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A review of student enterprise and entrepreneurship at Lancaster University

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

Publication date07/2012
Number of pages136
Awarding Institution
  • University of Coventry
  • Coventry University
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This document is written as a submission for the International Enterprise Educators Programme (IEEP). The IEEP aims to build the knowledge and skills of participants to support them to become effective entrepreneurship educators, to demonstrate their entrepreneurial leadership capacities within the education context, and to help participants become better able to exploit their potential as future leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education (NCEE, 2012). If successful I will be accredited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education, receive a Postgraduate Certificate in teaching and learning validated by the Staff Education Development Agency (SEDA), and become a National Centre for Enterprise Education (NCEE) IEEP Fellow. However, the main reason for writing this document is to pull together my research and learning over the past eighteen months in coordinating and trying to drive forward the enterprise and entrepreneurship education and support agenda at Lancaster University.
It is important to support enterprise and entrepreneurship education for a number of reasons:
• Globalisation and an increasingly complex and uncertain job market means that graduates have to demonstrate their entrepreneurial capacity to stand out from the crowd.
• Universities are increasingly expected to contribute to their local/regional economic and social development which includes increasing knowledge transfer activity and graduate retention.
• To enhance and diversify the teaching and learning experience for students by encouraging the development of innovative ways of teaching and supporting learning.
• Changes in the funding and fees structure for higher education from the state to the individual has put a greater emphasis on students seeking education providers that work proactively to ensure they are better prepared for the world of work.
Enterprise and entrepreneurship is not just about assisting students to start businesses, entrepreneurship is a mindset, a way of thinking; developing ideas, spotting opportunities and taking action.