Covid-19 has impacted every sector of the economy in the UK since lockdown began in March, and as each week passes the spread of the virus is affecting economies globally.
Edinburgh Napier has graduates from 170 countries and in the last full academic year alone the Business School welcomed students from 130 countries, who studied with us on campus, online or through our partners in Transnational Education.
To support empowerment, enterprise and employability for all.
As an applied university we study business for the benefit of businesses and entrepreneurs, not as an abstract or theoretical discipline. So in this unprecedented period we have been active across all subject areas to directly support as many business owners as possible.
Here’s a snapshot of activity that we hope contains something of value to you and your challenge at this time.
Around 120 alumni of the Destination Leaders Programme (DLP), which is a joint initiative delivered for the past seven years by Edinburgh Napier University and Scottish Enterprise for tourism industry professionals, devised ‘Getting ready for recovery’. It has drawn on the skills, expertise and experience of those in Scotland who were ‘furloughed’, or on a reduced working pattern, to help address some of the challenges that inevitably face Scotland’s tourism sector as it looks towards travel and events post-covid.
The aim has been to provide targeted support and mentoring that can help small tourism businesses identify actions, outputs and outcomes that help them recover. Four projects were taken up, focused on objectives that underpin The Scottish Tourism Strategy to 2030, as well as wider topics that touched on destination leadership, development, management, industry resilience and recovery, and destination promotion.
The initiative was supported by Professor Jane Ali-Knight, working with existing groups such as ETAG [Edinburgh Tourism Action Group] and STERG [Scottish Tourism Emergency Response Group].
The Tourism study area also ran a free online course through FutureLearn.com, which helped small tourism businesses understand the power of data they hold or can access in helping them market themselves more effectively at this critical time.
In collaboration with Edinburgh Napier’s start-up hub, Bright Red Triangle, The Business School has been proactive in building links with social enterprise, the business community and the public sector. In 2019, Edinburgh was named the first UK member of Cities Can B, a bid led by Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce with other stakeholders including Edinburgh Napier University. The programme delivers solutions to community-led initiatives from the grassroots up, drawing on expertise and resources from city stakeholders. Likewise, we are supporting businesses that want to support of UN Sustainable Development Goals. To build capacity for this, we have launched the “Business for good” research and enterprise thematic area, which Dr Hock Tan wrote about in a recent feature in The Scotsman.
Colleagues from across the School hosted the first in a series of online discussions, in May, involving leading investors, philanthropists and social enterprises. It is looking at how bridges can be built between ‘business for purpose’ and the investment community – referred to as impact investment.
Our colleagues in HR have developed a series of Reflective Papers working with industry practitioners, the most recent focused on recruitment in the voluntary sector.
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