Tuesday, 18 November 2014

EVENT REPORT: Creativity in the Curriculum

With Special Guest Speaker, Professor Andy Penaluna

Professor Andy Penaluna
This half-day professional development event explored creativity in the curriculum, addressing in particular the following questions:
  • Can students in all disciplines be creative?
  • How can we encourage students to be creative?
  • How can we assess student creativity in Higher Education?

We were joined for this event by guest speaker Professor Andy Penaluna, who shared his experiences as a leading enterprise educator with a background in teaching creative subjects, taking us on a journey through our own brains, and encouraging participants to get up and move! Participants also had the opportunity to develop their own ideas for creativity in the curriculum through an interactive structured workshop.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

EVENT REPORT: Enterprise is NOT a Dirty Word

In Conversation with Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton

Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton delivering her presentation
Deborah delivers her presentation
Enterprise. A dirty word to some. It may feel like a dirty word to you.

And yet, it doesn't have to be all about money-grabbing, pleasing shareholders or making huge profits. So why do our graduates need to be enterprising? Why does enterprise matter, and how might it be relevant to YOUR discipline?

On 4 June 2014, USE Academy invited Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, Dean of Medical Education at the University of Sheffield's Academic Unit of Medical Education, to share her wide experiences of embedding enterprise capabilities, and the concepts of enterprise, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and social innovation into the medical curriculum, drawing on a wealth of previous professional experience doing just this both internationally, and more recently at the University of Leeds.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

EVENT REPORT: Engaging external partners for an enterprising curriculum

USE Academy Launch Event

The launch event of the USE Academy was held on 6 March 2014 in the Enterprise Zone, and the theme was ‘Engaging external partners for an enterprising curriculum’.

Nearly forty people attended, and all the Faculties were represented strongly. It was great to see some new faces! We tried out a unique format for the event, asking participants to write their questions and comments on the walls (yes, really!) before we went into a panel discussion, hosted by Professor Brendan Stone. We then used the graffiti to structure the conversation. The event was a great opportunity for participants to share their own experiences and best practice, as well as to get advice on the best ways to engage external partners.