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Enthusing students about social enterprise

Published: 11 October 2013

Lecturer in Sociology Dr Pathik Pathak has been outlining the University of Southampton’s vision for student social enterprise in The Guardian.

Pathik, the Director of the University’s Social Enterprise Network, was on a panel of expert commentators who answered questions on the subject in a live online Q&A session. His article advising British universities on how to set up a social enterprise curriculum is also on the Guardian website.

In the same month, a team of student social entrepreneurs from the University came second in a major international contest. They presented their projects in Southampton and Africa to judges at the Enactus World Cup in Mexico. This is a global not-for-profit organisation that mobilises university students to make a difference to communities and develop their skills as socially responsible business leaders and Southampton has been involved in its activities for several years.

Pathik has devised a special interactive and practical interdisciplinary module to introduce students to social enterprise which is open to undergraduates from all disciplines. He has been teaching and inspiring students about the subject at Southampton for more than seven years and praises the University’s approach: “The more inclusive the vision of entrepreneurship – and the more enterprise connects to the institution’s other strengths in research, innovation and outreach – the better,” he says.

More exciting activities are in the pipeline. In collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, Pathik is working on plans for an international social enterprise camp in 2014.

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