“Creating independent problem-solvers and natural leaders, enthusiastic about knowledge; making important things happen”. Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor
Enterprise and entrepreneurship education is led by Careers Network at the University of Birmingham through “B-Enterprising”. B-Enterprising binds our curricular, extra curricular and start-up work together, providing a visible and valuable resource that enables students and academics to be enterprising in everything that they do. We also offer courses in entrepreneurship through our Business School and the University leads on small business and ethnic minority entrepreneurship research. Staff and the research community further benefit from the successful Medici Enterprise Training Programme, which provides valuable support to those seeking to develop the commercial potential of their research. BizzInn is the University’s business incubator.
Careers Network work in close partnership with academic colleagues who are embedding enterprise in the curriculum and work with a range of external partners to enrich content and design, so that our students are “future ready”, prepared for the demands and uncertainties of the 21st century. As a civic research-led university established in 1900, we are committed to our region’s renaissance, cultivating global networks that help us transform the world. Innovation is at our core and students are exposed to many opportunities that foster creative problem-solving, leadership and team working through their studies and flagship programmes such as The Birmingham Project, Global Challenge and the Postgraduate Enterprise Summer School. Independent learning and a focus on self-discovery provide our students with the confidence and self-belief to create their own initiatives such as Adopt a Charity, a five day activity where student societies compete to secure funds for their favourite charity, highlighting our students’ passion for doing good through a “can do” mind-set. The breadth of experiences that students acquire at University of Birmingham translate into consistently high employability results (4th in the UK, with 86% of students gaining graduate level employment or further training 6 months after graduating).
Alison Sharp, Assistant Director (innovation), Careers Network firstname.lastname@example.org