National Enterprise Educator Awards – 2016 winners announced Thursday, 8th September

NCEE and EEUK are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 National Enterprise Educator Awards, celebrating the UK’s top enterprise and entrepreneurship educators. The award ceremony was held against the stunning backdrop of Liverpool Cathedral during the Gala Dinner for the 11th International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University. The National Enterprise Educator Awards recognise excellence within enterprise and entrepreneurship education in UK higher and further education. The Awards reward and celebrate those who have demonstrated an exceptional and inspirational commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship.

The first award of the evening, the FE Team Enterprise award, sponsored by Cobweb, was presented to Jenna Redpath representing a team from West Lothian College. Their ‘Inspiring enterprise learning’ initiative generated a range of enterprising approaches which engaged both staff and students in reinvigorating the curriculum, leading to increased retention and achievement. Highly commended in the FE Team Enterprise category were Test Town Bridgend Youth Enterprise Market from Bridgend College and Creative Flare Learning Company from Cornwall College.

The second winner was the BSEEN project team 2012-2015 for their entry in the HE Team Enterprise category, sponsored by the Higher Education Academy. Carolyn Keenan, Sandra Benbow and Alison Sharp collected the Award on behalf of the team from Aston University, Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham. The BSEEN project has supported over 200 new businesses and generated 70 new jobs over the last three years. It has also played a big part in raising awareness of enterprise amongst the student community, developing enterprising mind-sets and contributing to graduate employability. Highly commended in this category were Inspiring Futures: Enhancing Student Entrepreneurialism through Work Based Learning from Plymouth University and Hatching Entrepreneurs from the University of Ulster.

The Enterprise Catalyst category, sponsored by SimVenture Evolution and new for 2016, aimed to recognise an individual who is driving transformational change in enterprise or entrepreneurship education. The winner was Paul Greetham of the University of Huddersfield who has helped hundreds of students and graduates to explore business start-up. Paul was nominated by Dr Kelly Smith of Coventry University who described Paul as ‘Creative, thoughtful and constructively critical’ and went on to say how Paul has been instrumental in developing the University’s enterprise team as well as collaborative regional initiatives. Highly commended in this category were Lucy Hatt of Northumbria University and Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason of Anglia Ruskin University.

EEUK and NCEE 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 www.neea.org.uk