Enterprise through education innovation
New: The Embedded Exchange, 4th February 12.30, Council Chamber, Main Building [register]
Embedded Enterprise & Employability Exchange [register]
Wednesday 4th February, 12.30-14.30, Council Chamber, Main Building
The Exchange aims to bring together academics to share knowledge and explore opportunities for advancing teaching in a way that contextualises attribute and skill development for enterprise and employment. For the second installment of the Exchange this academic year, we are focusing on a case example where Dr Annabel Cartwright from the School of Physics & Astronomy will outline a module where students are given differing industry problems and asked to deliver solutions within a strict time constraint. Recognising the importance of a student voice in these discussions, we hope that a student, who has actively participated in the module Synoptic Physics, will be available to discuss their experiences.
Colleagues from across the institution can expect to;
• Recognise new approaches to enterprise and employability education
• Outline ideas for embedded attribute development
• Develop ideas for advancing one’s own teaching for attribute development
• Consider the practical concept of contextualising skills for deeper learning and employability
The event will open with lunch from 12.30 and move into themed discussion groups by 13.00, prior to the introduction of this session’s guest speaker.
Enterprise through education innovation
From the essence of our graduates being able to make ideas happen, Cardiff University Enterprise aim to support the development of contextualised discipline led enterprise related attributes, so that students’ can go on to make a difference. Cardiff University Enterprise offers specialist curriculum development support for the embedding of attributes associated with enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Enterprise has a connection to employability, innovation, commercialisation, knowledge transfer and business start-up and therefore can be considered a graduate attribute. Enterprise can be linked to a range of intellectual, emotional and social skills that allow for the application of creative ideas and innovations. It can include ideas development, taking the initiative, critical thinking, identifying opportunities, innovation, problem solving, making things happen, networking, communication, strategic thinking and decision making. Graduate attributes associated with enterprise link to a learner’s capacity for innovative thinking. Enterprise often involves a sense of ‘practical action’, whereas entrepreneurship is more readily associated with business venture creation.
The strategy adopted by Cardiff University Enterprise is not to bolt-on, but to work with academics to contextualise enterprise for their own discipline. In this way the attributes developed have a relevance to the discipline, can allow for advanced subject understanding and appear to gain strong student feedback.
What support do we offer?
Discipline/enterprise alignment meetings: Future development often starts with discussion on the themes being taught and aligned to the development of graduate attributes through enterprise. Publications and case examples maybe used to facilitate discussion. Meetings may progress to initiate the structuring of new pedagogic interventions and assessment through clear lesson planning.
Embedded Enterprise Exchange: An open peer sharing forum for the discussion of discipline led advancements in pedagogy and assessment. The Exchange may contain internal or external examples outlined by students or staff, provocational discussion groups, development exercises and informal networking [register].
Group based curriculum innovation: Tailored group development opportunities can be delivered using practical examples and exercises that allow for reflection on curriculum development opportunities through enterprise related pedagogic advancement.
Review of Enterprise in Curricula: Detailed educational objectives for enterprise can be used to review a module and aid reflection on the development of graduate attributes. The level of opportunity for enterprise related development can be expressly outlined against QAA (Sept, 2012) benchmarks.
Student feedback: With the aim of future development, student focus groups and a review of reflective work for enterprise capability development can be supported.
- Cardiff University: The Way Forward 2012-2017; Education and Students
- Cardiff University: The Way Forward 2012-2017; Research Innovation and Enterprise
- Young (2014), Enterprise for all: The relevance of enterprise in Education
- APPG for Micro Businesses (2014) An Education System fit for an entrepreneur
- European Commission (2013) Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan
- QAA (2012). Enterprise and entrepreneurship education. Guidance for UK higher education providers
- QAA (2014). Education for sustainable development. Guidance for UK higher education providers
- Wilson, T (2012). A Review of Business–University Collaboration
- European Commission (2013) Entrepreneurship Education: A Guide for Educators
- HEA (2012) Pedagogy for employability
- Welsh Government (2010) Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy: An Action Plan for Wales 2010-15
Case examples of enterprise education
- Cardiff University School of Biosciences
- Cardiff University School of Chemistry
- Cardiff University School of Optometry & Vision Sciences
- Cardiff University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact Cardiff University Enterprise's Neil Coles or Jahanara Begum via telephone 02920781442 or email email@example.com | Cardiff University Enterprise is part of Careers & Employability, Student Support & Wellbeing