ISBE supports new QAA advice about enterprise and entrepreneurship for universities

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Thursday, 18th January 2018: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has today launched a new set of guidance for UK universities to support them in effectively fostering a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship. The independent quality body says that this culture not only equips students with the skills for a rewarding, self-determined professional life, but also has significant benefits for the institution itself.

ISBE’s Vice President for Education and Practitioner Learning, Dr Kelly Smith of Coventry University, was invited to be part of the review group behind the new guidance, and was keen to represent the Institute’s membership as part of the project. Dr Smith says: ‘ISBE is proud to have been involved with the development of the original 2012 guidance and welcomed the opportunity to help inform the 2018 revisions. The Guidelines have become a ‘go to’ resource for enterprise and entrepreneurship educators, and are an extremely useful starting point for those new to the subject.’

QAA Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock says: ‘Since we published our original guide to enterprise and entrepreneurship education in 2012, there have been substantial developments in UK and international policy and practice.

‘Alongside providers’ adoption of new types of learning and new metrics for success are recent policy drives to apply entrepreneurial approaches to STEM subjects and the government’s new Industrial Strategy. This updated guide responds to these changes.’

The revised guidance, led by ISBE advocate Professor Andrew Penaluna of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, captures the latest thinking on how to embed enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Further details are available on the QAA website at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/newsroom/enterprise-and-entrepreneurship-new-advice-for-universities

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