Dr Sarah Preedy
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Dr Sarah Preedy

Lecturer in Enterprise

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr Sarah Preedy can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Enterprise education
  • Business startups
  • SMEs
  • Business pitching
  • Intrapreneurship
Biography

Biography

Sarah is Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Events Management and teaches across a range of Business modules with a specialism in enterprise and entrepreneurship. Sarah has been teaching and researching in the area of enterprise education since 2014. Her research focuses on the role, value and impact of enterprise education, specifically extracurricular enterprise activities. Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK, Member of the EEUK Advisory Council and a Certified Management and Business Educator. Sarah is currently the External Examiner for the University of Lincoln's BA Business and Enterprise Development and BA Business with Entrepreneurship Programmes.

Qualifications

PhD in Business Management, University of Plymouth.

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodologies, University of Plymouth.

MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research, Market Research Society.

MSc Social Research Methods and Evaluation, University of Plymouth.

BA (Hons) Politics, University of York.

Professional membership

Certified Management and Business Educator, Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Senior Fellow of Advance HE.

Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK.

Member of EEUK Advisory Council.

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Sarah teaches across a range of Business modules, specialising in the teaching of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. 

In academic year 2021/22, Sarah will be teaching on the following:

STO5004/6004 - Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity

MKT4003 - Marketing, Enterprise and the Digital Economy

PBS6000 - Honours Project

Sarah is also Programme Lead for BSc (Hons) Events Management.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for the University of Lincoln's BA Business and Enterprise Development and BA Business with Entrepreneurship Programmes.

Research

Research

Research interests

Sarah's most recent research focuses on Enterprise Education, specifically the topics of; entrepreneurial learning through engagement in extracurricular enterprise activities and the development of entrepreneurial identity and intention in HE students. Her research is mainly qualitative but embraces mixed method approaches. 

Sarah is currently editing a book on the topic of global and holistic approaches to extracurricular enterprise activities. The call for extended abstracts is now open - https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/series-detail/contemporary-issues-in-entrepreneurship-research/?k=e201704251400322908-116 Closing date 31st October 2022. Please email your extended abstract direct to sarah.preedy-1@plymouth.ac.uk 

Subject specialisms include : Enterprise activity at Higher Education Institutions, student led enterprise activities, entrepreneurial learning theory, self directed learning theory and qualitative research methods.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Sarah is looking to supervise PhD students in the areas of; enterprise and entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial identity and entrepreneurial intention. Please contact Sarah at sarah.preedy-1@plymouth.ac.uk to discuss.

Grants & contracts

Preedy, S., McLuskie, P., Walmsley, A. and Smith, K. (2020) Exploring students’ entrepreneurial identity formation: a longitudinal approach, Enterprise Educators UK's Enterprise Education and Research Project Fund, Value - £7,400

Marjon Business Team. (2018) ‘Food surplus and Labour, the Valorisation of Underused Resources’, INTERREG 2 SEAS fund, Value - £350,000.

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S and Stevenson, S. (2015) ‘Exploring the ‘missing perspective’- using the student perspective to measure the impact of Enterprise Education’, Enterprise Educators UK's Enterprise Education and Research Project Fund, Value - £3,967.


Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Preedy, S., Jones, P., Maas, G and Duckett, H. (2020) Examining the perceived value of extracurricular enterprise activities in relation to entrepreneurial learning processes, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 27 No. 7, pp. 1085-1105.

Preedy, S. and Jones, P. (2017) Student-led enterprise groups and entrepreneurial learning, Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 101 – 112.

Preedy, S. and Jones, P. (2015) ‘An investigation into University extra-curricular enterprise support provision’, Education + Training, vol. 57, Issue 8/9, pp. 992 – 1008.

