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Engaging students from non-STEM subjects

  • Dates:
    08 May 2017 12:30 -
    08 May 2017 13:30
  • Location: Online
  • Contact: Emilia Todorova
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About this event

Engaging students and staff from non-STEM and non-business related subjects in enterprise and entrepreneurship has been identified as one of the challenges with which institutions are currently dealing.

The fourth webinar in our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship series will discuss two case studies of engaging students from non-STEM subjects in enterprise and entrepreneurship. The case studies presented will include examples from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities at the University of Glasgow and Newcastle University. The case studies will focus on how students from humanities subjects have engaged in enterprise and entrepreneurship through innovative learning and teaching in both institutions.

Presentation 1: A Creative Enlightenment at the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities, University of Glasgow.

Anna will be discussing how the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities helps to develop the transferable skills of our researchers, preparing them for a variety of careers both within and outside of the academy. In particular, she will highlight the school's unique training programme, A Creative Enlightenment, designed for doctoral researchers in the arts and humanities from across Scotland who are thinking about how they can apply their skills and experience beyond the PhD, particularly in relation to being self-employed or starting a business or social enterprise. The programme incorporates a mix of workshops and talks from industry professionals, looking at all aspects of setting up a business, from starting out to protecting intellectual property, identifying audiences and marketing to them, finding sources of funding and investment, and pitching and presentation skills. The programme aims to strike a balance between focusing on participants' own professional development and bigger picture issues affecting creative and social enterprises in Scotland.

Presentation 2: The Triple E Challenge at Newcastle University

Dawn will be presenting on how Newcastle University engaged a cohort of students from the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics to take part in a School-wide entrepreneurial activity. Within the School, there tends to be low take-up of employability-related activity yet high demand for last minute one-to-one guidance as these students approach graduation. 'Deferred career decision makers', these students often exhibit a lack of confidence and knowledge about their future career options.

The Careers subject team has worked in close partnership with the School to deliver a new innovative initiative, the Triple E Challenge (Employability, Enterprise and English). Compulsory and timetabled, the aim of the event was to get students excited about the value of their degree in an unfamiliar, commercial context and to kick-start the process of career research and decision making.

Dawn will be discussing the challenges and opportunities presented within the School and how the project has helped to encourage students to engage with enterprise, entrepreneurship and career development beyond their studies.

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About the Speakers

Photo of Anna ScottAnna Scott, Knowledge Exchange & Partnership Manager, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH)

Anna Scott is Knowledge Exchange & Partnerships Manager with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), where she works with partners to develop career-focused professional development training for arts and humanities doctoral researchers from 16 universities and art schools in Scotland. Anna manages the SGSAH Doctoral Internship and Artist Residency scheme and A Creative Enlightenment, a unique programme for enterprising researchers in the arts and humanities. Anna has previously worked in corporate communications at the University of Glasgow and King's College London. She has an honours degree in History of Art and English Literature from the University of Glasgow and a master's in Arts and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Before joining the SGSAH in August 2016, Anna worked for Arts & Business Scotland, supporting the arts sector to build skills in fundraising, particularly through private-sector sponsorship.

Photo of Dawn WeatherstonDr Dawn Weatherston, Enterprise Adviser (Education), Newcastle University

Dawn joined the Entrepreneurial Development Unit at Newcastle University in 2013 and leads on the development and delivery of entrepreneurial skills programmes across the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).

Since moving to Newcastle in 2003, she has worked across the universities of the North East managing two regional HEFCE-funded curriculum development projects: the Life, Work Art project and the CETL for Music and Inclusivity. She has lectured on programmes related to Music, Fine Art and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University and at Durham University, where she gained her PhD in Music and Entrepreneurship. 

Dawn works closely with academic and careers staff across all disciplines and programmes in HASS to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship training and development within core programmes and to facilitate extracurricular awareness-raising workshops for students.

Important information

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