5th March

Social Innovation through Team Entrepreneurial Learning (SITEL)

Building resilience in social enterprises

Workshop Title: Social Innovation through Team Entrepreneurial Learning (SITEL)

UK coordinator: University of Westminster

Partner Country coordinator: Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Dates and Venue: 25th – 29th June 2018, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia 

Apply now: via this form deadline 12 noon on the 26th April 2018.

Call for Participants

We are pleased to announce SITEL, an intensive trans- and multi-disciplinary five-day workshop funded by theBritish Council Researcher Links’, designed to foster an ecosystem for developing resilient social enterprise through entrepreneurship education. The focus of this programme is to provide the opportunity for early career researchers from across the UK and Malaysia to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations to tackle the challenging issues in social innovation.

SITEL aims to bring together early career researchers, social innovation industry partners and entrepreneurs from across the UK and Malaysia to:

  • Create awareness on the importance of improving the resilience of social development services provision
  • Identify synergies between existing research and promote future trans- and multi-disciplinary research projects and collaborations
  • Create a working group with defined learning criteria from the workshop to foster the right skills need for innovation relevant to the theme of the group
  • Build up links for future collaborations and create potential for longer term links
  • Link activities during the workshop to the practical challenges that researchers address throughout their work

The British Council and Academi Sains Malaysia will cover the costs related to the workshop participation including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa, and travel insurance will be covered, however, participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country. Places are limited. Please note that due to the way that the workshop is structured, we require that all applicants are available to attend the full 5 days.


Application and Deadline

The full application must be completed and submitted by 12 noon on the 26th April 2018


Eligibility Criteria

  • Participants must be early Career Researchers, defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience). We encourage people from a wide array of disciplines to apply due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the workshop which have the potential to add value to the projects listed under the programme format.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Malaysia.


Selection criteria

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes


Notification of results

Successful applicants will be notified by email in the week commencing 3rd of May.


Preliminary schedule

Please click on this link to see the activities.

Day 1: 25th June Introduction to Team Entrepreneurial Learning and group sharing of research. 

Day 2: 26th June Social innovation research in practice

Day 3: 27th June Research in action with real life project

Day 4: 28th June Knowledge sharing session

Day 5: 29th June Planning future research – presentation in the afternoon followed by informal networking to encourage strengthening of partnerships


Below are the five real life projects that participants will be working with during the workshop:

  1. Kundasang – Agro-tourism

  1. Keningau – Livestock tourism

  2. Kota Marudu - Banana

  3. Industry Kiulu - Stingless Bee

  4. Tuaran - Mulberry


Application Procedure

To apply for your place to attend, please complete the application form no later than 12 noon on the 26th April 2018

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Rosli ( and Mr. Ahmed (


Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.


Apply now: via this form deadline 12 noon on the 26th April 2018.

What will the team be committed to? It starts here and now! 🙈