Entrepreneurialism: the future of graduate work readiness?

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 5.3. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

This session, curated by University Alliance, will explore the skills of entrepreneurs to spot opportunities, develop new ideas and build networks - the same skills that are most valued by established employers. We will consider whether integrating entrepreneurship education into degree programmes will help improve the employability and success of graduates around the world.

In this interactive session, delegates will have the opportunity to hear from:

  • successful graduate entrepreneurs about how their university experience helped them launch their own businesses;
  • established businesses about the skills they value in graduates;
  • universities at the cutting-edge of entrepreneurship education.

Delegates, whether university leaders and practitioners, business owners, or government representatives and policy makers, will actively engage with the session by developing and discussing their own Entrepreneurship Manifesto to take back to their organisations.

The session is being hosted by University Alliance, the UK’s universities for industry and the professions, who are leading the way in entrepreneurship education and business engagement in the UK. Almost half of all successful graduate entrepreneurs come from Alliance universities and close industry links mean they are delivering 50% of all sandwich courses (undergraduate programmes with one-year industry placements) in the UK, resulting in top employability rates. 

For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Professor Mary Stuart.

Neomi Bennett
Founder and CEO, Neo-Innovations, UK

Registered Nurse, Inventor of NEO-SLIP, author and founder and CEO of Neo-Innovations UK Ltd, which supplies the multi award-winning Neo-slip to hospitals, pharmacies and direct to patients. Featured on BBC’s Dragons Den, Neomi is passionate about education, patient safety and innovation in healthcare. Neomi is a graduate of Kingston University, London. Session 5.3

Neomi Bennett

Professor Amanda Broderick
Executive Dean - College of Business and Law, University of Salford, UK

Professor Broderick has a strong leadership track record and rare insight into a cross-section of strategic groupings of Universities. Before moving to Salford, she was Principal of St. Cuthbert’s Society (A Durham University College) and Deputy Dean of Durham Business School. Amanda has a strong track record of forging successful collaborations within world-class higher education and business, and in business change and innovation. Session 5.3

Professor Amanda Broderick

Professor David Lloyd
Chair of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, Australia; Vice-Chancellor and President, University of South Australia, Australia

Professor David Lloyd was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia in August 2012. Prior to this he was Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin, having been Dean and Vice-President of Research at Trinity from 2007 to 2011. Professor Lloyd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was the inaugural Chair of the Irish Research Council. Session 5.3

Professor David Lloyd

Matthew Parks
Founder and Chief Executive, 1Plus2Travel.com, UK

1Plus2Travel.com is a rapidly growing flight and hotel price comparison website launched in April 2014. 1Plus2Travel.com attracts over 2.2m unique monthly users and has several unique features, including a popular combined flight and hotel price comparison search. Matt graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 as a radiotherapist before founding One Plus Two Travel in 2013. Session 5.3

Matthew Parks

Professor Mary Stuart
Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln, UK

Professor Stuart joined the University of Lincoln as Vice Chancellor in November 2009. Mary previously held positions of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University for 4 years and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sussex between 2000 and 2005. She has extensive experience of developing partnership working between institutions and leading change within universities. Session 5.3

 

Professor Mary Stuart