The How to of Entrepreneurial Learning; Why it matters and what to do'


International scholar and UWTSD Visiting Professor Dr Colin Jones has delivered a talk on innovative entrepreneurial learning at a CPD event, entitled the ‘How to of Entrepreneurial Learning; Why it matters and what to do', hosted by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Five of the conference presenters, three men and two women, standing in front of a red background.

Dr Jones is an expert on student success and a Principal Fellow of the HEA / AdvanceHE. His keynote discussed innovative ways of introducing entrepreneurial learning across all disciplines. He also demystified the approaches that he uses and explain why in an ever-changing world, students who miss out on these competencies may find it harder to succeed.

The event at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre, which was supported by Welsh Government, was followed by a number of renowned speakers including Pecha Kucha, who showcased initiatives from across Wales and Carys Roberts, Youth Entrepreneurship Network Manager, Welsh Government, who delivered a talk entitled; the past, the present and the future.

Kathryn Penaluna, Associate Professor in Enterprise Education said: "Organised in partnership with Welsh Government, Swansea University and Coleg Sir Gar, the event brought together those involved in supporting learners to develop their entrepreneurial potential.  In the UWTSD tradition of enlisting the expertise of our entrepreneurial alumni, the Master of Ceremonies for our inspirational line up of speaker’s was our award-winning alumnus Jay Smith, Company Director of Theatre 8 Group Limited."

UWTSD Emeritus Professor Andy Penaluna led a discussion on UK Perspectives - Advancing the agenda. UWTSD is delighted to note the significant contribution made by UWTSD’s Emeritus Professor Andy Penaluna in the launch of the new Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Education Framework.

Based on the QAA’s distinct definitions of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education, and initiated by Professor Penaluna (QAA) and Stuart Norton (AdvanceHE), this new guidance is a shared initiative between Advance HE, EEUK, IOEE, ISBE, SFEDI and the QAA.

The first of a new series of frameworks Entitled ‘Essential Frameworks for Enhancing Student Success’; its aim is to inform and support educators and institutions who wish to add value to the journeys of their learners, whether it be start up Entrepreneurship) or being prepared for Enterprise-led employment. This will act as a benchmark to support reflection on current provision as well as prompting and inspiring new programme reviews and validations.

Kathryn Penaluna added: “This document is a real milestone, bringing the key players from higher education and business together it provides clear constructive guidance to both educators and educational leaders. From here on in, anyone who wishes to become a Fellow of AdvanceHE for their entrepreneurial approaches can use this guidance to help them make their case. No other country has reached such consensus, it is a world first.”

Other speakers included Elin McCallum from Bantani Education, who delivered a talk entitled Lessons from Europe and Andy Goodman from Enterprise by Design. 

Read UWTSD's Felicity Healey-Benson's blog on the conference here :

Felicity is Programme Director CIPD; Professional Academic in HR & Leadership, Fellow HEA at UWTSD's The Institute of Management and Health and the founder of EmergentThinkers.Com

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