Lancaster University North West Enterprise School

Preston Marriott March 28th– April 1st 2011

Less than 20% of PhD students end up in academia.

How can you prepare for a non-University career?

Enterprise Schools help increase your employability by improving enterprise skills in a highly interactive, group working environment, tutored by experts and guest entrepreneurs. The 2011 Lancaster Enterprise School is open to any PhD student and/or researcher free of charge but places are limited.

The Enterprise School offers opportunities to:

  • gain important knowledge and experience of enterprise
  • develop the personal skills to support a variety of career options
  • practice developing enterprising approaches to new ideas
  • experience of the process of developing and pitching a business plan
  • understand the characteristics of a social enterprise

Lancaster University’s NWES-2011 is an intensive residential course lasting four days in a 4 star hotel set in its own beautiful grounds on the edge of Preston (food and accommodation included). You will be part of one of four teams of eight lead by a tutor and supported by a different business/social enterprise mentor each day, widening the range of coaching and support on offer.

Sessions include:

* generating ideas      * team-working          * business planning

* pitching ideas           * networking               * social enterprises

Activity/action based learning will help you understand approaches to being enterprising with a final competitive Dragons’ Den style session where ideas developed during the School will be judged by our expert panel.

A previous Enterprise School participant summed up her experience like this: ‘The new skills I acquired and the existing ones that I strengthened will be invaluable to my future career, whether that be inside or outside academia’. Her complete reflections on attending are at:

For more details, and to apply contact:

Esti Mardiani-Euers (School Administrator) ( or

Christopher May (School Director) (