UWTSD to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

05.11.2018

A large ice sculpture in Swansea’s Castle Square will form part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018. (November 12 - 18)

The carving of the ice sculpture on Monday, November 12, will be undertaken by James Tottle, an experienced ice sculptor and will mark a celebration of creativity in the city. James has represented Wales in ice carving competitions across Europe, taking first place for his designs in Slovakia last year.

Kathryn Penaluna, Enterprise Manager and Associate Professor in Enterprise Education at UWTSD, said: “We gave our students the challenge of promoting UWTSD’s work and of course our world leading International Institute IICED soon became a focus of their thinking. Creativity is as solid as ice in terms of what it offers, but creativity can be difficult to teach without experience; it relies on the teacher being able to develop a flow of thinking that can take a learner to new and exciting places. Melting ice is a symbolic representation of this, especially when the subject is hand carved out of a solid block and the mysteries hidden within it first come into view. Until that moment only the ice artist knows what is inside, and just like a new creative thought, it will all come together in a single moment of revelation.”

On Tuesday, November 13, Swansea College of Art will host a morning event at the city's Unit Nineteen in Little Wind Street featuring Ben Reynolds from Urban Foundry and Big Ideas Wales where advice will be given on life after graduation, setting up as a freelancer, self-employment and spotting opportunities.

In the afternoon, from 2pm to 5pm, an Alumni symposium will take place at the same venue featuring talks from Rhian Haf (Glass), Jo Ashburner Farr (Surface Pattern Design), Patrick Carton (Automotive Design) and Andrew Langdon (Product Design.)

On Wednesday, November 14, in the Round Room at the Alex, Kieran Abbott from Big Lemon Creative and Heidi and John of Dirty Little Serifs will be giving talking to students.

Also on the 14th, at the Dylan Thomas Centre at 2pm, Rob James (Digital Architect) from the DVLA will be giving a talk on Technology & Innovation (intrepreneurship) and Mathew Marl will be giving a talk on Agile Development for Project & Technology development within Organisations.

UWTSD is already widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost institutions in creativity-based entrepreneurship education.  The University has spearheaded international efforts to find new ways of supporting students and to equip them for the 21st century working environment, where flexibility and adaptability will be key skills. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

The University will be encouraging students from all disciplines to think about entrepreneurship and to take part in a range of events across each of its campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter. 

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has taken a global lead on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship education and has challenged many theories of business education.  It has also informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches for engaging and enhancing creativity in an enterprise context.  As a result of its work in this field, UWTSD has become one of the best higher education institutions in the country for producing successful graduate start-up businesses.

UWTSD is also home to the International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) – an institute that builds on the global relationships that have developed by its Director, Professor Andy Penaluna and the subsequent heightened level of expertise that his team has.

In addition to supporting its own staff, students and business start-ups by enhancing their skills and abilities in business innovation; IICED works to improve Global understanding of what it means to be an enterprising educator.

The United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, Fiorina Mugione, also recognises the University’s contribution and recently chose UWTSD to support the UN’s Empretec programme, a programme which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

UWTSD is proud to be an enterprise focused University and is delighted to be hosting events across its three campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen and Lampeter during Global Enterprise Week.  Supported by Welsh Government and their Big Ideas Wales initiative, our activities range from ideas competitions, the practicalities of running a small business, and our invaluable entrepreneurial alumni returning to share their inspirational journeys.

To find out more about the University’s work go to http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/iiced/ 

https://genglobal.org/gew

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

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