Today's students and the digital revolution; Baroness Dido Harding to explore importance of intrapreneurship at Bolland

Issue date: 26 September 2016


Dido Harding

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Technology is transforming our economy, our lives and our politics. How does Britain adapt to thrive? Is Britain winning or losing the race? What does it mean for today's graduates and how do we ensure that the technology revolution benefits the whole of Britain, rather than creating new divisions.

This is the theme of the University of the West of England's (UWE Bristol) Annual Bolland Lecture, delivered by Baroness Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk Group at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 28 September 2016.

Baroness Harding, will explore how organisations are adopting more innovative and enterprising approaches such as intrapreneurship to management in order to compete effectively in fast-changing world markets. Whilst corporate bureaucracies have been established to manage businesses within stable trading conditions, uncertainty in the market may mean that an organisation may have to adapt entrepreneurial approaches at a corporate level to not only grow, but also to survive. From the barriers to intrapreneurship within an organisation to the characteristics of an intrapreneur, this lecture will look at the key lessons and factors needed to establish intrapreneurship within an organisation.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “I'm delighted to welcome Dido Harding to the University. UWE Bristol graduates are highly sought after in the digital revolution with record numbers securing professional positions in the Computer Sciences (86%), Engineering and Technology (84%) areas well above the average of 71% for all UK graduates. We were also proud to see our first Team Entrepreneurs graduate in July. These are students whose degree has been about developing successful businesses over the three years of their degree. Enterprise internships, mentoring schemes and entrepreneur support programmes all underline our commitment to help young talented people with great ideas succeed.”

The Bolland Lecture 2016, is delivered as part of theBristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs).An audience of over 200 is expected including over 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics, students and alumni.

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. Dr Bolland believed passionately in providing students with real world experience alongside studying; pioneering the idea of students undertaking placements.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership withACCA,Bristol City Council,Bristol Junior Chamber,Bristol Post,Business West,CBI,CMI,FSB,IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP

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