UWTSD hosts talk by renowned expert in entrepreneurial education

05.11.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was delighted to host a talk from one of the University’s Visiting Professors, Dr Colin Jones at our new £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

Professor Simon Haslett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International and Enhancement), formally welcomed Dr Jones on his return visit to UWTSD, having previously delivered a keynote address at the Wales NEXUS Conference in Swansea in 2017.

Professor Haslett said:  “UWTSD is championing scholarship and research linked to learning and teaching in general but has, as one of its enhancement themes, a focus on entrepreneurial education. We are delighted to host such a highly-respected international scholar as Dr Jones as part of the University’s enhancement programme and are greatly encouraged by the wide engagement of colleagues in his seminar.”

Dr Jones, from the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Education is an inspirational world-renowned expert in the field of employability, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

He joined QUT’s School of Management in January 2016, having held a similar position at the University of Tasmania since 2001. A late comer to the world of academia, Dr Jones has owned and operated many service-related businesses. In the early eighties, he gained a trade qualification working as a Diesel Fitter.

During the late eighties a move into the financial investments sector provided another outlet for his passion of helping people. This was followed by his development of the VIP Home Services franchise group throughout Tasmania. He also created and took to market a unique educational product, imported tractors for resale and worked as a business consultant in a diverse range of industries. 

Dr Jones coordinated the Entrepreneurship major at the University of Tasmania from 2004 to 2015, teaching into Postgraduate subjects as well. His move to QUT provides an opportunity to further contribute to the development of authentic entrepreneurship and enterprise education that is transformation and real in its development and delivery.

 

Dr Jones’s research interests include entrepreneurship and enterprise education and the application of autecology in the social sciences. He has received many awards for his teaching and research including: Vice Chancellor’s Citation Award for Teaching Excellence (UTAS) in 2015, Outstanding Paper Award at Emerald Literati Networks Awards for Excellence (International Journal of Organizational Analysis) in 2013 and Outstanding Reviewer Award at Emerald Literati Networks Awards for Excellence (Management Decision) in 2011.

Dr Jones has been invited to speak on topics related to entrepreneurship and enterprise education at the United Nations, The World Entrepreneurship Forum and at more than 30 international universities.

Dr Jones’s talk at UWTSD was the first of a number of activities offered around the 2018/20 Enhancement theme ‘Employment and Employability’.

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