National Enterprise Educator Awards – 2015 winners announced

NCEE and EEUK are proud to announce the winners of the National Enterprise Educator Awards, celebrating the UK’s top enterprise and entrepreneurship educators. The awards ceremony, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University at Hylands House Chelmsford, brought together educators showcasing their excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship education as part of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) gala dinner on the 10th September.

The first award of the evening, the HE Enterprise Educators award, sponsored by The Higher Education Academy, went to Lisa Mann, Mark Flemming and Sadie Hiddlestone of Southampton Solent University. Their Retail Solent (Re:So) initiative is an innovative and unique retail concept that sets out to enhance and increase students’ enterprise experience while developing their understanding of how to operate in a real business environment.

Christine Bissex of the South East Wales FE YES Hub and the College Merthyr Tydfil, along with the team, were awarded the FE Enterprise Champions award, sponsored by Cobweb, for their Trading Places project. Other members of the team include Ruth Rowe, Lesley Cottrell, Bob Tod, Vanessa Janes, Liane Wigley, Sean Hoare and Chris Webb. Trading Places is an annual enterprise project in which teams of learners from six FE colleges create and run a pop-up shop over three days.

The final award of the evening was the HE Enterprise Champions award which was sponsored by SimVenture Evolution. Kairen Skelley of the University of Leeds was crowned the winner for her work to secure significant alumni donations to fund wide-ranging activities through the cross campus SPARK start-up support programme.

Lisa McMullan, Enterprise and Educator Development Manager at NCEE spoke on behalf of the judging panel when she said, “This year we received a fantastic set of submissions. The number and level of nominations was outstanding. They provide a rich and colourful story of the variety and quality of enterprise education work going on in our institutions. NEEA is an important way for this to be recognised and celebrated.”

We would like to congratulate all of the winners and say a big thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s awards.

For full details regarding this year’s awards please visit