The Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hubs project is underway!


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is delighted to start work on a major new project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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The project, Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship Hubs (AHEH) - brings together an alliance of fourteen partners from seven European countries, led by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art.

Partners from academia and industry will collaborate to jointly research, design, pilot and disseminate a programme of entrepreneurial training for Arts and Humanities staff and students, to improve the long-term professional prospects of graduates.

The three-year project will lead to the creation of an open-access website to complement the creation of seven European Entrepreneurship Hubs to provide long-term support for students and graduates.  The project will draw upon the expertise of Andy and Kath Penaluna from the University’s International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development as well as colleagues within the Faculty of Art and Design.

“Following the UK’s decision to begin the process of leaving the European Union it has never been more vital that UK Universities develop even stronger links with our friends and partners across Europe. This collaborative project aims to find ways to help arts and humanities students develop their successful and sustainable careers after graduation,” said Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of Art and Design.

Dr Shelley Doolan, Senior Research Fellow at UWTSD co- led the bid with colleague Chris Holtom, CIRIC Funding & Development Manager on behalf of the University.  They are looking forward to working with partners across Europe to deliver a programme that will benefit both staff and students alike.

“AHEH is a great opportunity to work with colleagues across Europe towards a common goal of greater professional opportunities for graduates,” said Dr Doolan.

“The project creates valuable new international connections with Higher Education Institutions as well as with industry partners.  Beyond the project, the partnership offers opportunities to develop student exchange programmes and to explore shared research interests and opportunities for further international collaboration” she added.

Led by UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art, project partners include Coastal Housing Ltd (UK); Link Campus University, Italy; Materahub, Italy; University of Rijeka, Croatia; Drugo More, Croatia; University of Alcala, Spain; Innogate, Spain; University of Port, Portugal; UPTEC, Portugal; Xamk University, Finland; Pink Eminence, Finland; IT Carlow, Ireland; Visual Gallery, Ireland.

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