The Propeller team supports; enterprise and entrepreneurial mind-set development (online and face to face learning environments) and impactful academic activity (working with students and graduates) in relation to embedding enterprise, entrepreneurship, IP capitalization, leadership and employabilty both inside and outside the curriculum
Supporting enterprise in the curriculum
UCLan has been shortlisted for the TES Entrepreneurial University of the Year, for the past 5 years running. This is testament to the excellence of the enterprise learning opportunities within and outside of the curriculum. We are keen to support pedagogic research in the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
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. We also provide access to Innovation and Enterprise awards for staff working on student projects. We also offer access to experienced Entrepreneurs and Alumni.
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, action learning, competitions, grants and managed workspace. We usually have students come to us for support relating to business planning and projects working with business or the community.
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 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 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.
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 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.