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Embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship across the institution: The Southampton Solent Model

  • Dates:
    19 May 2017 12:30 -
    19 May 2017 13:00
  • Location: Online
  • Contact: Emilia Todorova
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About this event

Join our fifth webinar on enterprise and entrepreneurship to hear from Caroline Barfoot, Head of Employability and Student Enterprise at Southampton Solent University. Caroline will talk about how enterprise and entrepreneurship has been embedded across the university through the Solent Capital Compass Model of Employability.

Originally developed in 2013 by Rosy Jones and Richard Sant, the Solet Capital Compass Model of Employability has offered a solution for an institution-wide embedding of enterprise and entrepreneurship competences. The model was later used to develop the Employability Self-Evaluation 'test' that students could use to measure their confidence across their human, psychological and social capital. This webinar will explore the Model and the ESE test and show how this has then been used by course teams across the University, with support from Solent Future (Solent's employability and enterprise service), to develop tailored interventions.

This session will be led by Caroline Barfoot, Academic Leader and David Whistance, Employability and Enterprise Programme Adviser, Southampton Solent University.

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About the speakers

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Caroline Barfoot, Head of Employability and Student Enterprise, Southampton Solent University

Caroline Barfoot worked in the creative industries for 20 years before moving into academia. She has experience of working for a media owner, client-side in a marketing department, and for an advertising agency. She also set up her own successful business with two partners, which she sold to a Canadian conglomerate. Caroline started lecturing in Advertising in 2002; since then she has developed specialist knowledge in digital marketing, enterprise education and student employability.

In 2011, Caroline helped to set up Solent Creatives, Southampton Solent University's unique initiative that links their talented creative students with freelancing projects in industry. Solent Creatives has flourished and is now embedded in the curriculum through a series of enterprise options. In 2016, Solent Creatives launched a BA Creative Enterprise (Top-up) and an MA in Creative Enterprise. Caroline's research interests focus on enterprise education and how enterprising behaviours can be fostered among undergraduates to enhance their career prospects. In 2016, Caroline was appointed as Head of Employability and Student Enterprise at Solent. She works with a dedicated team to help students to achieve their ambitions through IAG, workshops, mentoring, work placements, curriculum development, internship schemes, events, Campus Jobs, Solent Graduate Jobs and enterprise support.

David Whistance, Employability and Enterprise Programme Adviser, Southampton Solent University

David Whistance has worked in both the public and private sectors as a careers adviser since 1996. As well as working at Southampton Solent University, he is the owner of Goodwill Guidance which provides counselling, stress management and careers guidance support.

His long-running conviction about the holistic nature of career development motivated David’s decision to also train as a counsellor. He is, consequently, pleased to be part of the ongoing evolution of more holistic approaches to career/employability/enterprise development learning in the HE sector. The Solent Capital Compass is a great example of this approach. It respects traditional career management topics, which he believes still have a vital role to play, but adds to them by recognising key psycho-social factors that are inextricably linked to how we create and walk our career paths.

David is also interested in measuring the impact of helping interventions. For example, he has championed a user-friendly approach to building outcome evaluation into the careers guidance process where people use these measures to support their reflection and action planning.

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