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Opportunities and challenges of engaging staff in enterprise and entrepreneurship

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

This webinar will explore the ways that we can engage academic staff members in seeing the value of including enterprise and entrepreneurship education within their teaching and learning processes. The session will look at the opportunities and challenges that exist and how we can tackle them.

Presentation 1: A partnership approach to embedding Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (University of Dundee)

The University of Dundee's 2012 - 2017 strategy set out an aim 'to embed employability and enterprise in mainstream teaching and learning'. Academic leads for this area were appointed in each of the University's nine academic schools, and have worked with colleagues in the Careers & Enterprise Hub, employers, external bodies and more to develop provision that is unique to the needs of their schools and students. In this webinar, the Head of Careers, Employability & Enterprise and academic leads from two different Schools will outline the background to this approach, some of the unique initiatives that have been developed, and the opportunities and challenges that have arisen along the way.

Presentation 2: A case study from Newcastle University (Newcastle University)

Since 2000 Newcastle University has been working to embed enterprise across the curriculum and to offer entrepreneurial development opportunities to all students regardless of discipline. Today, enterprise skills are at the heart of the University's Graduate Skills Framework, against which all taught modules are mapped, and all faculties deliver a variety of credit-bearing enterprise and entrepreneurship education opportunities, each supported by a dedicated Enterprise Adviser and a growing pool of engaged academic staff.

As the University prepares to embark on the implementation of a new Employability and Enterprise Strategy and the training and support of Employability and Enterprise Strategic Leads in each academic school and subject area, we will be discussing the highs and lows of the journey to this point and sharing some of the key learning points along the way.

This session will include presentations by Dr Shona Johnson, Dr Graham Christie and Dr Lissa Monk from the University of Dundee and Gareth Trainer and Dr Dawn Weatherston from Newcastle University.

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About the Speakers

Dr Graham Christie

Dr Graham Christie is an alumnus of the University of Dundee, having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences degree in 1995. Following completion of a PhD at Newcastle University in 1999 he held a number of post-doctoral research scientist positions in both academia and industry. Graham has been a lecturer in Life Sciences since 2005, contributing towards the delivery and assessment of Life Sciences, Medical and Dental undergraduate programmes.  He is currently Programme Lead for years 1 and 2 and until recently was the School lead for Employability and Enterprise.

Dr Shona Johnston

Dr Shona Johnston completed a Chemistry degree and PhD at the University of Glasgow and worked in science communication before deciding to specialise in helping science students to broaden and develop their transferable skills. She has worked in various skills development roles in several universities and the pharmaceutical industry, before being appointed as Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise at the University of Dundee in 2015. She now leads the Careers Service and Centre of Entrepreneurship, which aim to promote and develop employability and enterprise skills for all students, and works closely with staff within the University to embed this approach in the curriculum.

Dr Lissa Monk

Dr Lissa Monk is a senior lecturer in management in the School of Business and is lead for Employability & Enterprise for the School of Social Sciences. Her research interests are in embedding generic and transferable skills into the curriculum, and she has written widely in this area. As module organiser for a number of core modules in the School of Business she has worked closely with colleagues in Careers and Academic Skills to develop these skills.

The interdisciplinary nature of the School of Social Sciences is a challenge when implementing a coherent and consistent approach to employability, but by choosing to embrace where we are similar, rather than concentrating on where we are different, Lissa has facilitated a community of practice, committed to creating innovative student journeys which help develop employability skills wherever possible.

Gareth Trainer

Gareth Trainer joined Newcastle University in 2001, helping to establish the University's enterprise and entrepreneurship support before leading the development of its Graduate Skills Framework. As Assistant Director of the University's Careers Service, Gareth leads on enterprise and entrepreneurship strategy, chairs its Board of Studies, and heads its Enterprise Team, overseeing its 'Rise Up' education and start-up support. Beyond the University, Gareth co-authored the 2012 QAA guidance on enterprise and entrepreneurship education and is a director of Enterprise Educators UK, a Fellow of The RSA and a member of AGCAS. He holds an MBA alongside qualifications in physiology and management coaching. More recently Gareth was instrumental in the development of the University's Employability and Enterprise Strategy, which was named the Best University Employability Strategy at the industry-focused TARGETJobs Awards 2017.

Dr Dawn Weatherston

Dr Dawn Weatherston 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.