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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

Guidance and best practice for embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship in the curriculum.

Enterprise can be defined as ‘the generation and application of ideas, which are set within practical situations during a project or undertaking... It combines creativity, originality, initiative, idea generation, design thinking, adaptability and reflexivity with problem identification, problem solving, innovation, expression, communication and practical action’ QAA 2018, p.7.*

Entrepreneurship education is defined as ‘the application of enterprise behaviours, attributes and competencies into the creation of cultural, social or economic value. This can, but does not exclusively, lead to venture creation’ QAA 2018, p.7.*

'Approaches to teaching and learning, by their very nature, often encompass entrepreneurial learning. Regardless of whether these are labelled as enterprise and entrepreneurship education, the enhancement of appropriate skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviours necessary for transforming creative ideas into actions are of ever increasing importance.' Advance HE, 2019, p.2.*

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Embedding Enterprise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Project

We will be running an collaborative project with arts, humanities and social sciences faculties and schools to support embedding enterprise in these subjects.

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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework

The framework is centred on the ways in which enterprise and entrepreneurship education can add value to the journey of learner, whether they are interested in starting their own venture or being enterprising when working for someone else in the private, public or voluntary and community sector. There is an evidence base that highlights the value of developing enterprising and entrepreneurial skills in learners, not only in terms of facilitating the creation of new ventures whilst in education, and upon graduation, but also in enhancing their employability.

This framework provides a resource, both to connect the journey of the learner to the role of the educator and in facilitating the education experience. This in turn enables managers with responsibility for processes and practices within the institution that enable the enterprise and entrepreneurship educator to deliver an effective experience to internal and external stakeholders.

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Embedding Enterprise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Project

The Embedding Enterprise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences project is a shared project involving Advance HE, SFEDI, the UK Government-recognised Sector Skills Organisation for enterprise and business support, and higher education providers across the sector.

The project aims to:

  • Understand current levels of enterprise within the curriculum, at a School/Department level, within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Develop a clear image of what embedding enterprise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences looks like
  • Provide and share practical guidance and advice to support colleagues in embedding enterprise within the curriculum
  • Provide a platform to share good practice and navigate challenges in embedding enterprise in the curriculum
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Join the conversation on Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect now has more than 14,000 users that have come together to engage on key HE topics including equality and inclusion, teaching and learning and student success.

The aim of the Employability and Enterprise space is to enable all participants to share, connect, and collaborate with a specific focus on employability and enterprise. Over time this site will host an array of useful resources, research, guidance and case studies linked to employability, enterprise, entrepreneurial education and a variety of thematic areas that transcend this landscape (e.g. authentic assessment, flexible learning, attainment, progression, students as partners etc.). The community is specifically designed to remain flexible, evolving and developing as you help shape the future of the community.

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