Business Students - Take Up challenge

This project is a 6 week programme to develop entrepreneurial spirit, confidence, communication skills and team building in primary school children whilst raising their aspirations to pursue a university education.

Outline of Activity

This is a project aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of P6/P7 primary school children by using student mentors, from Ulster University Business School, to deliver in-class sessions culminating in a dragons den style event thereby enhancing student employability skills. The programme involves the delivery of a number of topics by business studies students including: developing business ideas, what is marketing, how to develop a brand, where do products come from and presenting ideas to a dragons den panel. Students from the Ulster University Business School involved in the project receive full training in delivering this short intervention and are then assigned to schools which meet the criteria for widening access. The overall aim is to support the undergraduate students to develop their skills simultaneously whilst building and enhancing the Ulster brand in the community.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes associated with this include:

  • Developing mentoring experience
  • Upskilling undergraduates in terms of project management, communication skills and professional engagement in the workplace
  • Ability to develop and demonstrate a breadth of mentoring skills/learning strategies to support the P6/P7 children in developing marketing and entrepreneurial knowledge.

Assessment Details

This module will be assessed as follows:

  1. Successful completion of pre-training to deliver the intervention
  2. Successfully completing 5 week intervention for one hour per week with nominated primary school and final week 6 dragons den event
  3. Completion of survey to demonstrate impact of intervention on employability skills after the intervention has been delivered.

Level of Commitment

22 hours to include

Training session

1 x 8 hour

Programme delivery

6 x 1 hour


6 hours

Celebratory event for primary school

2 hours


Related Staff

Dr Laura Bradley-Mc Cauley

Associate Head of Department of Global Business and Enterprise
Department of Global Bus. & Enterprise
+44 28 7167 5324
ML102 - Magee campus

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