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Karen Bill, Associate Dean at the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, was made an Entrepreneurship Education Fellow by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE).John Courtin, Karen Bill, Chris Hall, Professor Paul Hannon
The award recognises her achievements as a future leader in enterprise education, and Karen was inaugurated during a Gala Dinner at Liverpool Cathedral.  The new Fellowships create a network of expertise that will help to shape the success of entrepreneurship at universities and further education institutions.
Karen has developed entrepreneurship at the University of Wolverhampton and during her previous role at the University of Worcester by organising the first ever Sports Enterprise Fest, delivering a University staff wide workshop on enterprise and designing undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sports, music production and tourism and hospitality entrepreneurship.
She has also assisted a number of sports graduates to enter the SPEED programme, which enables students to start their own business alongside their studies, and compete in regional competitions such as Bizcom. Karen has been successful in obtaining different funds to support technology enhanced learning around sports enterprise education.
Karen said: “I would like to thank both the University of Wolverhampton and Worcester for their support and Advantage West Midlands for providing financial support. To compete in today's jobs market, graduates not only need their academic knowledge but must also be enterprising.
“This twelve month programme has enabled me to demonstrate leadership capabilities and to apply them in a higher education context to support both student and institutional change. I am delighted to receive this award and am optimistic that these awards will provide a catalyst in contributing to the further development and growth of entrepreneurial universities.”
Karen also completed the first International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (IEEP), held at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) last week. The innovative programme seeks to create future leaders who will shape their teaching and learning environments to develop entrepreneurship in students and graduates, and was led by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship (NCGE) and Enterprise Educators UK.

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Picture: John Courtin, Vice-President of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Karen Bill from the University of Wolverhampton; Chris Hall, Chair Designate of Entrepreneurship Educators UK; and Professor Paul Hannon, NCGE Director of Research and Education.
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