Enterprise education can take a variety of forms within the curriculum: including complete 12-week, credit-bearing taught units covering every aspect of launching a business idea, individual lectures on particular aspects of business tailored to a subject discipline, and skills-based content offered as part of a programme of skills development events.
Whilst the business aspects of enterprise (commercial awareness, understanding markets, intellectual property, and so on) might only fit well with particular disciplines, enterprise skills (communication, presentation, problem-solving and networking) and ‘mindset’ (self-efficacy, taking calculated risks, and looking for opportunities to create value) have a role in any degree programme.
Enterprise education is closely allied with developing Employability and presents a useful mechanism for translating subject ability into success in the graduate employment market. Because RED is actively engaged with helping academic discoveries be commercialised or create social and cultural value we can also help students build their business knowledge whilst exploring their research discipline.
- Innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise - available to M-level Engineering students
- Hi-Tec enterprise - available to first-year Computer Science students
- Individual Project: Business Plan - available to M-level Computer Science students
Please contact Dave Jarman (Dave.Jarman@bristol.ac.uk) to find out more about developing enterprise education within your curriculum either as particular skills or knowledge-based interventions or as bespoke units.
The Enterprise Education Development Fund
Funding is available to support academic departments embed enterprise education content in new and redeveloped units in the taught curriculum. Please see the Enterprise Education Development Fund Website for more information.
The QAA has published a guidance document on the teaching of enterprise and entrepreneurship which educators will find very useful. The Enterprise Education Team in RED are able to answer questions about the content of that guidance.
Anyone teaching enterprise and entrepreneurship may also find the Shell LiveWIRE report 'Everyone's Business' useful reading.