The Propeller team helps staff, students and alumni to get ‘enterprise-ready’. On a micro-scale, this involves understanding how different areas of a business affect each other. At a higher level, being enterprise-ready means being able to see the impact that outside influences may have on a business and being able to adapt to changing circumstances or new opportunities.
Supporting enterprise in the curriculum
The Propeller mentors work alongside academic schools to integrate enterprise into their courses. This spans from providing workshops on key skills such as pitching and writing business plans, supporting career events such as cJAM, to supporting knowledge exchange projects such as the recently conducted Travel, Hospitality and Tourism exchange with WSTiE College of Tourism and Ecology in Poland.
We can work alongside you to add up to 12 hours of relevant enterprise support to your courses.
Our mentors can arrange to come and teach a cohort in a certain aspect of enterprise, such as filing tax returns, pitching ideas or writing business plans.
Certain industries are intrinsically likely to self-employment and freelancing, but even other sectors are now looking at how to foster ‘intrapreneurs’. An understanding of how different aspects of a business affect each other can give your students an advantage when they enter the working environment.
Enterprising community of practice
We act as a catalyst for the sharing of good practice and ideas across UCLan. We are committed to strengthening collaborative links with Propeller. Furthermore, we provide links to
professional development with the following organisations;
- Enterprise Educators UK
- National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education
- National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs.
Support for Student Projects
We offer access to a centrally-based teaching and learning space where staff can supervise enterprising activities with students and graduates – The Propeller Hub.
Students that require enterprise activity in their assessment, such as writing a business plan or marketing campaign, can also benefit from our workshops and mentor advice.
TAKING ON AN INTERN
If you’re taking on an intern but don’t have space for them to work from, it can be arranged for them to work from the Propeller Hub, either as a hot-desker or from an assigned rental desk.
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Several staff members have their own businesses or project work alongside their position at UCLan. If you need advice on how to manage them in tandem, how to report earnings or anything like that, we can help you make the most of it.
The UCLan Careers service offers advice and support surrounding employability and career paths. They advertise job opportunities with businesses. They also help UCLan students and graduates to write CV’s, prepare for interview, understand industries, and much more.
Typically, if you need self-employment support, that is when you come to Propeller. We can help you draw up a business plan, start freelancing, set up a business, work on finance and practice pitching.
We have a creative enterprise zone on the 4th Floor of the Media Factory dedicated to students working on enterprise projects as part of their course. It is a flexible meeting space with networked PCs and creative thinking aids which is available 12 hours a day. In exceptional cases, we have supported students to gain access to specialist rooms and teaching spaces where their project merits this.
A significant part of our work is fulfilling requests from academics to deliver sessions as part of professional practice or skills modules. This ranges from one off sessions on becoming self employed to a series of sessions looking at cultivating entrepreneurial mindset and skills more broadly. We work alongside academics to ensure we tailor the content to the needs of the students and align what we deliver to the Module Information Pack (MIP).
We can offer flexible delivery as well: from running Dragon’s Den type activities to support for grant schemes within your Faculty.
Where colleagues prefer to embed enterprise within a programme rather than treat it as a “bolt on” module, we are willing to support with curriculum design and assessment to aid the process.
We possess specialist resources relating to business planning and social enterprise which we are licensed to use. Additionally, we have a bank of teaching and learning materials to share with colleagues which can be adapted to most courses. They encompass a wide range of knowledge, skills and capabilities relating to enterprise and entrepreneurship: self-assessment, personal effectiveness and branding, creative problem solving and idea generation through to assessing viability and feasibility of ideas and business planning. Moreover, we are members of Enterprise Educators UK which is a national network of best practice in the field, so you can access latest materials being used by HEIs. Finally, we have access to case studies and Alumni who are running successful businesses in a range of fields who are often willing to speak to groups of students.
We are able to support staff with curriculum design and assessment relating to the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship modules delivered in the curriculum. Based on our knowledge and experience as a team we can often suggest innovative approaches and we would engage with colleagues within CELT as part of this process.
We have numerous examples of students working on a business plan/proposal as part of a module where we have supported the student with mentoring and managed workspace and liaised closely with their tutor. We can connect students to the business community either through Alumni whom we have started in business or through our wider networks. We can signpost students to specialist services and facilities at UCLan, whether they be advice clinics or equipment to help get projects off the ground. In exceptional cases, we refer students for expert advice from academic staff who have experience in a particular business area but who teach on a different course to the student’s programme of study.
We can support students from any course, at any level of study. Students can either attend our extra curricular programme or receive specific support relating to their course of study where it relates to enterprise or entrepreneurship. Our extra curricular programme comprises of mentoring, workshops, networking, competitions, grants and managed workspace.
The Propeller Hub is usually open to students, alumni and commercial businesses.
Students currently get free hot-desks, but should only use them for enterprise activity. For a charge, hot desks and rental desks are available to businesses and pre-startups.
The Propeller Hub is currently closed due to COVID-19. We will be instigating social distancing measures when we return.