Leeds academic shortlisted for Enterprise Educator of the Year 2014

Dr Samantha Pugh from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MaPS) has been shortlisted for the National Enterprise Educator in HE 2014 award.

The National Centre for Enterprise Education (NCEE) and the Entrepreneurship Educators UK (EEUK) selected Dr Pugh for the prestigious award, which recognises excellence in the development and delivery of enterprise education in UK Higher Education institutions. The award focuses on embedding changed practices and approaches in a sustainable manner.

Dr Pugh’s nomination is in recognition of her work to embed employability and enterprise education across MaPS.  In 2010, Samantha set about changing the undergraduate curriculum across the faculty to increase the business and commercial awareness skills of our undergraduate students.  She has demonstrated an active approach to involving employers in the design, development and delivery of modules through the establishment and use of Industrial Advisory Boards.

Students themselves have also been crucial in informing the developments that have taken place through their ongoing feedback and involvement.

Dr Pugh's work has had a significant impact on the experience offered to undergraduates within MaPS, with many students stating that the modules have provided them with the opportunity to develop skills that would help them in their future careers.  Other students have reported that they felt their experience on the module had been instrumental in helping them to secure a year in industry placement.

Samantha has already identified a range of plans for how she will continue to build upon these developments in 2014/15.

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