University of Portsmouth (Organisational unit)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network or group

Description of Activity

Member of the Creative Students, Creating Business project.

The Creative Students, Creating Business (CSCB) project at the University of Portsmouth aims to research, develop and test models of teaching and learning when students are engaged with external organisations, referred to as Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange (SEKE).

The CSCB project, which runs until the end of March 2022, is one of 20 SEKE projects in UK Universities awarded funding by the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation.

CSCB brings the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and the Faculty of Business and Law together to work collaboratively on both research and the production of a practical toolkit for the UK higher education sector, that improves SEKE outcomes for students, academics and external organisations.

Researching 100 projects across over 30 modules from the 2 faculties, this ambitious project will involve some 600 students and 200 KE actors (i.e. external organisations and UoP academics). A SEKE project is defined as one or more students, supported by a tutor, engaging with a project from an external client.

Project Strands
- Primary research involving 100 SEKE projects.
- Secondary research into the literature and practices of SEKE.
- Development of a Toolkit for HE sector to help others create and enhance their SEKE projects.

From the research, we will identify good practices in SEKE, enablers to their realisation, and success factors that lead to benefits for students, academics and external organisations.

The research will also identify common barriers to effective SEKE learning. CSCB will consider factors beyond the classroom such as improvements to student recruitment, employment, and diversity.We also aim to improve SEKE practice by drawing on the experiences and skills of the academics involved in the teaching of SEKE modules.

This work, alongside the research, will contribute towards the development of a new toolkit, building on identified good resources and practices that support effective SEKE. Ultimately, CSCB will focus on providing practical tools that help students, academics and external organisations to participate in mutually beneficial SEKE learning, in accessible and engaging ways.
Period15 Jun 2021 → …
Held atUniversity of Portsmouth
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Student Engagement in Knowledge Exchange
  • Creative Students Creating Business
  • Real projects
  • Live projects