Tag Archives: Enterprise Education

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


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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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!” »

4 September 2014 - 10:24 am The value of languages in enterprise

This year I have thoroughly enjoyed working with students and partner companies as the new German for Enterprise module got off to a flying start. In fact, it’s been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences I’ve had in teaching and I can’t wait to get started on next year’s project and meet the new student teams.
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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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29 July 2014 - 10:51 am Summer Break?

This year has flown past so fast, it seems so strange that we are already running all our summer activities. Here at USE, it is as busy as ever…

We have got Enactus working at the zone, every day. Besides getting ready for the trip to Beijing for the Enactus World Cup, they are currently working on a new social project that will be operating in Zambia. So, there is loads of brainstorming, scoping out of their new ideas and prototyping going on. Continue reading “Summer Break?” »

23 July 2014 - 1:03 pm 4 years and counting…

Believe it or not, it is four years since I started working at USE (Yes, I am that old). Back in 2010, I was a humble Information Officer who looked after our data, but now I am a Enterprise Officer (sounds like something off Star Trek) and get to plan and develop a wide range of extracurricular enterprise activities across the campus.
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1 May 2014 - 10:28 am Calling all academics! Nominate your students for the USE Graduation Awards

Do you think one of your students is the most enterprising student at the University of Sheffield? Nominations are invited for the first University of Sheffield Enterprise Award.

Two awards will be awarded for the most enterprising Undergraduate student and most enterprising post graduate students from the University of Sheffield.  The winners in each category will receive £500.

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29 April 2014 - 10:21 am Well done to BiG Challenge winners ‘Aroma Blossom’

Every year, school children all over Sheffield take part in something really BiG. The BiG Challenge is competition where pupils set up their own mini businesses and the best business of the year wins a trip of a life time. Continue reading “Well done to BiG Challenge winners ‘Aroma Blossom’” »

2 April 2014 - 10:27 am Enterprising Academics Wanted…

Have you got a special someone in your life? That enterprising academic that really makes your ideas happen? If so, why not nominate them for the most enterprising academic award at the Student Union’s Education Awards. Continue reading “Enterprising Academics Wanted…” »