Tag Archives: Enterprise Education

19 January 2017 - 1:18 pm When enterprise becomes international: Taking the best from globalisation

When I commenced on the challenge of developing a programme for international students to develop their entrepreneurship skills I was not expecting Brexit would happen or even that we would have Mr Turmp as the next US President. When the programme ended, I was not only watching the political landscape change but also how far western nations were driving away from globalisation and becoming a closed retrogressive society.

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10 January 2017 - 11:00 am All kinds of minds, and enterprise.

Painting of person sitting, with thought bubble containing a butterfly.

Image credit: Loving Earth

It’s some time (read: a couple of years) since I last wrote a USE blog post. It’s not because I’m lazy. I’ve just had rather a lot to do.

The work of the USE Academy has got busier and busier, and away from my busy full-time job, I’m busy too. I have two small children (one who’s just started school; the other just over a year old), and very little mental or physical downtime. And there’s this thing I have a lot of problems with, called executive dysfunction.

This means I have real difficulty with planning, prioritising, or even just getting started on anything. And there’s reason for that. I’m not lazy; my brain just works a little differently from the norm.

You see, I’m autistic.

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22 July 2015 - 4:17 pm Round Up of all the Enterprise Entertainment News @ USE

Hello Hello!

It’s been a while since I wrote my first blog post and I am itching to share with you all the latest news and goings on here at USE.  I am settling into my role quite well and since those first few hairy weeks of getting my head around what enterprise is, it’s been full throttle, with lots of exciting and interesting events and projects…

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5 May 2015 - 12:55 pm Making Ideas Happen module – is it for you?

Making ideas happen, what is it? What’s it like? – Student perspective. Continue reading “Making Ideas Happen module – is it for you?” »

30 April 2015 - 2:37 pm Keep calm… Summer is around the corner

Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve had some beautiful sunny days and it’s got me dreaming of the summer holidays… Continue reading “Keep calm… Summer is around the corner” »

19 March 2015 - 10:19 am Well of course, it’s “A Matter of Course”!

And so a second week has passed since you joined us at the “A matter of Course” event here at the Enterprise Zone… Or maybe you weren’t here? Fear not, I would love to tell you exactly what happened on that thoroughly enterprising Tuesday afternoon.

It was a cold winter day, and yet our hearts were warmed by the excitement and anticipation of the things to follow. It all started at 12:30, when lovely food and the first few of our guests arrived at the Zone. The chewing and chatter begun in earnest, as we were readying ourself for the event commencement. At 1 pm as we were all full of food for both thought and belly, we started our discussion on Enterprise. Continue reading “Well of course, it’s “A Matter of Course”!” »

22 January 2015 - 12:38 pm Add a 100ml of enterprise… a guide to improving your enterprise experience

Aim:

The aim of this report (blog) is to detail simple ways of improving curricular enterprise experience of every student at the University of Sheffield (and to show off my superior lab report writing skills). Continue reading “Add a 100ml of enterprise… a guide to improving your enterprise experience” »

31 December 2014 - 4:45 pm Leverage surprises, pivot, change hairstyles: another clunky metaphor

Problem-solving, to me, takes two main forms.

The first is the one we often talk about when we’re discussing enterprising capabilities – you identify a problem, you have an idea for a potential solution and, after a fashion, you make that idea happen. Problem solved.

But there’s another kind of problem-solving.

The kind of problem-solving that requires responding rapidly, positively, and effectively, to those “Shhhheeeeeeeeeeit! This calamitous thing’s just happened and we need to solve this problem RIGHT THIS MINUTE!” sorts of scenario. Continue reading “Leverage surprises, pivot, change hairstyles: another clunky metaphor” »

16 December 2014 - 3:45 pm What does ‘creativity’ mean to you?

Creativity.

What does this word mean to you?

Kids are innately creative. I see this in my own daughter, who’s just shy of three years old. Her make believe play; her imaginative uses for toys that differ wildly from what the manufacturers had in mind; her creation of her own little worlds; she’s constantly making things that are new.

But there’s a danger that this natural creativity can be stifled or stamped out over time. This was something one of our past Interns, Nicole, highlighted in this blog post, and it’s a problem that’s well recognised. Continue reading “What does ‘creativity’ mean to you?” »

14 September 2014 - 10:00 am I’m not an entrepreneur, and that’s okay.

I’ve always found it difficult to describe, neatly, what I do for a living, whether that be to the academics and students I work with, my lovely colleagues in the extracurricular wing of our li’l ol’ USE family, or friends and family members outside of work.

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