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Enterprise through education innovation

New: The Embedded Exchange, 3rd December 12.45, Council Chamber, Main Building [register]

Embedded Enterprise & Employability Exchange [register]

Wednesday 3rd December | 12.45-14.45 | 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 this next instalment of the Exchange we are focusing in on two case examples where students will be available to outline their own experience of being taught using a modern pedagogic approach.    

Dr Jacqui Mulville and a student from the School of History, Archaeology & Religion will outline a module where students develop personal attributes by communicating heritage to a wide audience.  Again, accompanied by a student, Dr Vincent Knight from the School of Mathematics will offer an insight into the structure and development of a module that advances coding skills and additionally offers a basic insight into innovation and commercial awareness.

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

It is recognised that colleagues from across our institution are developing students capability to make a difference by allowing students to identify opportunities, develop ideas, enhance their critical thinking capabilities and become true problem solvers.  During the second half, comment and discussion of this will be facilitated via a group based discussion.

Future dates: Wednesday 4th February 2015 | 13th May 2015 (same time, same location)   


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.  


Case examples of enterprise education

Contact Cardiff University Enterprise's Neil Coles or Jahanara Begum via telephone 02920781442 or email | Cardiff University Enterprise is part of Careers & Employability, Student Support & Wellbeing