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Role of higher education in supporting the social enterprise sector

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Role of higher education in supporting the social enterprise sector
Location: Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill Rural Enterprise Park, X91 FVF9, County Waterford
Cost: Free, but booking required
Contact: Please register your place on or before 1 November at 5pm.
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This seminar will appeal to policy-makers, policy-implementers, social entrepreneurs, social enterprise support agencies, academic staff and Higher Education management. It is organised by Dr. Mary Fenton in the Department of Education at WIT in conjunction with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

This seminar aims to:

  • Discuss the growing importance of social enterprise to the Irish economy
  • Debate the role of HEIs in the development, recognition and legitimacy of the social enterprise sector through curriculum development and other teaching and learning initiatives
  • Assess the scope for HEIs partnering with Social Enterprises on curriculum-related projects e.g., applied undergraduate and postgraduate project work, case studies of local and regional social enterprises etc.
  • Explore how HEIs can build the capacity of people already working within the social enterprise sector.


  • Dr Senan Cooke, Author of The Enterprising Communities
  • Ms Tammy Darcy, CEO and Founder Shona Project
  • Ms Laura Dennehy, Head of Development, Enactus Ireland
  • Mr John Evoy, Social Enterprise Development Manager, Social Innovation Fund
  • Mr Richard Gavin, APO, Department of Rural and Community Development

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