European arts and humanities students (A&H) face challenges with accessing graduate level employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. These courses typically do not have a direct route to the job market, reflected in higher unemployment and lower salaries. There can be a lack of knowledge from academics about aligning subject expertise with wider industry need as well as a lack of recognition by businesses of the wider benefits and skill sets of A&H graduates.
Dedicated support in HEIs for entrepreneurial activity has been mainly focused on business, economics and ICT faculties (UBI). A&H Students come from a very different starting point, with education and skills that do not meet industry need in an obvious way. Therefore, a fresh approach is needed to develop a tailored A&H entrepreneurship model that improves the long-term entrepreneurial prospects for A&H students.
The AHEH alliance will: – Bring together 14 partners from across 7 EU member states to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of A&H students. – Jointly research, design, test and disseminate an innovative programme of entrepreneurial training for A&H staff/ students aligned with the EntreComp Competence Framework.
This builds upon partners’ prior experience of EU-funded enterprise projects.
- Have HEIs, businesses and stakeholders working together to champion the value of A&H students to a wider audience and ensure that industry need is reflected in the training programmes.
- Create 7 new A&H Entrepreneurship Hubs situated in partner faculties. These will be the specialist conduits for permanently improving the entrepreneurial skill-sets of A&H staff and students as well as a template for wider exploitation.
- Create a website that will complement the 7 Hubs as an ongoing resource-base for disseminating/exploiting outputs. These include:
- 3 training programmes: HEI, A&H Students, Businesses
- 3 manuals: Trainers, Users, AHEH Managementù
- 2 contextual reports: Academic & Business
Over recent years, HEI/business cooperation has included the creation of “spaces” for students to develop entrepreneurial skills, a need identified in EntreComp. This trend has focused mainly on courses where both the subject and the academic expertise align with industry (business, ICT etc.). This is reflected in UBI’s top 10 university business incubators.