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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education

Enterprise Education

What it is?

‘The process of developing students in a manner that provides them with an enhanced capacity to generate ideas, and the behaviours, attributes, and competencies to make them happen. It extends beyond knowledge acquisition to a wide range of emotional, intellectual, social, cultural and practical behaviours, attributes and competencies, and is appropriate to all students.

The aim of Enterprise Education is to produce graduates with an awareness, mindset and capability to generate original ideas in response to identified needs, opportunities and shortfalls, and the ability to act on them, even if circumstances are changing and ambiguous; in short, having an idea and making it happen.’

(Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, January 2018, p. 9).

Enterprise Capabilities

These enterprise capabilities enhance student learning and represent excellent teaching practice (adapted from QAA Guidance, 2012 and 2018):

  1. Creativity and innovation
  2. Opportunity recognition, creation and evaluation
  3. Decision making supported by critical analysis and judgement
  4. Implementation of ideas through leadership
  5. Reflection and action
  6. Communication and strategy skills

See Enterprise capabilities (Word, 17 KB) for more information.

Enterprise Education Network

The network is made up of colleagues who have developed, or who are interesting in developing, an enterprising approach in their learning and teaching and who encourage their students to cultivate an enterprising mindset. Please contact the Associate Deans if you are interested in joining the network.

Student Enterprise Champions

Student Enterprise Champions will be ambassadors for enterprise and entrepreneurship at the university, working with and supporting the university’s focus on this area. They will promote and encourage student participation in enterprise and entrepreneurship learning and development.

Case Studies

Showcasing enterprising education across the Faculties at the University of St Andrews. If you would like to create a case study, please use the template provided, and submit it to the Associate Deans.

News and Events

Academic Forum 14 February 2018

This semester's Academic Forum - Making Things Happen: Enterprise Education and Institutional Change - is scheduled for 14 February 2018, 12pm to 2pm in Parliament Hall.

Building on the Academic Forum and Teaching Practice Fora in Semester 1, which focused on what 'enterprise education' is, and explored what it might mean in the context of the University of St Andrews, this semester's forum, delivered by Dr Gareth Trainer, Head of Enterprise Education at the University of Newcastle, focuses on the links between enterprise education and institutional culture, and looks at how enterprising capabilities can be introduced into the curriculum.

For more information and to book a place, please visit CAPOD's online booking system.

Teaching Practice Forum 27 February 2018

The Teaching Practice Forum focused on Enterprise Education and Assessment will take place on 27 February 2018, 12.30pm to 2pm in the Gateway Building boardroom. For more information and to book a place, please visit CAPOD's online booking system.

Past Events:

  • Academic Forum 2017
  • Teaching Practice Forum 2017


Enterprise Education case study template (Word, 14 KB)

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, January 2018 (PDF, 1,013 KB)

ETC Toolkit

Related Links:


Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK)

Entrepreneurship Education

Entrepreneurship Education is defined as the application of enterprise behaviours, attributes and competencies into the creation of cultural, social or economic value. This can, but does not exclusively, lead to venture creation.

Entrepreneurship applies to both individuals and groups (teams or organisations), and it refers to value creation in the private, public and third sectors, and in any hybrid combination of the three.'

(Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK Higher Education Providers, January 2018, p. 7).


CAPOD offers a range of courses and events that link to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

  • The Professional Skills Curriculum, or PSC for short, is a co-curricular programme for students to help them learn about the kinds of workplace skills employers value
  • Taught postgraduate students (ie Masters) can apply to access three entrepreneurship courses that are part of the Research Skills Masters Programme from Epigeum, specifically:
    • Academic entrepreneurship: An introduction
    • Entrepreneurial opportunities: Recognition and evaluation
    • Entrepreneurial resources: People, teams and finance

Careers Centre

The Careers Centre provides information about student enterprise events and advice about business start-ups.

Bonnie Hacking is the Enterprise and Employability Adviser. Based in the Careers Centre, Bonnie can talk through your idea with you and help you decide how best to progress it to the next stage. She can also suggest other organisations and places to go for support. Email:

Knowledge Transfer Centre

The Knowledge Transfer Centre helps researchers achieve impact from their research through supporting, among other things, enterprise and entrepreneurship for staff and students.

For more information, contact the KTC Director, Ewan Chirnside

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

The University of St Andrews is one of the UK Universities with an agreement with Santander bank. Students can apply for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award.

Please see the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards Information Pack 2017 (PDF, 965 KB) for more information.


Enterprise Education

Dr Ian Smith
Associate Dean of Arts and Divinity

Dr Jon Issberner
Associate Dean of Science

Dr Alex Griffiths
Academic Policy Officer (Taught Degrees)


Bonnie Hacking
Enterprise and Employability Adviser

Ewan Chirnside
KTC Director