The UK’s top enterprise educators were announced at Coventry Cathedral for the 3rd annual National Enterprise Educator Awards. 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 8th September.
The winner for the Student Educator award sponsored by NACUE and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, was announced as Rise Up Student Committee from Newcastle University with Daniel Ellis and Rebecca Fisher collecting the glass trophy and prize money. The committee which has representatives from all the student-led enterprise societies at Newcastle University stood out in this category for creating a robust and identifiable community on their campus.
Sheffield SIFE from University of Sheffield and The Uganda Project (SIFE) from University of Surrey were recognised as highly commended in this category.
The Graduate Entrepreneurship Project was awarded the Enterprise ‘Champions’ accolade sponsored by SimVenture, in recognition of the collaboration between all HEIs in the Yorkshire and Humber Region to support student and graduate entrepreneurship with the aim to generate a significant contribution to the region’s economy.
The highly commended Enterprise ‘Champions’ were announced as Jo Gilman, Parmjit Dhugga, David Scott and John Boyes from Loughborough University for their intervention, Engineering YES and Claire Adamson’s SIFE Project from Newcastle University.
The Enterprise Educator award sponsored by the Higher Education Academy went to Sue Poole from Gower College Swansea for her intervention: The expansion of Enterprise Education across Swansea Bay. She was celebrated for her work over the past 5 years resulting in growth in enterprise activity in all education institutions from primary to higher education in her local area.
Patricia Flanagan, Conann Fitzpatrick and Nuala Kilmartin from Belfast Metropolitan College for FRESH and Track Dinning from Liverpool John Moores University for Campus Enterprise were announced as the highly commended Enterprise Educators.
Professor Alison Price from NCEE added “The 3rd Annual awards was a terrific showcase of the depth and variety of excellent work taking place across the sector in UK. This year has seen the successes of both FE and HE celebrated as well as true innovations and also long-standing and successful projects recognised; but for me the awards evening is the true celebration of all the short listed candidates and their inspiring work across the sector.”
The awards committee would like to thank all of the award category sponsors; founding sponsors - University of Sheffield Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Cambridge, Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning; returning 2010 winners and all applicants.
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