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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Success Recognised at Awards

The entrepreneurial achievements of Coventry University and the innovative teaching of our former board member David Gibson were recognised at the recent Times Higher Education Awards.

 coventry logo smallCoventry University, a long standing member and supporter of EEUK, were named the ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Awards. The winner was announced on the 24th November, with the award ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.   The award sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and in its fourth year, recognises the unique ability in creating an entrepreneurial Higher Education culture and celebrates outstanding commitment made to entrepreneurial and enterprise activity.   

Although 2011 entries for the award attracted a very high level of applicants, Coventry University is a highly deserved winner, praised for their innovative thinking, success in embedding entrepreneurial and enterprising activity across their institution, and their ability to engage all members, both internally and externally.   The judging process for the award explored four key categories in particular, including assessing the Institutional Environment, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Faculty, Student Engagement and Entrepreneurial Impact.


Also recognised at the Awards was our former Board member David Gibson of Queen’s University Belfast who was recognised as the ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ in the category sponsored by the Higher Education Academy.

david gibsonEmployers often complain that graduates struggle in the cut and thrust of commerce because they lack an entrepreneurial spirit and business skills. But David Gibson, senior teaching fellow at Queen’s University Management School in Belfast, set out to change that perception by establishing a project to give ‘enterprise for life’ skills to all non-business students. His course is now embedded in 67 academic areas at Queen’s, reaching 11,000 students across the University.

Judge Paul Ramsden, key associate of PhillipsKPA, visiting professor at the Institute of Education and former head of the Higher Education Academy said: “David has made enterprise studies into a reality for over 30,000 students – in subjects as diverse as history and physics. His strong focus on student engagement, his genuine cross-discipline approach and his ground breaking model of venture based learning have had an impact not only locally but also in universities across the world.”

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