Times Higher Education, Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award 2017

This award is sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. It recognises an institution that has:

  • Developed and delivered an exceptional approach to embedding entrepreneurship within its culture and programmes
  • Can demonstrate a significant impact at regional, national or international level.

Liverpool John Moores University was announced as the winner of the 2017 Times Higher Education, Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award.

NCEE would like to congratulate Liverpool John Moores University for their incredible achievement.

Our judges said that Liverpool John Moores University had become a “truly entrepreneurial university”, with enterprising spirit supported and encouraged in and outside the curriculum.

Liverpool John Moores University launched the Entrepreneurship Educators Academe in September 2015. It helps to create curricula that are demonstrably linked to entrepreneurship. The unit has created numerous partnerships with business, civic organisations and charities – and entrepreneurship is now embedded in the pathway of more than 10,000 students in 100 degree programmes.

Under a “train-the-trainers” scheme, staff already coached in entrepreneurship mentor junior colleagues. 600 educators have already benefited in the two years since the initiative began. Meanwhile, dozens of students have undertaken entrepreneurship placements, and 2,000 freelance businesses have been created by students, with an estimated economic impact of £4 million.

The academe has so far linked 17,000 students with 1,800 organisations of all types. Broader links to the Merseyside school system have facilitated enterprise skills training for 4,000 college students, while 10,000 secondary school pupils have undertaken an enterprise experience.

The Entrepreneurship Educators Academe scheme was at the heart of Liverpool John Moores’ vision. Our judges said it has helped to create a “peer support community that has significantly increased the number of university educators actively using an enterprise education pedagogical approach”.

In addition, they also commended the university’s new Bathgate Startup Fund to support student enterprise, which has already accounted for 23 new ventures with an estimated turnover of £350,000 in its first year of operation.

The other members of an exceptionally strong shortlist were:

  • City, University of London
  • Falmouth University
  • Pearson College London
  • University of Salford
  • Southampton Solent University

What were the judges looking for?

An institution:

  • whose vision and strategy place enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation at the heart of the organisation
  • where an environment has been created that encourages entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in staff and students – and ensures that ideas and innovation are nurtured and given the support they need to flourish
  • whose approach has affected the nature of entrepreneurial activity among staff, students and alumni and stimulated a strong entrepreneurial impact locally, nationally or internationally
  • where the strategic approach to entrepreneurship has the potential to influence and improve other institutions’ work in this area, whether directly or because it is transferable in the sector more widely.

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