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


1. Institutional Environment
a. How has the university transformed its culture to provide environments conducive for supporting student enterprise and graduate entrepreneurship?
b. How is institutional leadership for driving enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout the institution demonstrated?

2. Student Engagement
a. How are students and graduates demonstrating their ability to apply the enterprising and entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours learnt through their university experiences?
b. How has the student experience enhanced a positive attitude towards enterprise and entrepreneurship as a career and life choice?

3. Innovative and Entrepreneurial Staff
a. How have staff demonstrated innovation and growth in their approach to the design and delivery of the institution’s enterprise and entrepreneurship offerings?
b. How are staff incentivised and rewarded for developing excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship practice?

4. Entrepreneurial Impact
a. What impact has the institution had on the entrepreneurial outcomes of staff, students and graduates?
b. What step-change has been achieved in the delivery of regional and national entrepreneurship goals?
c. What enterprise and entrepreneurship good practice and effectiveness has been demonstrated?
d. In what ways has the institution’s experiences influenced policy and practice in the wider environment?

These national awards represent a unique and high profile opportunity to celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of UK higher education institutions.

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