• Improve the prospects of graduates from Arts and Humanities subjects.
  • Reduce the gap between skills offered by University curricula and those required for enterprise and employment.
  • Develop a framework to increase the capacity of businesses to better mentor and nurture innovative creative thinkers within their organizations (graduate employees and existing staff).


  • Through collaboration between academic and business partners, develop an innovative model for the creation of a new European network of enterprise Hubs to best encourage the development of entrepreneurial skills and attitudes by arts and humanities students.
  • Through focused research and engagement between Universities and businesses, AHEH will reduce the gap between the skills offered by curricula and those required by the market.
  • AHEH will collaboratively develop approaches towards increasing the capacity of businesses to mentor and harness the wide-ranging skill-sets of arts and humanities graduate employees to enhance and sustain creative innovation within their organization.


  • A sustainable platform for knowledge exchange between academic and business partners to facilitate the further development of the Hubs.
  • Businesses will access potential employees and innovative creative ideas, enabling cross-fertilization with their sector. They will shape the development of the program benefiting from work-ready graduates.
  • The Hubs will be embedded within the Faculties to inform how enterprise should best be delivered within the curricula of arts and humanities subjects.
  • University staff (academics, researchers, management) will develop knowledge through collaboration with partners to better understand the contextual enterprise needs of both students and business.
  • Through the Hubs, students will be able to investigate ways to develop and apply transferable skills in a variety of contexts to better prepare them for work (self-employed or employed).

More information

Project Manager
Silja Suntola
+358 (05)0 439 0518

RDI Specialist
Antti Leppilampi
+358 (0)44 702 8331


AHEH - The Arts and Humanities Enterprise Hub

1 January 2018 – 31 December 2021

Project partners

Lead partner: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK)

Partners: South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences, Xamk (FI) - Pinkeminence Ltd (FI) - Coastal (HR) - Link Campus University (IT) - Materahub (IT) - University of Rijeka (HR) - Drugo More (HR) - University of Alcala (ES) - Innogate to Europe - Universidad do Porto (PT) - UPTEC (PT) - IT Carlow (IE) - Visual (HR)

Focus areas: Digital economy
Xamk Research Units: Creative Industries


Total budget: € 970 815

XAMK part of the total budget: € 109 509

Financiers and main source of funding: European Union: Erasmus+ Programme