11th October 2001
Science students at the University of Lincoln will be taught business skills in future thanks to a grant to encourage entrepreneurship in the science community.
The university learned this week that it has been awarded a grant worth £165,000 from Science Enterprise Challenge, a government fund aimed at boosting entrepreneurial education for science and engineering students.
The money will be used by the Department of Biological and Food Science to provide a senior lecturer who will introduce entrepreneurship into the science curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level from next year.
“This is a very important grant and we’re very pleased,” commented Prof Brian McGaw, head of the department.
“The government sees science as an area which will generate prosperity in the future, but there’s a perception that British scientists don’t know anything about business, which I think is probably true.
“Incorporating a business element into the classes attended by our science students will increase their business literacy and give them more confidence in setting up on their own after they graduate from university.”
The university is likely to appoint a science academic with some business experience early next year.
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