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Welcome to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Inc. Foundation Framework) and Business Entrepreneurship (Top Up)

Before you arrive in September:

Make sure you have made arrangements to attend the Welcome and Induction Week.                       

Information will be emailed to you directly about the Welcome and Induction Week. 

Welcome to Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

During welcome and Induction week you have timetabled sessions as well as the opportunity to have a one to one meeting with your Personal Tutor. 

Should you have any questions email Katie, your Programme Leader (details below).

Supporting Your Success

Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:

Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year.

Getting to Know You (Session 1)

Date: 01-09-20

Time: 10am – 12pm

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/ae7da6ebbb7a41c2bd603d08a4676bcd 

What the live session will cover:

You will meet your Programme Leader who will explain how the Welcome and Induction sessions will work. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the course and get further prepared for the start of term. This session is all about getting to know your course team and fellow students, something which is really important.

The aim of this session is to help you begin to meet new people, make new friends and get to know the staff team who will be with you over the course of your studies.

1.    Pre-Work

Your task: If someone were to ask you the following questions, what would your response be:

  • What groups and communities do you belong to and what ones would you like to belong to at University?
  • What values define you as an individual?
  • What do you most want to achieve by coming to University?
  • What does it mean to be part of a University community?
  • What 3 things will challenge you most about being at University?

As with the tasks for all these sessions, it is up to you what you choose to share during the live sessions.

This pre-work should take you about 20 minutes.

Introduction to Learning and Teaching on your Programme (Session 2)

Date: 08-09-20

Time: 10am – 12pm

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/c8bc019110b54b6cb67db7c8c09bb045 

What the live session will cover:

In this session we will look at what you need to succeed when you start your course. We will look at some key approaches to your studies and how to get the most out of them. We will be looking ahead to engaging with businesses as part of your course and some of the trips we will be taking to enhance your experience.

The purpose of this session is to learn more about how learning and teaching will work on your programme of study and meet your teaching team for this year. This will also be a great time to talk about how we have made our campus ‘Covid Secure’ and if there are any particular arrangements you need to be aware of depending on what you are studying.

1.    Pre-Work

Your task: Take some time to familiarise yourself with How We Teach. This page provides an overview of how we personalise your learning to ensure that you get the best experience possible. We will use this page as the basis for our discussions in the live session, where we will explore what this looks like for your programme of study, and in line with the latest guidance around Covid-19.

Please also click on the link to find out more about how we use digital technologies not only to support your studies, but also to prepare you for living and working in the modern world.

You may want to have a go at The Induction Investigation … an online, puzzle-based challenge to introduce you to the work of Library and Learning Services and how they support all students. This challenge can be undertaken individually but is more fun if completed in a team.

This pre-work should take you about half an hour.

Supporting Your Success (Session 3)

Date: 15-09-20

Time: 10am – 12pm

Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/112257350a864fca829080279c7afa87 

What the live session will cover:

During the online session, we will think about what it means to come to University and be part of the wider University Community. You will have an opportunity to ask those questions that you haven’t yet found an answer to. In preparation, you might like to think about what coming to University means for you in particular – your hopes and dreams and also to think about what you might find challenging. Don’t worry – you only have to share what you are comfortable to talk about.

The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the different teams and services around the University who can support you in your studies and help you identify which of these you need to engage with.

1.    Pre-Work

Your task: Visit the University Supporting You webpages to find out more about all our teams. The core teams you should find out about include:

Make a note of those teams that you think will be particularly helpful. Discussing these with your Personal Tutor during your 1:1 meeting with them will help you make a good start to your academic year, although if you want to contact them earlier, their details are available online.

This pre-work should take you about half an hour.

Welcome Video

Your Programme Leader

Katie Pascoe

Katie Pascoe

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Email: Katie.Pascoe@northampton.ac.uk

Resources & Activities

Useful Sites

        

 

Icebreaker activity:

There are many ‘tests’ out there which go some way to describing how entrepreneurial a persons intentions may be. Here are a couple for you to test yourself.
*Health warning: these sorts of tests are always very subjective, so don’t take the results too seriously!*

What’s your entrepreneur I.Q? Take the test to find out:

Entrepreneur I.Q
 

 Entrepreneur psychometric test:

Psychometrictest

 

Learning Development Activities

Reading Lists & Documents

  • Deakins and Freel (2009). Entrepreneurship and Small Firms 5th ed. McGraw Hill

  • Kirby D (2003). Entrepreneurship. McGraw Hill

  • Storey and Greene (2010), Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Prentice Hall. (this text is also used in your second year)

 

 

Changemaker – Local business visits

 

Preparing For Your First Year Of Study

Top five study tips from the Learning Development team!
How can I study successfully at the University of Northampton? Your top five tips from the Learning Development Team:
1. Be Prepared

Becoming a university student requires you to step up your independent learning skills. You need to be able to plan, research and write assignments on your own, which may be something you have not done before. Read through Palgrave's tips for Personal Effectiveness and Independent Study to learn more about the skills you will start to develop as a new undergraduate. 

2. Invest in a planner

Independent learning means that you are in control of your timetable and how you spend your time, so use your time wisely. You will be given times and locations of seminars, workshops and other sessions you have to attend as part of your course at the start. You will also need to allocate time for reading, researching and completing assignments, as well as for all your social activities: get a head start by watching our video What is time management?

3. Fine tune your voice

You might worry that you will not be able to write at the level expected of a university student. At the University of Northampton we take this into consideration and provide lots of support to help you. Go to our online support for academic writing for further guidance. 

4. Get into an argument

Writing critically and developing an argument for your essays and reports is a skill that you will develop throughout your first year of university. Review the guide on how to write more critically to help you understand the process to enhance your critical thinking

5. Know who can help you

Going to university is exciting but it can also be a challenge. We know that students may need a helping hand at any time during their studies, which is why we are here to help. You can book an appointment with a Learning Development tutor for help and guidance with study skills or academic writing, as well as support with maths and statistics. Find out more about the services on offer at the Learning Development page on Skills Hub. You can also find out more about other sources of 1-2-1 help - including our academic librarians - by going to our Study Support page.