BEIS Policy Workshop: Improving Student Enterprise Education in the UK
Wednesday September 7th, 10.30am to 12 noon
Redmonds Building, Liverpool John Moores University

We know that our higher education system is one of the best in the world and that it produces students educated at the cutting edge of current knowledge. But are those students skilled to make the best use of their knowledge in the workplace?

To support this work, the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), are carrying out a study into the current provision of enterprise training for undergraduates in higher education and its importance to ensure a competitive, diverse and vibrant future economy. This will help take policy forward, including on future industrial strategy.

The study will consider:

  • What is the evidence for the benefits of enterprise training to the graduate and the economy?
  • Is it the duty of higher education institutions to provide these skills?
  • What is considered best practice in enterprise training, both in the UK and internationally?
  • Is there a role for Government? If yes, what are the levers available to government?
  • Are there any perverse behaviours which could arise?
  • Are the resources (money and skilled personnel) available to deliver the required content?
  • Is this the best way to deliver the desired outcome – are there alternative options?

Led by Professor Tim Dafforn, BIS’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Professor of Biotechnology and entrepreneur at Birmingham University, this workshop invites participants to discuss these questions and explore views. We are interested in lessons from the past, current practices and options for the future. The workshop will also seek to understand the barriers that are preventing progress and any innovative ways of working and solutions that you see as being relevant to any government policy.