Both group and individual projects are encouraged and supported by the Gym. In group projects you work in a mixed team and select a problem/challenge to work on which can be academic or commercial/business/not-for-profit in nature. Individual projects include the paid work you do over summer and during term-time and involve you keeping a work diary and doing a final report.
Projects qualify for Enterprise Gym points. Projects are, by definition, one-offs so here are three examples for illustration purposes:
TEG-History - Tytler Project
A small group (containing a mix of History students and students from other disciplines) of members other of The Enterprise Gym including postgrads formed a team to research and investigate the life of Mr James Tytler. This less well-known figure of the Scottish Enlightenment about whom there is a lot of conflicting "facts" on the net was, in fact, the first British aeronaut. Angus Council are especially interested in this project as Tytler was born in Angus and there are potential implications for the tourism sector. As well as team members acquiring points for their Project Marathon, their out-of-pocket expenses are paid and there is a small amount of remuneration too.
TEG-Law-PG Diploma Legal Practice Project
Groups of Diploma students taking the Company/Commercial elective are invited to join the Gym and form teams to provide pro-bono legal advice on matters of Intellectual Property and Legal Structure to the teams of TEG members doing the Business Plan Competition. The legal teams present their advice in a special dragon's den toward the end of the semester. Not only do the TEG teams doing the BPC benefit but Diploma students get an opportunity to simulate pro-bono work and earn a TEG-Law Project Marathon record as well. A local law firm has shown interest in sponsoring a cup and participating in the dragon's den!
TEG-Engineering Professional Studies Project
First year students are scheduled to complete as a group project an assessment toward the end of the first semester. One additional voluntary component has been added to the tasks to be done which would be handed in at the same time as the assessment proper. This component is judged separately by TEG and the top 4 teams overall (ie academic assessment and TEG assessment) are invited to present in a dragon's den for the Ross&Bonnyman Cup and Team Prize of £100. All teams successfully completing the additional assessment are credited with points for their Project Marathon.
TEG – Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Project
Only for those members of The Enterprise Gym who have already completed the Marathon Practical in Enterprise and Entrepreneurialism there is a special invitation to mentor local school business teams (achievers) competing in the YES scheme. There is provision for up to 6 mentors in total who would do the necessary work in their nominated school and complete the 7 stage project for TEG. On successful completion this social enterprise activity will earn a "Half-Blue" from The Enterprise Gym.
TEG – Placement Basement Project
Members undertaking work experience whether it be paid, term-time or summer or voluntary work are eligible to reflect on their work in The Enterprise Gym Project format and thus earn a certificate from The Gym. Typically the later stages in the project will involve an A4 page report and a short presentation during a Half-time session. Careers run a special facility (located in the "basement"!) to help students find work experience. A TEG Manager will also be available to discuss.