The winner of the 2014 award was Anglia Ruskin University.

On Thursday 27th November 2014, Anglia Ruskin University were announced as the winner of the Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards, sponsored by NCEE. We would like to congratulate Anglia Ruskin University for this incredible achievement and also all of the short-listed universities for their impressive work.

Keith Burnley, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, and member of the judging team for the award, said “Anglia Ruskin University has a corporate strategy which is committed to strengthening an entrepreneurial culture that is delivering value for students, partners and stakeholders. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are clearly at the heart of the organisation, influencing the behaviours of staff and students.

The impact of this entrepreneurial approach is seen amongst staff, students and alumni. Courses prepare entrepreneurial graduates as well as graduate entrepreneurs. The Degrees at Work team have delivered customer and demand led work based learning that is highly valued. The post graduate medical centre, the MedTech campus and MedBic reflect a strategic approach to entrepreneurship in the fields of health and social care and a commitment to local and regional partners.

The university has influenced local and national policy.  The Centre for Enterprise Development and Research has been recognised in an IOEE award for best practice in engaging entrepreneurs and business owners.”

The other members of an exceptionally strong shortlist were

–  Kingston University
–  Teesside University
–  University of Central Lancashire
–  University of Chester
–  University College London

Judges where looking for:
vision and strategy: how has the university transformed its vision and strategy to place enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation at the heart of the organisation?
culture and mindset: how has the university stimulated an environment that supports entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in both staff and students?
entrepreneurial impact: how have the university’s efforts affected the nature of entrepreneurial activity among staff, students and alumni and stimulated a strong entrepreneurial impact locally, nationally or internationally?
policy and practice: have the university’s experiences and activities influenced policy at all levels and clearly demonstrated good practice and effectiveness?

This award recognises a university that has developed an environment and culture that fosters enterprising attitudes among all members of its community and delivers significant entrepreneurial impact at regional, national and international levels.

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