Issue date: 20 January 2014
Two budding entrepreneurs from UWE Bristol's enterprising BA Business (Team Entrepreneurs) degree were recently invited to parliament to contribute to a report on future leaders and entrepreneurship.
Year One Team Entrepreneur students, Rob Wilson and Tom Bromley, were selected as a result of a successful session that they led on 21st Century leaders at the University to a panel of business leaders and academics.
Rob Wilson explains, “It's a real honour to be chosen for this event at Parliament, it just adds to the many great opportunities I've experienced already in such a short time where I've been able to meet new contacts, travel and develop business ideas. ”
Presenting, networking and event management are just some of the skills team entrepreneurs are developing on a daily basis on this innovative practise based degree. Team entrepreneurs meet in a high-tech 'hub' rather than a traditional classroom, with areas for team meetings, workshops and ideas sessions.
Currently Bristol Business School alongside Northumbria University are the only Universities in the UK to offer this degree.
For Rob who was keen to start his own business but unsure about going to University, the practical and academic integration of the degree was a key factor.
Rob continues, “I was attracted to this degree because I'm more of a practical person. On this course I'm gaining a degree through the day to day running of our business. I'm one of three Directors of LTRL Limited, a registered company with set financial targets over the next three years.
“From day one we were managing real projects such as organising a teambuilding event from scratch in only two days. We get to choose the projects we take on, focusing on all aspects of business from finance, to marketing, leadership and negotiation and rather than traditional exams and coursework we are assessed on our research. So if we need to find out about event management, we'll do an assessed book review on the relevant books we've read. I think at the end of the course from all of these experiences, I will have a clear idea of the area I'd like to pursue as a graduate.”
Four months into the new course, Team Entrepreneurship Coach and Course leader, Carol Jarvis is impressed with how much the students have achieved. She says, “We're already seeing some great project ideas and networks developing from both teams. We're proud that Rob and Tom were chosen by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to represent UWE Bristol in parliament, they really made a favourable impression with the CMI when they shared their experiences of the course with academics, business leaders and members of the CMI at the 21st Century leaders event here at UWE. The Commission is looking for the views of the under 35s about their working aspirations and what attracted them to entrepreneurship, so it's great that Tom and Rob have contributed to this report.”
To view a selection of photos taken at the Team Entrepreneurship Hub, visit the UWE Bristol News Flickr pages.