Why, How, What?
What is Enterprise Education and why do we do it at Lancaster?
The best answer to this question is provided by the QAA's document from January 2018, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, page two of which states:
- "Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education provides interventions that are focused on supporting behaviours, attributes and competencies that are likely to have a significant impact on the individual student in terms of successful careers, which in turn adds economic, social and cultural value to the UK.
- “Enterprise Education is an excellent tool to prepare students for changing environments. It provides enhanced impact through placements and activities that build links between academic institutions and external organisations.
- “Entrepreneurship Education and the development of entrepreneurial capacity is not simply linked to employment. It provides competencies to lead a rewarding, self-determined professional life. Students will be well placed to add significant social, cultural and economic value to society through entrepreneurial activity throughout their careers.
- “Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education can have significant impact for the academic institution, through spin-out or graduate start-ups that build credibility for the institution, and through new external relationships with growth-orientated organisations. These activities combine to support the delivery of multiple strategies for the sector: teaching and learning; research and impact; and knowledge exchange and engagement.
- “Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education is a significant part of the university landscape; its successful delivery is key to the overall success of the sector.”
This guidance underpins our own rationale for prioritising Enterprise activities at Lancaster, and we draw on the methodologies and approaches of Lean Entrepreneurship, Human Centred Design and Social Learning throughout our own service delivery. Our interventions are all informed by EntreComp, the European Commission's Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (2016).