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New Msc Entrepreneurship grounded in workplace experience

Monday, October 29th, 2012

With the technology sector remaining one of the most popular fields to work in, the benefits of taking a postgraduate course with links to the sector in place cannot be underestimated.

A recent Daily Telegraph article discussed how further study can help a career in the technology sector. Dr Tim Vorley spoke about the benefits of the links The Management School has in place for the MSc Entrepreneurship which is launching in 2013-14. “One of the strengths of this programme is our links with University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE), which has a strong tradition of supporting student start-ups. USE has launched an incubator this year for Sheffield students and alumni and this will be open to students on the MSc”.

The idea behind the incubator is to provide space for students who have set up their own businesses to develop their ideas. Philip Moehring of Seedcamp, Europe’s leading micro-seed investment fund and mentoring program, warned that firms in the sector often  have fewer than 10 employees and many who work in technology investment  have built their own start-ups making it rare for anyone to enter without relevant work experience. With the lack of career path possibilities from a junior level in the technology sector, the MSc in Entrepreneurship, along with the Incubator, gives students the opportunities to build a career. The course develops entrepreneurial skills through a student project, which could lead to starting up a business enterprise.

Dr. Vorley explained how the course will look at the different options when it comes to funding, from venture capital and private equity to commercial banks. “It looks at the life cycle of the business, from seed funding for the development to venture capital funding for rapid and mature growth.”

The Management School MSc in Entrepreneurship has been designed to provide alternative pathways for those who wish to develop knowledge of entrepreneurship and through the Careers service will be put in touch with a .wide range of employers; these connections can then be used as the first step to building a career in the sector.

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Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Entrepreneurship Closing Date: 30 July 2012

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

We are looking for a research-active Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Entrepreneurship. The successful applicant will take a pro-active role in enhancing the Management School’s reputation for high quality and innovative teaching and research. Applications are therefore invited from candidates capable of delivering first class research and an excellent student experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. To see the research interests of current staff working in this area, please see

Applicants will hold a PhD in a relevant area (or have equivalent experience), will have teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications, and have a demonstrable interest in developing teaching and research.

Additionally, applicants for the post of Senior Lecturer will have a strong track record in teaching and academic supervision, as well as an international research profile and a successful record of identifying and capturing peer-reviewed funding. A strong background in the development and improvement of teaching and research practice is also required.

More about the job(s) and how to apply

Management School academics awarded best paper and best presentation in Sofia

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams were awarded both the best paper and best presentation award at a conference on the subject of Economic Resilience, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development that they attended in Sofia in June.

The conference was the 5th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. More details about the conference can be found here.

The title of the paper was “Economic Resilience and Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Sheffield City Region” and focused on investigating how entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking in individuals and in organisations can affect an economy’s resilience, even in challenging economic times.

Resilience is an emerging concept within the social sciences, which has been employed to examine economic performance and responsiveness to shocks such as the 2007 financial crisis. The concept of resilience has been applied to examine individual and organizational resilience as well as studying the performance of regional, local and city economies. Drawing on evidence from a case study of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Dr Vorley’s and Dr Williams’ paper contributes to the emergent literature by considering the link between entrepreneurship and economic resilience.

Entrepreneurship has come to be viewed as integral to sustaining a dynamic and diverse economy, by stimulating competition, driving innovation, creating employment and increasing productivity. As such entrepreneurship is being fore fronted in policy debates as an important aspect in creating more resilient economies and also providing an engine for economic growth.

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams

Dr Tim Vorley and Dr Nick Williams accept their awards in Sofia.