A systematic review of entrepreneurship education programmes within the United Kingdom's universities: encouraging and equipping the entrepreneur of tomorrow

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Abstract

Recent publications, such as Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise for All’ and the European Commission’s ‘Entrepreneurship Education: A Road to Success’ highlight the responsibility of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to educate students in making entrepreneurial contributions to society. Enabling and embedding an enterprise culture within HEIs, through Entrepreneurship Education (EE), aims to address political, economic and social issues surrounding enterprise and regional development.

EE, promoted by corporate and operational levels of universities, encourage growing enterprise environments, implementing recommendations from expanding literature. Establishing enterprising objectives within an HEI’s strategic vision, helps support the new EE ‘agenda’ increasingly seen throughout HE programmes.

This paper examines the levels of EE provision and enterprise support, and investigates stakeholder engagement, within five HEIs in the United Kingdom. Data, collected by telephone interviews, explores the roles of deans, research and teaching staff, and student support and graduate
employability representatives.

Findings suggest that productive measures, promoting EE provision and ‘incubation’ departments, have been facilitated. However, the majority of these, in their infancy, are subject to review, modification and dependent on continued internal or national funding. This paper will benefit EE-related stakeholders, advancing EE and HEI literature, addressing the need for universal EE provision towards sustainable and local economic development.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventHigher Education Institutional Research Network (HEIR) Network Conference 2015: The stories we tell: using institutional research to enhance policy, practice and engagement - University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

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ConferenceHigher Education Institutional Research Network (HEIR) Network Conference 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period10/09/1511/09/15

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Crammond, R. (2015). A systematic review of entrepreneurship education programmes within the United Kingdom's universities: encouraging and equipping the entrepreneur of tomorrow. Paper presented at Higher Education Institutional Research Network (HEIR) Network Conference 2015, Paisley, United Kingdom.