By Omkar Singh
Back at the start of this academic year, Omkar Singh shared an article with The Ruskin Journal detailing his ambition to provide an Incubation Centre for students at ARU. The aim of this centre was to provide a space for students to congregate and work together on their ideas. Today, he is here to share an update with us about where the project is now. This update comes in the form of a letter by two of the university’s Vice Chancellors as well as an SU Chief Executive.
This year after discussions with the Students’ Union VP Omkar Singh, ARU has launched a project to consider the further enhancement of enterprise and entrepreneurship support and experiences for our students. This project is sponsored by Prof. Yvonne Barnett, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) whilst the steering group is chaired by Prof Gary Packham, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.
The steering group has agreed to undertake a feasibility study to understand the demand for and sector best practice associated with Enterprise Innovation Centres. These centres include, as part of their offer, business start-up space for students.
As part of the feasibility study, this year’s ‘Big Pitch’ competition is being used as a pilot to measure the demand for and likely engagement with an enterprise centre offering incubation space for students at ARU. In addition, the Faculty of Business and Law has also funded 5 MBA internships for students to support this project. These 5 interns will be working alongside the SU and the VP Business and Law
Both the University and Students’ Union are extremely excited by this programme of work and are fully committed to providing an enterprising future for all our students.
Prof. Yvonne Barnett,
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
Prof Gary Packham,
Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law
Chief Executive, Students’ Union