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Funded by the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland, the Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship is conducting a study that involves primary research with incubator and non-incubator firms along with incubation centre managers and enterprise support agencies. The aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key characteristics of growing SMEs. This study will provide empirical evidence of what determines growth in SMEs in Ireland. More importantly, for those firms that have not grown to their potential, this study will provide insight into the specific issues that are constraining growth and the specific supports that are required to overcome these barriers.



Research and experience is telling us that firms are increasingly looking at the internship model to complement their current graduate recruitment strategies. This research study is funded by ACCA Ireland and the overall aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges of internship programmes for recruiting accountancy graduates. This study explores the relevant literature on cooperative accounting education and the benefits from a stakeholder perspective, namely the student, the firm and the accountancy body. A large scale survey of both employers and student/practitioners across Ireland (North and South) will be carried out. The findings will inform the development of a guide to responsible internships to be developed in conjunction with ACCA.



Recent entrepreneurship education literature notes that assessment practice is an important consideration and that it has been somewhat neglected by researchers. To understand assessment practice in entrepreneurship, we need to observe actual practice through empirical research and do so in a comprehensive way to appreciate the different forms and types that entrepreneurship education might take. The NEAR project aims to deliver a review of current assessment practices in entrepreneurship education across all of the Higher Education Institutes in Ireland and disseminate the findings to support entrepreneurship education practices both nationally and internationally.



In partnership with CEEN(Campus Entrepreneurship Enterprise Network) and funded by the National Forum for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, the Hincks Centre has taken lead on the Engaged Student Project. The aim of the Project is to support the introduction, growth and sustainability of Enterprise societies across higher Education in Ireland with objectives to develop a network for collaboration, analyse case studies of successful initiatives, support development of enterprise society action plans, share the toolkit of resources developed by the project across higher education institutes and provide support, feedback and advice when needed. Partners include: Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Institute of Technology, Sligo and National University of Ireland, Galway.

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