Author Archives: Ali Riley

11 June 2018 - 3:22 pm Got the skills to make your campus smarter?

Are you good with technology? Can you make things happen with Raspberry PI, Arduino, Micro:Bit and sensors? Then you might like the idea of spending a week in August thinking up clever ways of making the university campus smarter and in the process making life easier for your fellow students – and give yourself the chance of winning up to a grand in prize money in the process.

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5 December 2014 - 12:26 pm One option all PhD students should know about

I have very few regrets about having made the (crazy) decision, quite a few years back, to do a PhD. But one of the regrets I do have is that I didn’t think very hard about my career post-PhD. You see, I started my PhD just before the recession, when academic jobs in my field were much more plentiful, and I just assumed that was where I was heading. By the time the recession hit, I was deep into my research and had got quite good at ignoring the rest of the world; my head was firmly buried in the sand about career options. Lucky for me really, I’d kept on a part time job which led to me landing in USE – a real stroke of luck in many ways considering my lack of planning! It just so happens that this career direction turned out to suit me down to the ground, but it might have been very different.

I wish, wish, WISH, that I had explored other options!

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23 October 2014 - 1:58 pm Academics! Make this year your most innovative yet

To all our University of Sheffield teachers and academics – welcome to 2014/15! Well, it’s been going a while now really, but we thought we’d let you at least get your breath, after the hectic first few weeks of term. So, here we go…

Did you know, this new academic year could be your most innovative yet? This is the year in which you could develop, tweak, grow, shape, or even transform your teaching, helping to develop your students’ capabilities of enterprise, leadership, innovation and collaboration – all the while keeping your academic discipline firmly at the centre of the learning experience.

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9 September 2014 - 12:00 pm We did it!

The morning after the night before…

…or, more precisely, the week after the week before – in which, as some of the USE Team travelled up for three days of enterprise education best practice sharing, discussion and networking (and a bit of dancing) in Newcastle, we were also crossing fingers (crossing everything, in fact) in the hope of the University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy (USEA) bringing a National Enterprise Educator Award (NEEA) home to the Steel City. Continue reading “We did it!” »

1 September 2014 - 12:07 pm Fingers crossed!

This week is a very exciting one for us here at USE as later in the week, a lot of us will be off to the event of the year (well, if you are an enterprise educator it is) – the International Entrepreneurship Educators (IEEC) Conference.

You might remember that last year, we hosted IEEC right here in Sheffield. That was a truly amazing experience for all of us here, but we are looking forward to relaxing a little more this year and not running round like headless chickens! We are off to the bright lights of Newcastle – a city I certainly don’t know that well, so I’m looking forward to seeing the sights.

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8 February 2014 - 10:26 am USE Academy: a very enterprising journey

You might not have noticed, but the curricular team here at USE have been a bit quiet of late. What have we been up to? Well, a number of different projects, but the one I really wanted to talk about today is the launch of the USE Academy. Continue reading “USE Academy: a very enterprising journey” »

16 November 2013 - 10:49 am Climbing the mountain of productivity, and the gear that will get you to the summit

Being enterprising means being productive. Getting out there and making things (ideas) happen. Not procrastinating. Getting the bloody work DONE.

But sometimes, being productive is so chuffing hard isn’t it? Especially at 3pm on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. I consider myself quite a productive person, but even I struggle sometimes, and get a bit halted in my tracks, lost in the mire, not knowing how to start my engine up again (clichéd metaphor overload anyone?). In fact, that’s exactly how I feel right now, which is probably why I’m writing this blog and not getting on with changing the face of enterprise education in The University of Sheffield like I should be. Continue reading “Climbing the mountain of productivity, and the gear that will get you to the summit” »

24 September 2013 - 10:48 am On Fresher’s Week, and the importance of being yourself…

Do I remember Fresher’s Week? I have to admit, large portions of it are a little hazy. I’m sure that’s because of my rapidly advancing age, not the amount of inebriating substances consumed, honest… Continue reading “On Fresher’s Week, and the importance of being yourself…” »

2 September 2013 - 1:41 pm The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there… or not!

Just as you thought our blog probably couldn’t get more random (by random, I clearly mean AWESOME), I go and bring archaeology, of all things, into the mix.

But I was thinking the other day how strange it was that in the relatively small world of enterprise education I have now met two other people who have started off in archaeology, just like me. What is the missing link? Continue reading “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there… or not!” »

23 August 2013 - 10:43 am How I learned to stop worrying and love Enterprise Education

I promised part two of my epic journey through enterprise education (yes, I promised it a long time ago but a watched pot never boils eh?) and here it is!

In my last post I talked in general about what I have learned about the world of work since I started here 18 months ago. Now I want to talk a bit more about what I have learned about enterprise education through being one of the three Enterprise Learning Development Officers here (ELDOs, or PowerPuff Girls, depending on what mood we are in). Continue reading “How I learned to stop worrying and love Enterprise Education” »

  • About the author

    Ali Riley

    I am one of the three Enterprise Learning Development Officers here at USE, and I work directly with the Faculties of Science and Social Sciences. My background is actually in archaeology - random I know - but I have always had a bit of a side-interest in how people learn, and now this has led me to this very rewarding role! I'm still to be found in muddy holes at weekends though... I'll be blogging about Enterprise Education, including news, events, success stories, and my experiences of working with academics to offer a great learning experience to students.