SME Too: How can HEIs and SMEs interact more effectively?


This student-led project looks at how higher education institutions (HEIs) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can interact more effectively. The undergraduate researchers investigated interactions between HEIs and SMEs in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Type of Activity

group work, working independently



Age Group

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The key themes that emerged from the research were:
•     The careers industry;
•     Do SMEs understand what graduates want and what they can offer?
•     What do students know about SMEs?
•     The potential for increasing interactions. 

Please note that the Technology Strategy Board (TBS) is now Innovate UK.

This resource was jointly developed by The Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and the Centre for Student Careers & Skills (CSCS) at the University of Warwick.