New degree will help steer entrepreneurial students to success

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Entrepreneurial students can set up in business as a core part of their degree through an innovative new course to be offered at Teesside University.

Based on a model pioneered in Finland, it involves a style of teaching which sees students direct their own learning as they work towards becoming business leaders.

The BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship is based largely on learning by doing, with guidance and support offered from experienced business coaches and a range of other experts.

The students shape and direct their own learning through participation in team sessions rather than lectures. This involves practical business projects in which the students trade as real businesses to develop their own skills and knowledge.

Run by just a handful of universities worldwide, it is described as a radical approach to business education, with academics and business people involved believing that learning from experience is the best way to teach business skills.

The three-year full-time degree, which is due to launch at the start of the next academic year, will help students to build their knowledge of business, while developing the skills vital to becoming successful and effective.

Teesside University is one of just a few institutions in the UK to offer the degree, which covers management and leadership, market research, finance, business law, strategy and setting up and running a business.

Susan Laing, Dean of Teesside University Business School, said: “This style of learning is in response to the needs of the next generation, to ensure entrepreneurial students are equipped with the essential mind set, attitude and business skills to increase their employability and ensure they can make a real contribution to the economy.”

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Team Entrepreneurship at Teesside University’s Open Day on Saturday (November 18). Book a place at


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