University of Exeter

Recognising that being enterprising whilst at University is the driving force for students developing a creative mindset for any workplace, the University of Exeter offers an extensive choice of enterprise activities for students to engage with. These activities are the result of a joint, co-ordinated approach between the Employability and Graduate Development, the Students’ Guild and the Research and Knowledge Transfer departments of the University, and range from receiving business start-up advice and support from our Enterprise Educator and Entrepreneur-in-Residence; taking part in workshops on all aspects of starting and running a business, including compiling a business plan, marketing and intellectual property; entering our Enterprise Idea Competition and participating in interactive Xing competitions. Employability and Graduate Development also invite a diverse range of entrepreneurs to talk through the challenges and successes encountered in setting up their businesses via a series of Entrepreneurial Guest Speaker events.

Student enterprise societies, run through the Students’ Guild, and including Exeter Entrepreneurs and Exeter SIFE, also support students interested in developing their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through activities such as the Rag Traders, the Exeter Apprentice Competition and a range of other projects that create economic opportunities for others and make a difference in the local community.

Professor John Bessant from the University of Exeter’s Business School has established the Innovation Club which is an exciting new opportunity for South West business professionals looking to explore ways they can develop the innovation capacity within their business and link with other focused individuals seeking to do the same.

The Research and Knowledge Transfer department of the University of Exeter provides virtual and hot desk client services as well as office space at the Innovation Centre. Already home to 50 businesses ranging from start-ups to multi-national organisations, it is able to support the growth and development of businesses from formation through to global expansion.

At the University of Exeter Cornwall Campus, the ESF-funded Enterprise Programme has allowed the development of a new masters-level interdisciplinary module in the field of social enterprise with the aim of capturing the rich talent of students with an interest in enterprise that has a social and environmental impact, focused on the Cornish economy and environment. Students studying the Enterprise Programme module will benefit from exposure to cutting-edge interdisciplinary research through the programme’s alignment with the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), a £30m interdisciplinary centre leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change. The module, developed by Dr Jenny Moore

Curriculum Project Coordinator (Social Enterprise), will be embedded in the curriculum, allowing students to gain an understanding of business skills with a social and environmental focus.

Main Contact: Dawn Lees