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Osama Khan

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Enterprise Academy : learning to be enterprising; a key agency for life

Nigel Biggs, Research and Enterprise Support, University of Surrey

Norman Jackson, SCEPTrE, University of Surrey

Osama Khan, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Surrey


Being enterprising does not only mean that you are interested in making money or setting up your own business. It also embodies a set of dispositions, practical abilities and ways of thinking and behaving that are useful to be successful in any professional field.


The aim of the University of Surrey’s ‘life-wide enterprise’ project is to highlight and exploit the simple fact that being enterprising is an essential agency for life: whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, in business, in education or public service there are times when you need to be enterprising and opportunities for being enterprising are found in all aspects of life. We encourage and stimulate enterprise through an EnterpriseAcademy and Summer School, competitions, prizes, paid work opportunities and students’ own self-determined enterprises.


The paper will focus on our EnterpriseAcademy project which was piloted in 2008-09. EnterpriseAcademy is located in the co-curriculum outside the formal academic programme. It comprises two pairs of 3hr workshops each interspersed with a team based enterprise challenge. About 20-25 students volunteer to participate in each of the two process. The enterprise challenges include a profit making enterprise and a social enterprise. The workshops facilitate planning and the evaluation of what has been learnt. We use filming to record the enterprise activities and to help teams reflect on their experiences. We use our Learning through Experience Certificate to recognize and value this important, informal and personal form of learning.  We support the whole enterprise and encourage story telling through wikis. The paper will describe our first EnterpriseAcademy and reflect on the challenges and opportunities of this type of co-curricular experience.


Key words: enterprise, learning to be enterprising, life-wide enterprise, co-curriculum

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