Westminster Higher Education Forum

Developing student and graduate entrepreneurship - enterprise in the curriculum, targeted support and the growing role for social enterprise

Morning, Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Central London


This conference will focus on how universities can best support students and graduates to start their own businesses and scale them up.

Delegates will discuss how to foster a culture of enterprise across the university including the impact of the Small Business Charter on how business schools support entrepreneurs, the creation of student-led enterprise societies and embedding enterprise in the curriculum.

Further sessions will look at the growing role of social entrepreneurship as an attractive pathway for graduates and the distinct challenges this presents - as well as what kind of support is most important for aspirant graduate entrepreneurs and how universities, accelerators and the finance sector can best meet these needs.

We expect attendees to include university leaders, enterprise departments, business schools and academics from other disciplines; banks, Start-Up Loan delivery partners, crowdfunding platforms and other lenders; Local Enterprise Partnerships; local authorities; consultancies; law firms and others with an interest in this important area of policy.

Guest of Honour

Pete Seddon

Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE

Guest of Honour

Pete Seddon

Senior Higher Education Policy Advisor, HEFCE

Keynote Speaker

Anne Kiem

Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools


Baroness Howells of St Davids

Lord Bilimoria

Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Founder and Chairman, Cobra Beer Partnership


Ceri Nursaw

Chief Executive, National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education

Philip Clegg

Head of Student and Graduate Business Start-Up, The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, University of Huddersfield

Dr Millie Mockford

University Teacher, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Professor Simon Denny

Executive Dean, Research, Impact & Enterprise, The University of Northampton

Bernice O’Reilly

Head of Government Affairs, The Start-Up Loans Company

Nickala Torkington

Partnership Support Manager, UnLtd

Gary Stewart

Director, Wayra UK; Director, Telefónica Open Future_ (UK) and Entrepreneur-In-Residence, IE Business School, Madrid

Gurpreet Jagpal

Chair, Enterprise Educators UK; Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation and Chief Executive Officer, South Bank University Enterprises, London South Bank University

James Eder

Founder and Chief Collision Creator, Causr

Paul Massey

General Counsel, Crowdcube

Jamie Mui

President, Enactus University College London