This award, sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, is an opportunity to recognise institutions that have embedded entrepreneurial activity into the fabric of their institution to the extent that their environment and culture not only fosters enterprising thinking among all members of its community but also delivers significant entrepreneurial impact at regional, national and international levels.

NCEE is proud to announce the 2015 Times Higher Education Award winner of Entrepreneurial University of the Year as The University of Leeds.

On Thursday 26th November 2015, The University of Leeds 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 The University of Leeds 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 panel for the award, said “Enterprise is at the heart of the’ institutional vision of the University of Leeds with senior staff, experienced educators and leading researchers driving this agenda across the whole University.

The curriculum opportunities for enterprise education for any student are growing. In 2013/14 over 900 students undertook enterprise electives. The university is playing a leading role in the sector in gaining unprecedented levels of alumni and business community support for student enterprise, including the Spark Start-Up Service.  Support for students includes enterprise scholarships and enterprise ambassadors.

A £40m plus investment is being made in a 10,500m2 ‘University Innovation and Enterprise Centre’. Knowledge exchange support includes a Technology Enterprise Incubator, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and internships.

The university has a strong local and regional impact working closely with public and private sectors. In 2014 it was recognised as ‘Gold Standard’ by the Small Business Charter award.”

You can read about all of the winners here.

The other members of an exceptionally strong shortlist were

  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Lincoln
  • Loughborough University
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Nottingham

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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