Academic support

Enterprising thinking and skills are important for all students because they support personal and career success, whether that means starting a business or standing out in a competitive jobs market.

The University aims that all students are enterprising and includes this capability in its Graduate Attributes framework. The Enterprise Team works across the University to bring this aim to life by integrating enterprise into the curriculum and encouraging students to join extra-curricular enterprise activities and programmes.

In 2022, the University appointed a dedicated full time Curriculum Lead for Enterprise Education, Catherine Brentnall, who is championing enterprise across academic schools.

There is a range of support available to staff including:

Curriculum delivery:

  • Awareness raising sessions where a member of the Enterprise Team can provide an introduction to Enterprise Support, enthuse students to get involved in extra-curricular events, workshops and programmes and signpost student entrepreneurs to enterprise support.
  • A curriculum activities framework, where the enterprise team can model - and staff can learn how to deliver – enterprise activities such as Pitch Club, Social Innovation Jams and Ice+ Hackathons.

Staff development:

  • Introductory sessions to gain confidence in: what enterprise and entrepreneurship education is; how enterprise relates to University goals and benefits students; what resources, case studies and practice exist to support the development of provision.
  • Co-design consultations to support staff to enhance the student experience by integrating enterprise into modules and courses.
  • Pedagogic innovations, such as a new Careers and Employability Service and Enterprise Team collaboration which introduces communication-rich teaching and learning and group interaction strategies to improve student confidence and presentation skills.

EEUK associate Membership and Fellowship: The university is a member of Enterprise Educators UK, which means that every member of staff is an associate and can access resources including the ETC toolkit which provides subject-related resources and inspiration relating enterprise to curriculum areas.

In addition, staff can gain recognition for their excellent enterprise practice by pursuing an Enterprise Fellowship with EEUK.

Members of the Enterprise Team have achieved fellowship status and can support staff with their applications.

For more information about any aspect of this work contact Catherine Brentnall at