Sarah Underwood

Sarah is an Associate Professor of Enterprise and the Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies. She is also the University of Leeds Programme Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; working with high-growth SME owners across the UK. In 2015/16, Sarah’s innovations in developing enterprise activities for students contributed to Leeds University’s recognition with the ‘Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship’ and the Times Higher Education ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ award. This follows the 2014 Small Business Charter Gold award.

Since joining the University of Leeds, Sarah has developed a range of enterprise-related modules and activities for all undergraduates and more specifically for medical and healthcare students. She has established the new discipline of social enterprise at the university and launched many new elective modules as well as an MSc in Enterprise. Sarah has also developed and implemented a number of teaching innovations within the Leeds curriculum, including the Year in Enterprise. Sarah became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2010 and in 2013 she was elected to the board of Enterprise Educators UK and in 2016 became Vice-Chair. Sarah was awarded a full University Student Education Fellowship in 2013 in recognition of her scholarly work.

In addition to her Enterprise activities, Sarah led major strategic projects for Leeds University Business School through the escalation of the faculty’s blended & digital learning portfolio. This culminated in the successful roll-out of more than 1,400 iPads to all postgraduate students in 2014.

Qualifications:

Fellow (Higher Education Academy)
PhD (University of Leeds)
BSc Hons (University of Bristol)

Experience:

2015-present: Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies
2014-present: Associate Professor of Enterprise
2014-2015: Deputy Director of the Leeds Enterprise Centre
2013-2014: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Business (0.5 FTE role)
2010-2014: Lecturer in Enterprise
2008-2010: Enterprise Teaching Fellow

Teaching

Modules 2016/17

Teaching Grant Income:

  • 2014-17 Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances for Higher Education Bid ‘European Food Studies & Training Alliance’ [CI] (£988,000)
  • 2012-14 Higher Education Academy ‘The Dragon’s Apprentice: Enterprise Skills for Modern Languages’ with Harrington, G. [PI] (£20,000)

Research

Sarah’s research interests include enterprise education and social enterprise.

Publications

Books

  • Nov 2012: “Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research, Volume II: Social and Sustainable Enterprise: Changing the Nature of Business” Emerald, UK. Underwood S, Blundel R, Lyon F, Schaefer A. (Vol Eds) Henry C, Marlow S. (Eds)

Recent Publications; Peer-reviewed journals

  • Murdoch-Eaton, D., Underwood, S. & Dube, S., (2015) ‘Developing Enterprise Skills in Undergraduate Medical Students: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation?’’ Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development. In press.
  • Clarke, J., Underwood, S. (2011) “Learning based on ‘entrepreneurial volunteering’: Using enterprise education to explore social responsibility” Industry & Higher Education 25(6) 461–467

Policy papers & general articles

Invited Blog Posts

Recent External Conferences

  • Jones, S., Quesada-Pallares, C, Simmons, E. and Underwood, S. (2016, May) ‘Is Online Learning Suitable for Entrepreneurship Education?’ In 4th International ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference. Leeds
  • Shepherd, A., Underwood, S. & Wilkinson, C. (2016, Mar) ‘The scale of the challenge: staff vs student perspectives of iPads in higher education’, In iPads in Higher Education Conference. San Francisco, USA
  • Jones, S. & Underwood, S. (2015, Nov) ‘Recognising students’ emotional responses to entrepreneurship education; a cross-disciplinary inquiry’ In 38th International conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference. Glasgow
  • Simmons, E. & Underwood, S. (2015, Sept) ‘Global Collaborations in the Entrepreneurial Classroom’ In International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC). Anglia Ruskin
  • Clarke, J., Underwood, S. & Wilkinson, C. (2015, Apr). ‘iPadagogy for Business Education’. In ABS/HEA Learning & Teaching Conference. York.
  • Simmons, E. & Underwood, S. (2014, Sept) ‘Flipping fantastic; individual vs group online learning’ In International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC). Newcastle
  • Berry, A., Holland, J., Simmons, E., Underwood, S. & Wray, K. (2014, Sept) ‘Huge Worldwide Free Education? Exploring Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Enterprise Education’ In International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC). Newcastle
  • Jones, S. Underwood, S. (2013, May) ‘How do educators recognise and account for students’ emotional responses to entrepreneurship education?’ Refereed paper presented at the Inaugural ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference. Denmark
  • Brookes, S., Moseley, A., Underwood, S. (2012, Nov) ‘Contextual Games; Pervasive Learning Activities in Enterprise Education (a case study)’. In 35th International conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference. Dublin.
  • Underwood, S., Jones, S., de Costa, I. (2012, Sept). ‘Mapping the Entrepreneurial University’. In International Enterprise Educators Conference (IEEC). Plymouth.
  • Clarke, J., Underwood, S. (2012, Apr). ‘Getting social with education for entrepreneurship’. In ABS/HEA Learning & Teaching Conference. Manchester.
  • Underwood, S., Clarke, J. (2011, Nov). ‘Student-led Social Venture Creation; A Pedagogical Journey from Practice to Curricula’. In ISBE International Conference. Sheffield.

Internal Student Education Conferences

  • Underwood, S., Shepherd, A., & Wilkinson, C. (2016, Jan) ‘iLearn, iTeach; What happened when iPads came to LUBS’ In UoL Student Education Conference. Leeds
  • Shepherd, A., Underwood, S. & Wilkinson, C. (2016, Jan) ‘The scale of the challenge: staff vs student perspectives of iPads in higher education’ In UoL Digifest Conference. Leeds
  • Simmons, E. & Underwood, S. (2015, Jan) ‘Accessible Academia: An Innovative Approach to Supporting Students’ Transition to University through MOOCs’ In UoL Student Education Conference. Leeds
  • Underwood, S. (2014, Mar) ‘So NearPod, so far; the story of iPad integration into LUBS’. In UoL Hands on the Future Conference. Leeds
  • Underwood, S. (2014, Jan) ‘Business and Community Engagement’. In UoL Student Education Conference. Leeds
  • Underwood, S. (2013, Jan) ‘Education in an Alternate Reality: Innovating Social Enterprises’. In UoL Student Education Conference. Leeds.
  • Underwood, S., Bell, C. (2011, Jan). ‘Learning beyond lectures; Using VLE groups and organizations to encourage student engagement’. In UoL Learning & Teaching Conference. Leeds