The UK’s top enterprise educators were announced on Plymouth Hoe at the 4th annual National Enterprise Educator Awards hosted by Plymouth University. The ceremony brought together educators showcasing their excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship in Further or Higher Education as part of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) Gala Dinner on the 13th September.
The winner for the Student Educator award sponsored by the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and Pearson College was announced as Herts Entrepreneurs at the University of Hertfordshire. Since October 2011 the society has hosted and organised events and activities aimed at encouraging the growth of an enterprise culture, within and around Hertfordshire. With this in mind the society has reached out to different faculties outside of the University’s Business School; including Law, Creative Arts and Humanities.
Sheffield SIFE from the University of Sheffield and USE Interns also from the University of Sheffield were recognised as highly commended in this category.
The Flux partnership, which comprises Plymouth University Careers Service and Working Knowledge was awarded the Enterprise ‘Champions’ accolade sponsored by SimVenture, in recognition of using FLUX as a way of engaging students with the possibility of setting up their own business, while at the same time developing wider employability skills.
The highly commended Enterprise ‘Champions’ were announced as SPEED and SPEED WM (Student Placement for Entrepreneurs in Education) Programmes at the University of Wolverhampton and the Work Based Learning Placement at Sheffield Hallam University.
The Enterprise Educator award sponsored by the Higher Education Academy went to TeamVenture who have created entrepreneurial teams using match making technology at the University of Hertfordshire. They were recognised for developing a system for building balanced teams that are better able to work together and to avoid the pitfalls associated with very strong and very weak teams.
Launch.ed at the University of Edinburgh and the SERC Student Company from the South East Regional College were announced as the highly commended Enterprise Educators.
This year saw the launch of a fourth award category of ‘Society Champion’ sponsored by NACUE. The inaugural winner in this category was Suzanne Auty of Durham University who was recognised for her support of the SIFE team at Durham which empowers people in need using business and entrepreneurial ideas. With Suzanne’s help the society has grown to have over 600 members and is now running six community projects.
Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Director of Enterprise Educators UK said, “This year the quality of nominations was truly outstanding making the judging process very challenging. The finalists and particularly the winners represent the best of the best of enterprise and entrepreneurship education in the UK. We (EEUK and NCEE) are looking forward to hearing what our winners will be doing this year following their recognition and we also look forward to next year’s NEEA at the IEEC2013 in Sheffield.”
The awards committee would like to thank all of the award category sponsors, returning 2011 winners and all applicants.
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