Enactus Sheffield, a student-run company specialising in social enterprise projects in Sheffield and around the world, has representatives from all faculties at the university, though around 50 per cent of students who work with them are studying at the Management School.
The team is back in the country after competing in Beijing and reaching the semi-finals. Needless to say, the Management School is very proud of their achievements. Managing Director of Enactus Sheffield, undergraduate Accounting and Financial Management student Caroline Turner, spoke to us about the experience:
“Being able to present on the World Stage was genuinely an incredible experience. One of the reasons we worked so hard over the summer was to showcase our projects to their best in front of the top students, business leaders and academics from around the world. Seeing the support worldwide for our projects and how they are some of the best projects in the world was very rewarding for all our hard work.
“We were very fortunate that due to the support of the University, the Management School and USE we were able to take 23 students to Beijing with us. There was an incredible group feeling and we had a great time experiencing such a different culture. We travelled all over Beijing whilst we were there and got to experience the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.
“The Enactus World Cup isn’t just about the competition, although being placed in the top eight teams in the world and losing out by only three points to the eventual winners [China] was a big achievement. World Cup is about being inspired, seeing the best teams in the world, and the collective difference the Enactus programme can make all over the world. In fact, one of the best parts of World Cup is the culture fair where each country showcases specialities from their own countries through dance, music, costume and giveaways – not many people can say they’ve experienced 36 cultures in one afternoon!”
We asked Caroline what she had planned for her second year as Managing Director of Enactus Sheffield: “For me, it’s mainly about sustainability – this year we actually had no plans to win Nationals as we were on a two-year plan! We want to make the projects we have even bigger and better and we’re starting new ones for the team to build upon and share with the UK long after I graduate. I am proud to lead an absolutely incredible and inspirational team and I’m sure great things are coming from all of them this year.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of the University and specifically the ongoing support of USE and the Management School. In an organisation like Enactus where there’s a complete change in management nearly every year, the constant presence of our academic advisors is invaluable. We also receive all different kinds of support including booking rooms, finance, logistics and, most importantly, advice! Of course, Enactus is all about putting skills the Management School teaches into practice in a real business environment. The Management School is a fantastic supporter of Enactus and has been for many years.”
Dr Jon Burchell, senior lecturer in management at the School, said: “As an Enactus Sheffield advisor I am, of course, immensely proud of what the team have achieved – winning nationals and doing so well in China. My role in their success is advisory, meaning the fantastic students, led by Caroline, deserve all of the credit. They are changing so many lives through their projects, and I can’t wait to see what they do next year. Onwards and upwards.”