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Loughborough University: Enterprise Awards

Last month Loughborough University hosted its bi-annual Enterprise Awards to celebrate the impacts of its external partnerships, and its employment-ready and entrepreneurial graduates.

Sixteen finalists were shortlisted, with 9,000 votes cast to decide the winners. Awards were presented by Loughborough alumni Clive Hickman, CEO of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Joe Marshall, Director of Strategy, National Centre for Universities and Business and Stuart Miller, CEO ByBox for the following projects: A framework to help DEFRA manage bio-security threats; emissions technology for cleaner diesel engines and next generation wearable data technology for sports performance. Diane Simpson, Deputy CE of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce presented the final award of the night to a student that helped drive efficiency savings at Pirelli Burton. Full story here


University of Salford: Innovating Future Business 2017

On the 10th of May 2017, the University of Salford in partnership with University Alliance, held the finals of a pioneering business idea competition- Innovating Future Business 2017. This initiative broke new ground and culminated in 11 universities pitching to 5 entrepreneurial investors at Media City UK and kick-started a new era of university, cross disciplinary collaboration based on innovation. The Innovating Future Business Competition is a culmination of the work of University of Salford on fostering entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities for students by connecting them with industry. Full story here


Lancaster University: Richard Beresford Bursary attracts the attention of Stanford

A Richard Beresford Bursary is contributing to the cost of Amanda Brooks going to Stanford to the Teaching and Learning Studio. As a direct result of the connections forged, the Programme Director from Stanford offered to visit Lancaster while in the UK to give them a taste of Design Thinking d.School style. The outcome was a fantastic two hour event with 40 attendees; half-staff and half students, where a real life student university challenge (transition to university) was tackled by going through a complete hands on design cycle of Empathise – Define – Ideate – Prototype – Test. The teams came up with some really innovative, human centred solutions and stakeholders present learned a lot about Lancaster as a ‘challenge driven university’.

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