Treasure Chest 500
  • Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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Treasure Chest 500 is a project that will task pupils (Year 10 upwards) from schools across the South West with transforming 500 units of unwanted product into something that could be sold or traded, creating impact while also demonstrating a sustainable approach to using physical resources and respecting the natural environment. 

Working with our partners from the business community, 50 young people will be challenged to take 500 units of a product with the aim of repurposing these products in another context. 

Given the sustainability element of this project these are typically products that would either be recycled or go direct to landfill.

This event is open to schools and attendance is by invitation only.

Contact Sarah Stevenson for further information (tel: 01752 585745 / email: sarah.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk).

View this event profile on the ESRC Festival website

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Biography: Sarah Stevenson

Sarah Stevenson is the manager of the Futures Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Talent Hub, and has responsibility for the creation and delivery of co-curricular opportunities for students in Plymouth Business School. 

Sarah ensures the centre provides opportunities and supports the development of social enterprise in the University and beyond.


Biography: Dr Emily Beaumont

Dr Emily Beaumont is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Interim Discipline Group Leader for Entrepreneurship at Plymouth University. 

She is the Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, a Two Year Fast Track degree course within thePlymouth Business School and the flagship undergraduate course for the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth University.

Biography: Sybille Schiffmann

Sybille Schiffmann designs and leads on the provision of bespoke enterprise programmes for large organisations, working at board level and with change teams involved in leadership of innovation in the social sector.

Biography: Elena Novakova

Elena Novakova acts as the liaison between schools and the Faculty of Business to engage pupils with the faculty's programmes and raise awareness of entrepreneurship education to schools and colleges in the region.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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