge and understanding, listed within 57 headings.

EEUK has used these standards to create 3 professional pathways (A, B and C) from the IOEE Key Areas.  EEUK award Fellowship upon successful completion of written documentation that evidences the competences within (D) Reflection on practice focused upon 1 of these pathways.

Route to Award of EEUK Fellowship


Reflect on our Practice as an enterprise and entrepreneurship educator

IOEE Key Areas A

Plan and deliver effective enterprise & entrepreneurship curricula


Build collaborative relationships with learners, educators and other stakeholders


Motivate and inspire learners in developing enterprising and entrepreneurial mindsets, behaviours and skills

Routes to application Academic


(Faculty staff)


Manage and Deliver

(Staff with responsibilities – line management; working with externals)


Extra Curricula

(Staff delivering unassessed outcomes – starts etc)

EEUK recognises that most enterprise educators are working in teams and/or draw widely from other disciplines to create the best outcomes for their students.  If you think that your ETCToolkit guide/case or the examples you are referencing are inspired by others, or an output from a team, then you are probably right!  It is true to say that most of us are “standing on the shoulders of giants” to deliver, so reference this clearly within your submission (authors, citations, and colleagues that support you) as your reflections and your own learning from this shared practice is what will evidence your own competency within the submission.  Make sure you include references in your bibliography.

Enterprise Education Questions

EEUK has adopted QAA (2018) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers. Within this guidance, you will find the definitions for enterprise and entrepreneurship provided on page 7 with a wider discussion of other key terms on pages 8, 9 and 10.

EEUK also recognises that institutions and subject disciplines draw upon their own history and academic base to inform their approach and welcomes this discussion as part of any Fellowship submission.

Enterprise Educators UK has a clear purpose: to enable excellence in enterprise education.

We achieve this by connecting educators and practitioners, so they learn from each other and are inspired to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of their enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice.

We enable our members to share and exchange good practice. To achieve this we provide research funding, bursaries, practical resources, tools and techniques. Our members and extended global network connect and share practice through our international conference (IEEC www.ieec.co.uk), Enterprise Exchange events, webinars, ETC Toolkit and forum.

Celebrating the impact of enterprise education is also important and is achieved through the National Enterprise Educator Awards and our Impact Showcase.

EEUK uses “enterprise educator” as the umbrella term for all those working in support of entrepreneurial outcomes in learners. EEUK understands the breadth of role and requirements asked of its members and those working in the sector, recognising that an enterprise educator typically:

  • has developed expertise from a variety of academic and/or professional backgrounds that form their routes to appointment (through a wide range of professions /specialisms and academic subject/disciplines including careers; business start-up; industry etc)
  • works within a diverse and complex landscape (such as working across Education and Business; within communities and/or designated economic areas; in developing entrepreneurship eco-systems; with a wide range of diverse stakeholders; to create culture change at institutional, regional or national level)
  • draws upon a broad, and often bespoke, skill set to deliver enterprise and entrepreneurship education effectively.

Enterprise Educators UK recognises the breath of backgrounds and experience of those working to support entrepreneurial outcomes in others and has created three pathways for application for the Fellowship in support of this.

The wide-ranging roles, responsibilities and attributes of an Enterprise Educator are described within QAA (2018) Guidance for Higher Education on page 11 and in detail, within the IOEE National Occupational Standard for Enterprise Educators (2016)

Drawing upon both the QAA (2018) and the IOEE definition (2016:22) a broad understanding of this role is accepted within Fellowship. However unlike the IOEE definition (which states: An enterprise and entrepreneurship educator can be defined as IOEE as someone who works to “to develop and deliver effective enterprise and entrepreneurship education that adds value to the journey of the learner” (p22) EEUK does not recognise an educator as necessarily delivering outcomes that are support both enterprise AND entrepreneurship. EEUK recognises that educators may prefer to define themselves as being either an entrepreneurship or enterprise educator. EEUK has created 3 professional pathways within the EEUK Fellowship in recognition of this distinction.

The EEUK Fellowship is unique in that it recognises the contributions made by all those working to support entrepreneurial outcomes in others.  EEUK Fellowship can be achieved through 3 different routes (professional pathways of academic/practitioner/influencer).  This results in one award which indicates that the individual has demonstrated sufficient professional competence and undertaken reflection to be awarded the Fellowship by EEUK.

Other disciplines and sectors provide recognition which all contribute to the professional practice of the individual and EEUK wishes the Fellowship to become part of the professional practice of those who work in the diverse roles that can be described as “enterprise educators”.

For the purposes of the EEUK Fellowship, we expect that you would draw upon your professional background or discipline as well as appropriate standards, such as the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support.

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In recognition of service to EEUK itself, Enterprise Educators UK has created the position of ‘Honorary Fellow’. The award of Honorary Fellow is to mark the contribution of former Board members who (at the discretion of the Board) have been acknowledged for their contribution having served as EEUK Directors for at least three years (two of which must have been as a member of the Executive Committee). This small group of Honorary Fellows are celebrated here.

EEUK only awards EEUK Fellowship upon individual enterprise educators who apply through the submission of a written portfolio and are then deemed to have successfully demonstrated their competence through an acknowledged pathway. This alone will merit the unique title of EEUK Fellowship being bestowed upon them individually for use with title/name in a professional setting.

