Sunday, 20 December 2015

EVENT REPORT: Effecting Cultural Change: Towards Enterprising Institutions

Today we hosted and led an Enterprise Educators’ UK event, exploring the journey towards The Enterprising Institution. The Enterprising Institution is an institution where true cultural change has been effected in the area of enterprise education, making it an accepted and valued part of academic practice, learning and teaching, and the student experience.

It’s a wonderful ideal, but has anyone achieved it yet? If not, where are we on this journey, and how can we help each other? As the programme progressed through the day, we highlighted different possible ‘milestones’ in the journey to embedding cultural change.
These included:
  • Where are we now? Assessing the current landscape of enterprise education in your institution before moving forward
  • Grassroots change – leveraging staff support from the bottom up
  • Enterprise as the ‘norm’ for students
  • Gaining executive and managerial ‘buy-in’ and support
  • Embedding enterprise education within strategies and operational plans

We organised the day around the Lean Change Canvas. The aim of the day was that every delegate would be able to go away with their own completed canvas, setting out a vision and aim for their institution, and what they can do to effect this change as enterprise educators. The speakers, who are all at different stages in their own journey, offered their own experiences in the hope of providing both inspiration and practical advice. The day also provided plenty of time for participants to work on their canvases, in action learning groups - an opportunity to meet others with similar institutions, similar aims, or similar stages in the journey.

Speakers and facilitators included:
  • Christina Elliott, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Anne Peat, University of Sheffield
  • Simon Harrison, Lancaster University
  • Penny Matthews, Coleg Llandrillo (unfortunately Penny was unable to attend due to ill health)
  • Dr Kelly Smith, University of Huddersfield 

This blog post is based on an EEUK event report, available here.


Speakers' presentation slides are available to download on the EEUK website. 

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