Author Archives: Nicole Harte

15 June 2013 - 10:19 am “Propa rong un’s”?

I was browsing my facebook newsfeed last week, and saw a load of status’s referring to the C4 program SKINT, a show that follows the lives of the unemployed in Scunthorpe. Just like the Jeremy Kyle show, they use societies underclass as a form of entertainment, and the sad fact is that peoples opinions are formed when watching shows like this. I’m ashamed to say it works, because my Facebook friends had began labelling these people as…

“scrounging scumbags,” “stupid tramps,” and my personal favorite “propa rong un’s” (exact spelling, no joke).

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25 April 2013 - 10:47 am Cooperatives – saviours or gravediggers of capitalism?

We’ve just been told about the Distinguished Speaker Seminar series hosted by the Management School. The next session will host the guest speaker Professor Hugh Willmott from Cardiff Business School. This seminar will be held in the ICOSS Boardroom on the 8th May at 1pm.

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5 April 2013 - 11:38 am Fancy being a Marketeer?

I always love watching the market stall task on The Apprentice. Watching the candidates’ cheesy sales tactics, and seeing them actually work. And who could forget the most notable marketeer of all Adam Corbally, whose banter on the show made us cry with laughter and cringe with embarrassment. When it came to the market stall task he put all the other candidates to shame, and showed us all that, with the right skills, you can sell almost anything.

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29 March 2013 - 10:26 am Everything starts with an idea

I am one of those people who love having a good old chinwag about how to set the world to rights. I simply cannot keep my mouth shut when I hear people say simple minded things that are practically regurgitated from a newspaper title. You know what I mean, those old chestnuts like ‘why should they get benefits when I work and pay tax’ – guess they don’t know they’re also paying for the royal family then, huh. Regardless of what people’s opinions are, I think we can all agree that there are things in this world that, if we could, we would change.

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26 February 2013 - 10:25 am What’s going on in the world of social enterprise?

I seem to be getting an influx of emails in my inbox informing me about different social enterprise events and programmes, all of which come with a request to write a blog about them. So here they are… Continue reading “What’s going on in the world of social enterprise?” »

16 February 2013 - 10:54 am The breadth and depth of social enterprise

When I told my friends and family that I was recently given the role of Social Innovation Intern every single one of them asked what that meant. I started to realise that not many people actually know what social enterprise is, and those who do know seem to find the whole concept confusing. So, with the launch our Social Innovation Flatpack on Monday, I thought I’d clear things up. Continue reading “The breadth and depth of social enterprise” »

13 January 2013 - 10:11 am Rethinking education

It’s that time of year again when we break up for the holidays, celebrate Christmas and then start the New Year by cramming like mad for the exams. Unfortunately for me, my course seems to be one of the worst for it. Near enough all my modules are solely assessed by examination, and every exam I have sat so far has been 3 hours and 15 minutes long – absolutely exhausting. Each year I promise myself I will start revising earlier and not leave it to the last minute, and each year I go back on that promise because I can’t figure out a real, legitimate, answer to the following question:

‘How are exams helping me learn?’


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25 December 2012 - 11:00 am Christmas Jolly Poem

Drinking and laughing and eating and more,
Dancing and singing and falling on the floor,
Sobbing and hugging and smiling at friends,
Christmas is the season to make all amends.

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8 December 2012 - 11:24 am See, students can be enterprising

What an amazing day we had at our Enterprise Christmas Market Fair. Every second of the day was packed with fun, creativity and, Christmas songs (which I have to admit got a bit annoying towards the end of the day – bah humbug). Everyone had a smile on their face as they came in to buy Christmas presents for their loved ones, but went away with goodies for themselves. The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing, and for me it just confirmed that Christmas really is here. Continue reading “See, students can be enterprising” »

21 November 2012 - 1:38 pm Kick start your enterprising nature

If you don’t already know, Youth Enterprise Live was an exhibition aimed at people aged 15-30, to promote different aspects of enterprise, employment and education. It was an event to inspire youths to start their own businesses and be more enterprising in general. When I arrived there was a serious lack of people actually attending, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether it was the picture of David Cameron on their website that put people off. Anyway, I picked up quite a lot of info about different companies and how they can help us students so I thought I’d share it.

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  • About the author

    Nicole Harte

    I'm Nicole, a final year law student at The University of Sheffield, and the Social Innovation Intern here at USE. As a mature student I have really missed the 'world of work' and so I have tended to get involved with as much as possible while studying. I volunteered as an Appropriate Adult helping people in police custody in my first year, and for over a year now I have lead one of the SIFE Business Angel's projects where we act as a business consultancy to local entrepreneurs. I have loved all the experiences I have had while at university, and now I can't wait to get started on creating, and running my own projects here at USE.