The University of Sheffield has been named the UK’s top enterprise educator for its pioneering work to empower academics with the skills needed to ensure their students become innovative and enterprising graduates.
The University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy (USEA), which was set up to support the University’s commitment to ensuring all 25,000 students have the opportunity to embrace enterprise education as part of their degrees, won Enterprise Educator of the Year at the National Enterprise Education Awards last night (Thursday 4 September 2014).
Two years ago, the University announced its ambitious aim of transforming the curriculum across all disciplines to further enhance students’ learning experience and boost their confidence and employability by integrating enterprise education.
To achieve this, the USEA was set up to provide staff with consistent and sustainable support through a centralised, accessible and recognisable hub, offering one-to-one support for those wanting to implement curriculum development projects in enterprise education, providing staff with opportunities to learn and develop innovate teaching methods and giving a wealth of free resources and financial support to implement their plans.
The National Enterprise Educator Awards recognise excellence within enterprise education and aim to reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated an exceptional and inspirational commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship in Further and Higher Education in the UK.
Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Director of Enterprise Education at the University of Sheffield, said: “For years we have been working on ensuring that all our students across the University have the opportunity to experience enterprise education. It is a huge and very ambitious endeavour. Our approach to achieve this has been working directly with academics to embed enterprise education in the curriculum.
"The University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy has been the vehicle to deliver this activity. Being recognised nationally for our approach does not only allow us to disseminate more widely this activity, but it also provides us with the endorsement of Enterprise Educators across the country.
"Closer to home, at USE, this award reinforces what I have always known – that we have a team that is amazing and makes things happen. I am sincerely proud of each one of them and of all enterprise educators and supporters at the University of Sheffield."
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning at Teaching, Professor Anne Peat, added: "We pride ourselves on being an enterprising University and we make sure the outstanding learning and teaching experience we provide has enterprise firmly embedded. The University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy is central to this, providing support and development opportunities for staff to deliver innovative and creative curricula. I am delighted that this has been recognized. We have an excellent team in Sheffield who have worked relentlessly to establish the Academy and the success is down to their overwhelming enthusiasm and motivation."
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A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.
In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.
Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.
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