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Sarah Stevenson

Head of Careers and Employability

Careers & Employability

01752636700 Ext:2021

Sarah Stevenson

Role Summary

Sarah worked in social enterprise in the South West before moving into the Higher Education (HE) sector where she now designs opportunities for students to develop and enhance their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. Sarah’s research interests are focused on social entrepreneurship, systemic entrepreneurship and gender and she is working towards a PhD investigating women social entrepreneurs. 

Sarah manages the new Enterprise Hub at Marjon, a dedicated space and place for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that bring enterprise, and 'real world' experience not just to students and alumni but to the local business community too. Here students, alumni and the local business community will have the opportunity to engage in a range of valuable workshops, events and competitions. 


  • in progress PhD Business with Management (investigating women social entrepreneurs
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodologies, Plymouth University
  • NVQ Level 4, Management, ETT Group
  • Level 2 Certificate for IT Users, British Computer Society
  • CG7307 Certificate in Teaching, Exmouth Community College
  • BSc (Hons) Tourism Management, Seale Hayne College of Agriculture, Plymouth University




Conference Papers:

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S., and Stevenson, S. (2016) Extracurricular enterprise activities in HE, students’ perceptions of their entrepreneurial behaviors, competencies and capability. International for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2016, in Paris, 27th – 28th October 2016.

Beaumont, E., Preedy, S., and Stevenson, S. (2016) Extra-curricular enterprise activities - exploring the ‘missing perspective’. International Enterprise Educators Conference 2016, in Liverpool,7-9thSeptember 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. 3E Conference- ECSB Entrepreneurship Education Conference, in Leeds, 11-13th May 2016.

Beaumont, E., Stevenson, S. and Almond, J. (2015) Plymouth Entrepreneurial Alumni Support Initiative (PEASI) – Building Supporting relationships between entrepreneurial alumni and students. IEEC 2015 Annual Conference

Duckett, H., Whisker, P and Stevenson, S, (2013) Student Entrepreneurship as a Virtuous Cycle of Value Creation Through Community Engagement. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Annual Conference, Learning to Live Learning for Life, Cape Breton, 20-22 June

Hurth, V.; Stevenson, S. (2013)   'Co-curricular cross discipline business sustainability education: filling an untapped demand' Vice-Chancellors Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University 28 June

Duckett, H., Whisker, P and Stevenson, S, (2013) Developing the Student Enterprise Mind Set through Multi-Partner Work-Based Learning.  EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference, Madrid, 4-5 March

Duckett, H; Whisker and Stevenson, S. (2012) Inspiring futures through multi-partner work based learning interventions. IEEC 2012 Annual Conference, September 14th, Plymouth University

Duckett, H; Whisker, P and Stevenson, S. (2012) Inspiring futures through multi-partner work based learning interventions. Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Plymouth University 6th July


Grants & contracts:

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2016 “Treasure Chest 500 Using creativity and innovation to enable young people to bring socially enterprising solutions to the business world”. 8th November 2016. 

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

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015 "Social enterprise in the context of a new national post-election policy" 10th November 2015. 

Case Studies:

Maas, G.J.P., Reynolds, J. and Stevenson, S. March 2015.  Case study: Plymouth Association of Primary Heads CIC. Research undertaken for PAPH CIC. 21pages. Research sponsored by PAPH CIC. Value - £5,000



Expert Membership of professional bodies


Roles on external bodies

Non-Executive Director Plymouth Social Enterprise Network  01/04/2011 to date

School Governor, Kenn C of E Primary School (01/09/2005 - 31/08/2013) Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee

Non Executive Director, Cosmic (01/09/2005 - 01/11/2011)

Other Interests


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