Articles
Preedy S, Jones P, Maas G & Duckett H (2020) 'Examining the perceived value of extracurricular enterprise activities in relation to entrepreneurial learning processes' Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 27, (7) 1085-1105 , DOI
Preedy S & Jones P (2017) 'Student-led enterprise groups and entrepreneurial learning' Industry and Higher Education 31, (2) 101-112 , DOI Open access
Preedy S & Jones P (2015) 'An investigation into university extra-curricular enterprise support provision' Education + Training 57, (8/9) 992-1008 , DOI
Chapters

Preedy, S. (2015) ‘An evaluation of the extra-curricular support available to student entrepreneurs at Plymouth University’. Systemic Entrepreneurship: Contemporary Issues and Case Studies, Pgs 97 – 114, Maas, G. and Jones, P. (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan: UK.

Conference Papers

Preedy, S., McLuskie, P., Walmsley, A. and Smith, K. (2021) The Development of Entrepreneurial Identity within a HE environment; The COVID-19 Context, 43rd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Cardiff City Hall, Cardiff, Wales, 27th - 29th October. ISBN: 978-1-900862-33-2

Preedy, S. and Wallis, L. (2019) Conceptualising Higher Education students’ entrepreneurial learning processes, British Academy of Management Conference, Aston University, Birmingham. 3rd – 5th September 2019.

Preedy, S., Jones, P., Duckett, H. and Maas, G. (2018) Extracurricular enterprise activities as a vehicle for entrepreneurial learning: examining experiential, social and self-directed learning outcomes, 41th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, UK, 7-8th November. ISBN: 978-1-900862-31-8. (Winner of Best Paper in Enterprise Education track)

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S and Stevenson, S. (2016) - ‘The effectiveness and impact of extra-curricular enterprise education- addressing the missing perspective of the student’, 39th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Novotel Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 28th October 2016

Preedy, S., and Duckett, H. (2016) - ‘Self-directed learning within enterprise education – how are students leading their own learning?’, 39th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Novotel Tour Eiffel, Paris, France, 28th October 2016

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S., and Stevenson, S. (2016) “What's in it for us?” –Student’s perceptions of the value and impact of extracurricular enterprise activities in HE, ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference, Leeds, 11th – 13th May 2016.

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S., and Stevenson, S. (2016) "Extra-curricular enterprise activities-exploring the ‘missing perspective’", International Enterprise Educators Conference, September 2016.

Preedy, S. and Jones, P. (2015) An Examination of UK universities extra-curricular enterprise support, 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow, UK 11-12th November, ISBN: 978-1-900862-28-8.

Preedy, S. and Jones, P. (2015) The Phenomenon of student led enterprise groups, 38th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference, Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow, UK 11-12th November, ISBN: 978-1-900862-28-8.

Preedy, S. and Duckett, H. (2016) “Self-Directed learning within the context of enterprise education”, PEDRIO What is teaching excellence?, University of Plymouth, 22nd November 2016.

Preedy, S. (2015) ‘The phenomenon of student led enterprise groups’. Doctoral Training Centre Conference, University of Plymouth, UK.

Preedy, S. (2014) ‘The Politics of Higher Education Research: Challenges of an Insider’, Methodological Innovations, University of Plymouth, 9th December 2014.

Reports

All Party Parliamentary Group Report (2018) AAPG for Entrepreneurship Education. Available at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5752ac86b654f96f0d47e852/t/5c7ea1b34785d311f978abf4/1551802813861/007_APPG_EnterpriseEducation_AWK_REV2_WEB.pdf (contribution on p.15)

Other Publications

Pedagogical toolkit
Preedy, S. (2018) ‘Pound Shop Challenge’ [online] Available from https://www.etctoolkit.org.uk/all-etc-how-to-guides-case-studies/ (search for ‘Pound Shop Challenge’)

Personal

Personal

Other academic activities

In 2021, Sarah was the winner of the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development’s ‘Outstanding Paper of the Year’ Award - https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/jsbed/journal-small-business-and-enterprise-development-literati-award-winners-2021