Free innovation and enterprise e-course for 16-18 year olds

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, 16– 22November, Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics is launching an e-learning course for secondary school students, years 12 and 13.

The free six-week e-learning course has been developed by experts from the School of Business and Economics, and is exclusively for 16-18 year olds who have an interest in managing innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students will learn by watching videos, listening to audio, reading articles and engaging with other learners in discussion activities in an online forum.

A suite of inspiring video case studies has also been created specifically for this course, focusing on six University graduates who have all recently created successful businesses.

Students are expected to study between one and two hours a week for five to six weeks using a mobile, tablet or desktop computer.

This online degree-level course is aimed specifically at secondary students to help them prepare students for university level study, gain a University Certificate of Accomplishment and enhance CV and university applications.

Dr Julie Holland, Director of the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education and lecturer for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship programmes in London said: “This course is intended for students who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and for people who have their own business ideas for products and services and want to take action to make these ideas a reality.

"This course will not only introduce students to some academic theory behind innovation and enterprise but will also provide practical skills needed to make the innovation process happen.”

The course is free of charge and will start on Monday 16 November 2015.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.