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EEUK and NCEE announce the 2013 winners of the National Enterprise Educator Awards

The UK’s top enterprise educators were announced at Sheffield’s Cutlers' Hall for the National Enterprise Educator Awards. The ceremony brought together educators showcasing their excellence in enterprise and entrepreneurship education as part of the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) Gala Dinner on the 12th September.

The winner for the Student Educator award, sponsored by Amersham and Wycombe College and the Next Gen Skills Academy, was announced as the ‘Apprentice Challenge’ team from Aston University. The judges were impressed with how Sepher Eslahi, President of the Aston Entrepreneurs Society, and his fellow students have developed a regional entrepreneurial competition run by students for students in the Midlands into the national student ‘Apprentice Challenge’ for 100 students from 40 Universities.

Pictured above, Simona Popa and Sepher Eslahi celebrate their success with Keith Burnley, NCEE and Professor Elena-Rodriguez-Falcon, University of Sheffield and EEUK.

The Enterprise Educator award sponsored by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) went to Neil Coles of Cardiff University. The trophy and prize money was presented by Richard Atfield of the HEA, pictured below with (L-R) Keith Burnley, Neil Coles and Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon.

Neil explained,’ I’m from a fabulous team who support innovative students and work with other staff to enableneil coles enterprise learning through the disciplines. I have to say a big thank you to the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, Enterprise Educators UK and all Cardiff University staff who are individually helping to advance their students’ enterprise capability through research led teaching.

I’m totally humbled by this Award from the enterprise education community, and will now take some time to consider how best to spend the money, but you can be sure it'll advance the agenda in some way!’


Siobain Hone of the University of Bath Students’ Union was awarded the Enterprise ‘Champions’ accolade with the trophy and prize money being presented to Sorella Smith from the University of Bath by Peter Harrington, Director of the award sponsor SimVenture. This award recognises extra-curricular work and the judges were particularly impressed with the ‘real-life’ experience offered by the initiative which exposes students to real risks and the opportunity to make real profits whilst they test and develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Pictured left to right: Keith Burnley, NCEE; Sorella Smith, University of Bath; Peter Harrington, SimVenture; Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, University of Sheffield & EEUK.


The final award of the evening, the Enterprise Society Champion award, went to Rosy Jones of Southampton Solent University who was recognised for her continued support for Enterprise Societies.   Hushpreet Dhaliwal of NACUE, sponsors of this award, presented the award and prize money which will be used to further grow Solent’s Enterprise Societies – Sparks and Enactus.rosy jones

Pictured right (L-R): Keith Burnley, NCEE; Rosy Jones, Southampton Solent University; Hushpreet Dhaliwal, NACUE

Keith Burnley, CEO from NCEE said “The 2013 NEEA 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 enterprise educators and their supporting institutions celebrated as well as true innovations and 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 award organisers would like to thank all of the award category sponsors as well as Sheffield based innovative engineering company, Gripple Ltd who sponsored the drinks reception at the award ceremony.

Additional information including the full shortlist is available here.

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