Reporter 462, 26 February 2001

Students’ need for enterprise

The vast majority of University students would like to study enterprise and innovation as part of their degrees.

While a third are involved in enterprise activity before coming to university, almost 90 per cent, according to a recent survey, said they would like it to be part of their course.

This expectation is spread across all disciplines, according to the survey, commissioned by the White Rose Centre for Enterprise (WRCE), which is providing funds to departments to support academic enterprise initiatives.

WRCE director of enterprise learning, Dr Jonathan Adams, said: "This level of interest is great news for WRCE. It’s the centre’s role to enable academic departments to build enterprise into courses through our enterprise learning project funding.

"By funding an innovative curriculum we can support the development of student interest in a way which is directly relevant to their chosen subject, whether they are biologists, geographers or engineers."

A dozen cross-campus projects are already underway, including the MEDIAN hydrology case study, which is demonstrating to geography students the potential for ‘spin-off’ activity.

Departments wishing to apply for funding can download details from the WRCE resource site The next deadline for submitting proposals is 8 March, with further dates in July and November. For further information please contact enterprise learning manager Alison Price extension 1906.

A copy of the analysis of questionnaires distributed to students of the three White Rose universities during the 1999-2000 session is available here

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