University Enterprise Networks

A University Enterprise Network (UEN) is a tripartite partnership between industry, the public sector and Universities to make a substantial contribution to the long term competitiveness of the UK economy and social cohesion. Genuine collaboration between industry and universities is essential to a knowledge based economy and the vision is to have a network of UENs that will:

  • enhance the capacity for universities to engage and collaborate with business to respond to business’s needs and result in greater, collaborative, research and development.
  • support organisational change in universities providing an entrepreneurial environment for stakeholders, staff, students and graduates.
  • ensure all students and graduates are provided with quality enterprise and entrepreneurship education in order that they contribute effectively to business growth whether as an employee or running their own business.

NCEE has been involved in a number of UEN developments.





European University Enterprise Network Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Santander Network of European Universities led by Coventry University European Commission
Advanced Manufacturing (Wales) Airbus, Toyota, Cytec Glyndŵr University, Deeside College Welsh Assembly Government
Creative Industries South West Design Forum The Arts University College   at Bournemouth, Bath Spa University, Bournemouth University, Universities South West None
Innovation BT, Cisco Systems, HP-Micro-Enterprise-Acceleration Institute, Prowess Coventry University, University of Wolverhampton None
Energy BAE Systems University of Central   Lancashire None
Social Enterprise SERCO, Co-Active Plymouth University Dept of Health, BIS, Cabinet Office
STEM BAE Systems, Microsoft Brunel University, University of Kent, Kingston University, University of Portsmouth, Royal Holloway – University of London , University of Surrey None