Press Releases 2016

UWTSD’s Andy Penaluna’s debut at TEDx Swansea 2016 provokes stimulating debate with his talk ‘Education and creative thinking; time to think again?’


One of the city’s internationally recognised academics has taken to the stage at the sell-out global phenomenon TEDx to share his ideas and thoughts.

Professor Andy Penaluna, Director of the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea, gave a lecture entitled: ‘Education and creative thinking; time to think again?’

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Professor Penaluna said: “With regards to academic attainment, education, and creative thinking; I believe that it’s time to think again.We constantly hear calls for more creative people who can spot opportunities, have lots of ideas, and make things happen. Our economy needs them, because without entrepreneurs new businesses do not evolve. The sustainability and ‘greening the world’ champions also need them, because we need to find ecologically sound ways to do things differently.

“In my TEDxSwansea talk I suggested education needs them too, because right now we are evaluating what students and pupils do in entirely the wrong way. They are not getting great grades for being creative.”

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Steven Stokes, TEDxSwansea Lead Organiser, said: "Andy kicked-off TEDxSwansea 2016 with a thought-provoking and engaging talk about the need for our education system to acknowledge and reward creativity and creative thinking. It sparked a lot of conversation amongst our audience and I have no doubt it will trigger an international debate once the talk is online." 

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Professor Penaluna is recognised across the world for his work embedding business and enterprise skills within education. He has advised the United Nations, the European Commission and individual governments across the world, and is responsible for writing the world’s first creative entrepreneurship curriculum now embedded at all levels across educational institutions in Macedonia. His work has been recognised through a number of high-profile accolades, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015.

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TEDxSwansea took place on Saturday 4 June in the Arts Wing at Swansea Grand Theatre. The event sold out within three days of going on sale in January.

TEDxSwansea sponsors include: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), South Wales Evening Post, Unit 4, Brightseed Digital Creative Agency and Buffoon Film and Media.

For more information about TEDxSwansea, please visit, @TedxSwansea on Twitter, and ‘TEDxSwansea’ on Facebook.




Note to Editor

Notes to Editors

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at