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UWTSD’s James Williams wins Enterprise Catalyst category at Educators UK Awards


06.09.2019

Congratulations to UWTSD’s James Williams, senior lecturer at the University’s School of Applied Computing, who won the Eterprise Catalyst category at last night's Enterprise Educators UK awards.

James Williams

James teaches the School’s Enterprise and Innovation Group Project module and organises the University’s annual Innovation Competition. The competition enables students within the School of Applied Computing to form inter-disciplinary teams and pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of experts from industry. This year’s panel of experts included Guy Wendon, Business Development Manager from module and event sponsor Alacrity, Paul Harwood, co-founder of TechHub Swansea, and an enterprise manager for the Welsh Government.

The National Enterprise Educator Awards recognise excellence within enterprise and entrepreneurship education in UK higher and further education. The aim is to reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated an exceptional and inspirational commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship.

The category, Enterprise catalyst, recognises an individual enterprise or entrepreneurship educator or practitioner who is driving transformational change inside or outside the curriculum.

UWTSD’s Kathryn Penaluna, Associate Professor in Enterprise Education said: “Enterprise education is all about enhancing the skills of our learners, so that they might ultimately set up their own business or certainly be an asset in someone else’s. Enterprising educators have a real understanding of what’s needed, and demonstrate these skills themselves.

“James is passionate about encouraging students to reach their full potential and serious learning takes place in a classroom where laughter is encouraged and crazy ideas lead to solving real problems within our community. I am delighted that James won the Enterprise Catalyst at the Enterprise Educators UK awards. They have over 100 Institutions in their membership, so the competition is intense. The award recognises James’s commitment to our students and graduates and all those that support them.”

James Williams said: ““It is fantastic to win an award in an area I feel very passionate about. It is exciting and inspiring to be in a position to support our students to discover their potential, to develop their abilities, to facilitate the creative application of their ideas and to take forward their innovative projects into commercial form either as a Tech Start-up or into larger companies with our industry partners.

“The Innovation Group Project module provides students with many opportunities: to discover and develop their skills and abilities, to form interdisciplinary teams to create innovative solutions and to work with our industry partners to form exciting new projects that provide graduate employment opportunities.

“The University is a fantastic learning environment that enables the bright fresh minds of our students to work with enterprise educators, industry representatives, academics and Government representatives to collaborate together to create positive solutions that make a positive difference in our world. I am grateful to work for such a progressive University and for the support of my colleagues.”

Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “It is great to see one of our Enterprise Champions being celebrated for his role in driving entrepreneurship through the curriculum and establishing himself as a role model for future entrepreneurs.”

The 2019 winners were announced as part of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) Gala Dinner on September 5 in Oxford.

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