Social Innovation through Team Entrepreneurial Learning

SITEL, an intensive trans- and multi-disciplinary five-day workshop funded by the ‘British 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.

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Researches in action...

The SITEL process enables participants to become active learners in a team learning environment. We used five potential Social Innovation projects as vehicles for the Team Entrepreneurial Learning (TEL) experience. These projects had already been selected for regeneration by government agencies via the National Blue Oceans Strategy (NBOS). This is where we challenged participants to develop research questions, in their teams, with their beneficiaries.

Beneficiary led approach...

We sent participants out into the beneficiary’s community, for a unique 'Learning by Doing' process to challenge their presumptions and produce a more relevant and impactful research proposal.

Researchers pitching proposals...

Teams were then asked to pitch for funding their proposed solution to the proposed problem. During the five days, participants were exposed to organised chaos which is key to developing their personal and professional resilience, by taking them out of their comfort zones and challenging their presumptions constantly. We focus on inter-disciplinary collaborations and industry-partner engagement, that uniquely incorporates additional aspects of Team Entrepreneurial Learning. We provide a first-hand experience of a ‘Research challenge’.

"I have learned a lot especially in the area of social innovation and how as a team can work to achieve better results….
and field research activity has taken me to a whole new dimension."
, SITEL participant

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