Media Release: STAR students work on enterprise skills with SIE at Aberdeen University

STAR Awards students

STUDENTS on Aberdeen University’s Students Taking Active Roles (STAR) Award programme are receiving sessions on enterprise skills and how to start their own business from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE).

The STAR Award programme provides a framework for developing useful skills outside of the classroom and receiving recognition for work with other students and the local community. The goal of the programme is to help students make themselves more employable and increase their prospects on graduation. 220 students have signed up for the programme in 2013-14.

The first of the SIE sessions in November helped students see how they could use their own skills and experiences to find solutions to problems, and opportunities to start their own businesses. Feedback was very positive, and more sessions are planned before Christmas.

Commenting on the sessions, Eloise Leeson, STAR Award project officer, said:

“SIE have had a fantastic influence on the students so far, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are very grateful to have had their brilliant input on the STAR Award this year. I am very excited to see the next two sessions take place, and I know the students are too.

Dawn Shand, SIE regional business advisor, who is assisting at the sessions, continued:

“It’s great to support the programme at Aberdeen and work with such motivated students. Enterprise skills are a very useful ‘feather’ to have on your cap, and open up so many possibilities for students. Whether this is starting up their own business or getting the confidence to speak up and share their ideas. The sky’s the limit!”


Pictured: STAR Award students

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Scott McKellar, marketing communications manager
Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE), Top Floor, 11 Southpark Terrace, Glasgow, G12 8LG
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Notes to Editor

  1. Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE):

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is a national organisation for promoting and supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s universities and colleges. Working closely with local institutions, SIE gives students the opportunity to develop enterprise skills and the chance to start their own business. It does this through business competitions, workshops and enterprise activities. SIE also runs an annual Student Enterprise Summit, with high profile speakers drawn from Scotland’s successful entrepreneurs.

SIE is working closely with a number of institutions on their enterprise programmes and has run nearly 50 supporting workshops across Scotland since the start of the current academic year.

  1. Students Taking Active Roles (STAR) Award programme

The STAR Award programme at Aberdeen University provides students with a framework to support their skills and attribute development outside the classroom. It is also an opportunity to achieve recognition for their contribution to a wide range of Students’ Association, on-campus/peer support and community-based/volunteering based roles affiliated with the University.

The programme is designed around five employability-related Aberdeen graduate attributes.

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