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College plays host to conference that aims to develop social entrepreneurial skills in HE students

On Friday 27 May, we welcomed Denis Hyams-Ssesaki, of The University of Bolton, and Mike Snowden and Jamie Halsall, of the University of Huddersfield, along with other delegates to a conference to discuss a new project that aims to enhance the employability and social entrepreneurial skills of students within the UK higher education sector.

A variety of presentations were given throughout the day, including one given by a group from the Accra Technical University in Ghana.

Maureen Alderson, City College Plymouth’s Community and Public Services Foundation Degree lead, who is heading up this project alongside Denis, Mike and Jamie, said: “The findings of this project will be used to develop a Social Entrepreneurial Skills Audit tool, and the production of a suite of teaching resources for use by HEI course teams. This will enable teams to prepare needs-led education and skill-development-based learning opportunities.”

The conference featured speakers from the Project team; the City College Higher Education department; several international practitioners, and academics. Students were then encouraged to contribute to the research data by participating in focus groups. The College was also pleased to welcome partners from the University of Plymouth.

The conference was held in the College’s award-winning PL1 restaurant, where attendees were well-looked after by the College’s hospitality and catering students.