Submission and Payment Questions

These can be re-set automatically. Please follow these instructions provided on the login page.

Please note that you can reset your password using your email address (and EEUK have no access to this information). If this does not work, please check that you are using the email address that you registered with, or if necessary, start your registration again using a new email address.

Once you have registered, you will be provided with your personal log in details, as well as information on timescales for submission. You will also receive the EEUK template which should be downloaded. Save this document on your own computer to allow you to keep adding text within each of the 4 sections. Once you have completed this, and obtained your letter of support, you are required to pay the assessment fee in order to upload the final version of your portfolio for assessment by EEUK.

You will be uploading three documents:

  • your completed EEUK template
  • one completed ETCToolkit template
  • your letter of support, written by your line manager/strategic leader (or similar)

Your written portfolio will not be sent to assessors without payment.

Once you have registered your interest, you will be asked to indicate your preferred payment method and must provide payment for your portfolio to be assessed (see Terms and Conditions).

You will be issued with key dates for your cohort cycle as you register your interest in gaining Fellowship status.

Once you have completed your submission, you have joined a particular assessment cycle. The deadlines for these are currently: 14th February and 14th June. This is the deadline by which EEUK must receive your submission documents and your full payment in order to be considered within the next assessment period. EEUK will seek to assess your submission and advise you within 2 months of this submission deadline, but please check your confirmation email for the latest details.

If you have uploaded your portfolio successfully, you will receive an automatic email confirming that it has been received. If you don’t receive this, please first check your spam folder for the email, otherwise ensure that you have saved your submission onto your own desktop/drive and email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk

If you have not demonstrated sufficient competence within your written submission, you will receive written feedback regarding your submission. This feedback will indicate the areas that need to evidenced in more detail and outline the competence areas that need to be revised for resubmission. You will have three months to resubmit your amended portfolio, together with a statement that outlines how these areas have been addressed.

Should you require additional support (beyond the written feedback provided) to complete within the 3-month period, EEUK can provide additional guidance and support/mentoring at additional cost. This can be explored on an individual basis if required.

If you are unable to address the concerns stated in your written feedback within this three-month period, you will no longer be eligible and would need to resubmit within a new submission cycle. This triggers a new requirement for payment and the submission would be assessed in full. This would no longer be treated as resubmission and would no longer require the additional statement.

Once you have received your written feedback, you can request to receive more personalised support and/or be directed to appropriate sources of professional development. This additional support and guidance may incur additional costs for you as an applicant.  These will be advised in writing in advance.

If you have any concerns with the EEUK Fellowship application process, you are invited in the first instance to email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk outlining the situation.

If you are unhappy with the response, or wish to explore this further, you may contact the EEUK Director with responsibility for quality assurance for the Fellowship (www.enterprise.ac.uk)

If you wish to appeal the assessment decision you will need to outline your concerns/state for your case in writing for consideration at the next EEUK Board meeting.

Your submission will have been marked and moderated before you are provided with written feedback.  You are entitled to appeal the decision of the assessors.  This will be reviewed in the first instance by the programme manager/EEUK Director responsible for the Fellowship and if necessary, can be taken to the EEUK board for review.  If you wish to follow this process, then please email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk to arrange to speak to someone about this matter, in confidence.

To ask any other questions, please email fellowship@enterprise.ac.uk

If you have been approached to support an individual application to become a Fellow of EEUK, you are likely to have been asked as you are either the applicant’s line manager or responsible for their staff development or personal development (as a team/centre leader or through HR responsibilities).

The applicant will share with their short action plan (section 4) which will outline their staff development goals using SMART objectives. You are invited to read this (and discuss/amend as appropriate) and provide a letter of support regarding this Action Plan for inclusion as part of their submission. Please, where possible:

  • use headed/institutional letter head
  • indicate your role/relationship to the applicant
  • sign the letter

You may find the Guidance provided helpful.

In the unusual situation that if you don’t have anyone who is responsible for line management or staff development, you may provide a letter of support from a colleague or junior team member to confirm your commitment to your action plan (Section 4) or if you are self-employed, or a sole trader, please submit a letter from an EEUK member/client or similar who can confirm your commitment to the sector/agenda, using the general guidance (institutional letter head/indicate relationship to applicant and sign letter).

Yes, your assessors expect text within the EEUK templates and reserve the right to ask you to resubmit in the format requested.  This can also include seeking amends where the CAR/STAR guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/a-brief-guide-to-competencies has not been used.

There is a self-assessment checklist you can use. 

Run through these once you have completed your submission or ask a friend to see if they can see where you have answered these points.

F2EEUK and F3EEUK Pathways

It is possible, once EEUK Fellowship has been successfully awarded, to gain further recognition of your professional competences.  Many enterprise educators work across a range of professional pathways and/or experience changes in job roles that require them to demonstrate different competences as an enterprise educator.  If this is your experience, you may wish to consider undertaking a second pathway (or ultimately all three) to showcase the full range of your competence.

EEUK recommends that you discuss whether the timing is right for you to resubmit, as each of the 4 sections must be resubmitted to be considered for this award and pre-existing text/submissions is not transferable.