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1 Work Based Learning & Entrepreneurship Gerry McAllister, Kate Greenan & Sylvia Alexander University of Ulster

2 Overview Evolving curriculum/National Agenda –employability –professional skills training UU strong emphasis on vocational education –Industrial collaboration –Work-based Learning –Entrepreneurship Supporting students –VLE (WebCT)

3 What goes round comes round Industrial Collaboration Research/ Curriculum

4 Academic/Industrial Partnerships Technology transfer –Work-based learning –Teaching company schemes –Incubator centres/Science Parks –CPD Curriculum design –Entrepreneurship

5 Work-based Learning at UU Industrial placement MSc in Work-based learning –TCS Associates –Software Engineering Industry based Professional Doctorates –D Inf –D Man –D Ed. –D Eng

6 Placement Mandatory on all undergraduate programmes Currently on HND Jordanstown Transition from Associate Bachelor to Honours Degree Programmes

7 Placement Process Valued by students and employers 2001/02 –300 Students with 124 Companies Paid employment Pre-requisite for final year Recent Problems –Downturn in IT sector –difficulties finding placement –minimum length of placement

8 The process Students Placement preparation - year 2 Student submits CV Job specs requested from employers Job specs circulated to students Students select appropriate opportunities Interviews arranged Restriction - Must accept first offer Academic supervision during placement (twice)

9 Supporting students on placement Legal duty/obligation to students Health & Safety Issues Visits Dictated by –distance –resources –staff expertise –student numbers Placement visitors –many: eases workload –few: consistency

10 Pre-placement Lectures/seminars on –process –CV preparation –interview techniques –preparing for work Carried out by placement tutor New ideas for further industrial input

11 During placement Advice on –Deliverables required –Visits –Where to seek help Visiting tutor –address concerns of student of employer

12 Post placement Assessment –Student Report/log book 40% –Employers report30% –Visiting tutors reports (2) 30%

13 Placement tutor roles Finding/vetting potential placements –history of placement –personal contact –local/well-known employers Allocating and briefing visiting tutors

14 TCS programs 2-year industrial programs TCS associate employed by the university Nationally Funded by TCD Associate placed in a company with a defined project Academic and Industrial supervision

15 TCS Benefits Substantial financial benefit to the university and company Well defined training program for a new graduate Ideal academic/industrial partnership Existing strong UU history Good hit rate

16 Intertrade Ireland Cross-Border Trade and Business Development Implementation Body Established as part of new Political Structures Particular Focus: –Benefits to be derived by SMEs through the placement of a graduate or diploma-holder

17 Fusion All Ireland Knowledge Transfer Initiative Based largely on TCS model Operates on cross border basis Sectors Targeted include: –Software –ICT –Design(Multimedia) Current Pilot Phase 18 month programs

18 Benefits and Procedures Funding available for academics to act as consultants University can claim: –£10K p.a. for academic support –2K p.a. for travel and subsistence Academic commitment 2 days per month Managed under consultancy procedures by Technology Transfer section of Research office

19 Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship A more vibrant local economy High value jobs Harnessing of local talent Take advantage of new graduates with fresh and visionary ideas Enhance the reputation (and resources) of the university

20 Support for Entrepreneurship Science Enterprise Challenge 12 Science Enterprise centres –teaching enterprise and entrepreneurship to students NICENT

21 NICENT Learning outcomes Demonstrate innovative thinking and creativity Demonstrate knowledge of future trends Identify steps required to research market for business opportunity Explain IPR w.r.t new idea generation and product innovation Describe the component parts of a business plan Familiarity with organizational support available to assist new enterprise development within UU and the local community Demonstrate team building ability Identify steps required w.r.t. new company set up and incorporation Key sources of finance available for business start-up Communicate new ideas effectively Familiarity with an e-learning environment

22 Undergraduate Curriculum Introduce Business start-up ideas Teach Practical Business skills –sources of funding –accounts basics –assertiveness training –market research training –Intellectual Property Build an Integrated Program

23 Final Year Make students aware of options: 1Seek employment 2Further Study/Research 3Start a business Encourage entrepreneurial final year projects Business plan with final year project £20K awards Entrepreneurial Mentors

24 After Graduation Provide support for transition - student to entrepreneur –on going access to university facilities Incubate them –infrastructure space communications computer

25 Teaching entrepreneurship Classroom based WBL Personal Development Planning

26 Supporting students VLE –WebCT Reduces isolation during placement –Making regular use of chat and bulletin board Encourages groupwork –Students work collaboratively to resolve issues and achieve common aims without reducing individual responsibility Students have access to necessary support materials which aid understanding


28 Student evaluation of WebCT Aid to communication Appreciate feedback from tutors and peers Easy and efficient to use Common environment for students from different backgrounds

29 Conclusions New patterns in T&L –content –delivery vehicle –support Rewarding for both students and staff A more entrepreneurial culture?

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