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Julie joins Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) team as SIE Intern for UWS

SIE logoJulie McElroy has been appointed as an intern with Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) at the University of the West of Scotland, (UWS) for the academic session of 2015/2016. Julie will join Angela Castellano in the role, as SIE seeks to expand its services to more students across the university’s campuses

Julie is currently a final year PhD student based within the School of Computing and Engineering at UWS. Julie from Glasgow, was born both profoundly deaf and with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the messages sent between the brain and the muscles, which affects her movements and coordination. Angela is a second year undergraduate studying ‘Web and Mobile Development’ in the School of Computing and will be reprising her role having started with SIE in a voluntary Ambassador position last year before becoming an SIE intern in full.

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise exists to help Scotland’s Higher Education students to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and skill-set through encouragement and support structures designed to assist them in launching new for-profit and non-profit ventures. The SIE Intern Programme is one of the key ways this is achieved.

Julie and Angela’s remit with the Scottish Institute of Enterprise (SIE) will be to complement the current activities of the SIE team – working closely to support initiatives which stimulate entrepreneurship within the student population at their institution. The key requirement will be to support SIE activities and initiatives, but also to support locally based projects, for the benefit of UWS.

The main goal of the SIE Intern is to use peer-to-peer communication to raise awareness of and engagement with entrepreneurship and enterprise through SIE and other programmes, events and services.

Speaking of this appointment, Julie says ‘I am delighted to be joining the Scottish Institute for Enterprise to promote entrepreneurial and innovation for the University of the West of Scotland. I am looking forward to engaging with the students and staff communities at the University to ensure they are aware of resources available to consider entrepreneurship. Working closely with Scottish Institute for Enterprise will ensure we can set out together, across Higher Education achieving a collective-impact approach through unleashing the entrepreneurial spirits, wealth of knowledge, talent and creativity that will economically benefit our nation in the future.”

Kieran Smyth, Regional Intern Coordinator and Intern Trainer who recruited Julie as an Intern this year says “It is really great to have Julie on board as part of the SIE team. She has an impressive knowledge of the entrepreneurial landscape and has so much to bring, not just to the role of intern at UWS but to the intern programme as a whole. I am sure that between her and Angela, we are on the verge of an explosion of entrepreneurial activity at UWS.”

The Careers & Employability Team wish Julie every success in her new role and we look forward to working with both of our SIE interns in the coming year.

Are you a UWS 2014 graduating student with an idea for a new creative business?

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Graduate Business Incubator Opportunity

Are you a UWS 2014 graduating student with an idea for a new creative business?

The UWS Creative Media Academy, in partnership with the succesful Entrepreneurial Spark Hatchery, is offering an individual or a creative team a free 6 month creative industries mentorship and business programme of activities based in Dundonald, East Ayrshire and at the UWS Ayr Campus.

The successful candidate/s will have access to film/broadcast/audio/computing equipment and facilities as well as a bespoke creative industries mentorship programme.  The UWS Creative Media Academy will also support the successful team with a £1000 travel bursary.

This programme will complement the existing E-Spark Hatchery programme that offers budding entrepreneurs a calendar of activities including the opportunity to apply for a further 12 month business support and the chance to pitch for funding from a £60,000 investment fund.

Our new intake starts on the 31st July 2014 with a 5 day bootcamp which the winning team leader would attend.

Deadline for applications Monday 18th July 2014 (interviews to be held 24th July 2014, Ayr)



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