Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) visits LSBM

21 Jul 2017

This week LSBM has been pleased to announce a developing series of relationships with exciting local, national and international academic organisations. As part of that process of building wider academic bridges we were pleased to welcome Kate Beresford, Head of Membership and Operations, Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) (pictured) to LSBM this week to talk about some of the great work that they are doing and how we can become more actively involved.

Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) is a national network for enterprise educators which works to support Higher Education institutions to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice.

Kate had been asked to visit by Arif Zaman, Deputy Director, Centre for Research and Enterprise at LSBM, and was talking about many areas of interest to LSBM, ranging from how EEUK supports its members, through to the policy advocacy work they do to serve their members interests.

Kate defined the purpose of Enterprise Educators UK as being;

"To support our members to increase the scale, scope and effectiveness of enterprise and entrepreneurship education within their institutions."

EEUK is a company limited by guarantee (not for profit), where the board of EEUK is comprised of representatives of member organisations who are voted into office by the membership. An active board very much helps to deliver the operational impact of the organisation in collaboration with a lean part-time workforce.

Kate was keen to emphasise that many of the potential benefits of membership will come about from active involvement with the community of members. In many ways, EEUK is a facilitator of communications and engagement between disparate academic communities. They act as a lubricant between member organisations to ensure that communication is encouraged and the right people put in touch with each other.

One of the examples that Kate used was with regard to the process of helping to smooth the process of certain educational visa applications by putting members in touch with counterparts who may be able to help at other institutions.

In addition, as the EEUK runs an annual conference there is an opportunity for research and academic staff to submit papers for consideration (and as a member organisation have a good chance of acceptance); as well as attend many of the regular events that the EEUK runs. This brings with it a great way of developing face-to-face networking opportunities that may not otherwise be available. There is also a small, but significant body of funds that can help to kick start new initiatives and provide a natural framework to act as evidence to other awarding bodies (or host institutions) that a project is worth additional funding.

The main ways that EEUK helps are through supporting members, recognising success and impact, and through influencing policy as follows: 


1/ Supporting Members through:

  • Enterprise Exchange events - members attend free
  • Funding opportunities - £129,000 awarded to members since 2011
  • International Conference (IEEC) - with 28% member discounts
  • Information via monthly newsletter
  • ETC Toolkit and social media 
  • Online vacancy notice board
  • Networking - face to face and through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn


2/ Recognising success and impact

  • Institutional 'enterprise' profiles
  • Impact showcase and member features in the newsletter and on the website
  • Presenting at/hosting Enterprise Exchange events
  • The National Enterprise Educator Awards - Proposing and attending
  • IEEC opportunities to present and host


3/ Influencing Policy

  • Working with the UK Government's Chief Entrepreneurship Advisor, Prof. Tim Dafforn
  • Input to national policy such as the QAA Guidance for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, Lord Young review of enterprise education and APPG on micro-business
  • Input to EU initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework
  • Other international links, for example, UN and China-Britain Business Council


The ETC Toolkit

The ETC Toolkit is an area that could be of particular interest to LSBM.

It contains 227 'how to' guides and case studies that have been contributed by 50 educators from 20 institutions, as well as having links to useful resource materials that have already been developed by EEUK, HEA, NACUE, NCEE and NESTA.

One of the exciting things from an LSBM perspective is that there is a specific section on the toolkit especially for Business, Law and Accounting.

Each of those subject areas then has its own sub-section which explores a wide range of pedagogies for each subject, such as reflecting on values, skills development and self-awareness from a QAA perspective. Along with specific case study examples from engaging alumni, making students more aware of the organisation, and how to go about embedding entrepreneurship into teaching structures.

You can explore some specific ETC Toolkit subjects that mirror the curriculum at LSBM here for example:


Plus, it is important to realise that this is just the tip of the iceberg as to what is on offer!

There are a much wider diversity of subjects covered at the main website here, much of which could be applied in any subject area (particularly with regards to the case studies) with very little change needed.

As with any educational endeavour, a creative and open-minded approach to course building and student development often yields satisfying results, and this great resource is certainly one that all academics would do well to explore in-depth.

 

Thanks

We would like to thank Kate for coming in to give a talk at LSBM about the work of Enterprise Educators UK, and we look forward to building on this great start to our relationship.

You can read the slides from the talk as a PDF here.

You can learn more about Enterprise Educators (UK) on our website here.

 

Stuart Brown
Media and Content Manager

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