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Enterprise through education innovation

Embedded Enterprise & Employability Exchange [register]

Wednesday 13th May, 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.

Since 2013 the Enterprise team have facilitated eight events where academics from across the College divide have been able to share developments in their teaching.  Developments that are leading to advanced subject discipline knowledge and employability related outcomes. At the next event we will be presenting how case studies have developed, lessons learned and opening the floor to a discussion on the localised sharing of pedagogic knowledge – who was the last person you shared a conversation about teaching and learning with?   

Confirmed examples to be presented include:
• Jeremy Hall, Engineering
• Zoe Prytherch, Bioscience
• Natasha Edwards, Computer Science
• Andrew Dodge, Social Sciences

Colleagues from across the institution can expect to:
• Outline 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

12.45 lunch; 13.00 case examples; 14.00 group discussion   


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