One of the most energising aspects of universities is the way in which they afford space for developing new ideas, lines of thinking and challenges to the existing accepted position on many things. This of course typifies what an academic does on a daily basis in terms of developing research and teaching, and indeed how we challenge our students to behave as they deepen their studies, but what is striking is how the latter group take this approach beyond their academic work. Student enterprise is clearly a very strong aspect of the wider student life here at Sheffield and I have been impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and sheer creativity shown by our students.
You might recall from an earlier blog piece that I attended a dinner for student enterprise and now I have had the pleasure of having a meeting with the Managing Director of Enactus, Rosa Tarling. Enactus Sheffield recently won the UK national competition for all Enactus branches and went on to be runner up in the world competition in Beijing.
Enactus is the students’ own enterprise group and defines itself as “an international non-profit organisation that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Rosa outlined the variety of project work carried out both here and abroad including creating a company that employs female ex-offenders to produce hand soap and HOPENigeria in Africa supporting vulnerable women there. If you haven’t heard of Enactus then there is more information to be found here http://www.enactussheffield.org and I encourage you to support any students within your departments in their work in this highly worthy and truly inspiring area.
(This blog first appeared on Professor Wyn Morgan’s personal blog. All his posts can be found here)