Enterprise in teaching and learning

Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Education is supported through a collaboration between CEED and Education and Student Experience. We are dedicated to empowering all members of our university community towards nurturing their creative ideas and supporting them in sparking something new.

We work with staff, academics, and students across every academic school, professional services unit, degree pathway and stage of development. At the core of our work is embedding our entrepreneurial Graduate Attributes and an enterprising mindset in and beyond our curriculum. We invite staff to engage with our current range of initiatives and resources but we are also keen to work with you towards creating new opportunities for embedding entrepreneurship across a range of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities.

We are also keen to work with staff to create opportunities for experiential learning in our curriculum, whether through introducing entrepreneurial elements to current modules or designing bespoke capstone modules. Our support in these areas does not stop at providing funding; we are also happy to work with staff to understand their needs and to facilitate any training that can better support such endeavours. At the core of our student-facing work is the belief that enterprise is for everyone, and we work closely with student bodies to ensure that we are always listening to their needs and feedback.

Ongoing initiatives

1. Enterprise Projects

Enterprise projects are final-year, credit-bearing modules designed to promote experiential learning and developing an enterprising mindset. Students are assessed on the basis of a subject-specific portfolio of outputs. We are excited to be launching this initiative with three pilot projects in the Schools of Psychology, Mathematics, and Management in 2022-2023. 

We're looking to expand over time, so if you are interested to introduce it in your School or if you are in a unit that can support these projects, please email us at enterprising@st-andrews.ac.uk.

2. Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Modules

A Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) is an ongoing research project led by an academic supervisor and made up of a team of students from any level of study (the ‘vertical’ aspect). The team of students can come from different subject areas with diverse backgrounds and skills across both arts and science. Students can earn credit and receive a grade for the project. 

Applications are now open for staff proposals for new VIPs which will commence in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of academic year 2022-2023. Please explore the 'Information for Staff' section on the VIP webpage for further details.

3. St Andrews Research Internship Scheme (StARIS)

The St Andrews Research Internship Scheme (StARIS) is aimed at giving undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in academic research by working on projects with university faculty members. The next round of staff applications (for projects that will run in the summer) will open on Monday 23 May, 2022. Check the StARIS webpage for further details.

4. Summer Teams Enterprise Programme (STEP)

Academic and Professional Services colleagues based in Schools/Departments can sponsor 8-week long interdisciplinary team projects for UG students. The projects typically run in the summer and offer an opportunity for students to apply the learning they take from the entrepreneurial skills development programme. Read more about the impact of STEP.


1. Community for Evidence-Led Practice in Education (CELPiE)

CELPiE is a space and platform for staff to share their experiences and ideas with the Community of Practice, or be inspired by the resources in the CELPiE Inspiration Centre.

CELPiE also has a vibrant online community on its Teams channel, which is open to all current staff - we look forward to seeing you there!

2. Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) Toolkit

Enterprise Educators' Enhancing the Curriculum Toolkit is an extensive, subject-specific toolkit comprising resources to help staff identify and implement enterprising skills in the classroom. Please explore this toolkit which will guide you through a range of “tried and tested” techniques that support the development of these enterprise skills. 

Case studies

The following are case studies of enterprising education at the University: