University of Liverpool Enterprise School
- University of Liverpool
- North West
- Date first submitted:
- 11 Nov 2010
- Date last modified:
- 12 Nov 2010
- Personal effectiveness
- Research project skills
- Knowledge exchange
- Enterprise-related activities
- Career development
- Postgraduate researchers
- Doctoral researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
The Enterprise School is the centrepiece of the Skills Programme's Enterprise activities. The School is part of the Northern Enterprise Schools Consortium which includes the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Manchester, Leeds, Salford and York.
- To engender practice and skills development opportunities in enterprise related activity including social entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and general entrepreneuralism.
- To enable early career researchers to meet and work alongside emplyers and entrepreneurs
To practice the identification of commercial opportunities useful in both an academic and industrial environment
To practice the identification of social enterprise opportunities
To practice working within the processes of how ideas could be commercialised
To develop team working skills, particularly within a diverse, international and interdisciplinary group
To develop skills as a reflective learner, to enable students to identify personal strengths and to initiate a plan to develop their skills
To practice and develop presentation skills
To improve information gathering skills, identifying what is relevant and what is reliable
Be able to communicate ideas and information to a wider audience
To network with others both in your own and other universities
To understand the wide variety of careers that a PhD student is able to enter
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
For up to 40 participants over four days.
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
Creates a rich, quality laden event that also engages employers and the busines community. Knowledge Exchange, career skills, confidence, networking - many many benefits to all stakeholders and participants.
Logistics, finding the right people to tutor and mentor. 1 or 2 participants find that it is not for them. Another challenge is to maintain contact with all the participants after the event so that the learning does not atrophy.
The Enterprise school has inspired another one to happen at Lancaster.