Enterprising Universities
Enterprise with Plymouth University Teeside University Higher Education Funding Council for England

About the Project

Find out more about the ‘Leading, Governing and Managing Enterprising Universities’ below... 

What - The 18 month project is one of seven that form HEFCE’s flagship ‘Leading Transformational Change’ programme and sets enterprise and meeting the future challenges facing higher education at the heart of its mission. Read more about transformational change on the Leadership Foundation website…

Why - Higher education in the UK faces a wide array of challenges. Some of the challenges are immediate and arise from the economic downturn while others are longer-term and stem from changes in the higher education market as a result of the new fees structure. Universities need to focus on agility and speed, changing operating models, and developing brand, mission and reputation; in effect they will need to be more enterprising, able ‘to change, take risks, to innovate and to generate and implement new ideas and new ways of doing things’ (Enterprise Insight, 2009). The ‘Leading, Governing and Managing Enterprising Universities’ project aims to assist higher education institutions in successfully meeting these immediate and longer term challenges. Visit the project's 'Knowledge & Outputs' page where you can view our: typology map of the higher education sector; data resource tool; institutional case studies; and, best practice toolkits. Click here......

Who – The project is led by Plymouth University and Teesside University. The research team includes:

  • Professor Wendy Purcell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at Plymouth University (Institutional Sponsor);
  • Professor Julian Beer, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Regional Enterprise) at Plymouth University;
  • Dr Rebekah Southern, Associate Director of Research and Innovation (Business Development) at Plymouth University;
  • Caroline Chipperfield, Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, Plymouth University; 
  • Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University;
  • Karen Race, Deputy Director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University;
  • Jude Pearson, Research Manager at Plymouth University, leads the day to day delivery of the project;
  • Adam Fisher, Researcher at Plymouth University, dedicated to the project on a full time basis.

We work closely with a group of higher education institutions to develop and share good practice throughout the sector. Find out more about the project partners by clicking on their institutional logos below...

Aston University   Birmingham City University   uclan   University of Hertfordshire  University of Salford  Staffordshire University