New Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest

Written by Kate Beresford


The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) announce partnership to launch new Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest

ISBE and EEUK are leading names in the dissemination and development of Enterprise Education research and practice. Given their shared objectives to support Enterprise Education, both organisations are delighted to announce their partnership to launch a new Research in Enterprise Education Community of Interest (COI).

The COI is intended to explicitly link together the research and practice arms of the EntEd discipline: encouraging and supporting educational practitioners to produce research output; to facilitate the development of potential research projects and partnerships between researchers and practitioners; to host activities where researchers and practitioners exchange expert knowledge; to act as an expert group to inform policy responses and calls for evidence.

The ISBE Enterprise Education track is one of the most consistently vibrant at the ISBE conference measured by submissions and attendance at track presentation sessions. EEUK also hold an annual conference (IEEC) with 300-400 attendees each year and host a series of enterprise and entrepreneurship education events and workshops throughout the year. EEUK events currently have a practical focus whereas the ISBE conference track is primarily research focused with practice/policy linkages. The first event for members of the COI and others with an interest in this area is at Coventry on April 17th. Find details and register here.

The COI will be jointly chaired by ISBE’s VP Education & Practitioner Learning, Dr Kelly Smith of Coventry University and an EEUK Director, Dr Emily Beaumont of Plymouth Marjon University.

Dr Smith comments, ‘We are very excited to launch the new COI. In our first year, activity will concentrate on the delivery of at least one workshop for those new or relatively new to research’.

Dr Beaumont adds, ‘The COI will support and bring through the next generation of EntEd leaders from both the researcher and practitioner communities. It will provide a forum for co-development of research projects exploring practice outcomes, and to promote research-informed practice. The first workshop, organised as part of EEUK’s series of events, is expected to explore the process of submission to conference and journals’.

Membership of the COI is open to all those with an interest in Enterprise Education. For more details, please click here.