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King’s College London: Winner of the HE Team National Enterprise Educator Award

At the recent National Enterprise Educator Awards, King’s College London won the HE Team Enterprise award for the exceptional 12 month growth of its Entrepreneurship Institute.

Julie Devonshire OBE, Director of the Institute said, “It is so special that our work at the Entrepreneurship Institute has been recognised in this way. We are still at the early stages of our journey here at King’s to enhance the entrepreneurial mindset and have more to do. We are hugely grateful to receive this award – it’s entirely down to the brilliant team who work tirelessly to embed entrepreneurship into the DNA of King’s.” Click here for the full story.

Leeds Arts University: Full university status granted

Following a rigorous appraisal process and approval by the Privy Council, Leeds Arts University has been granted full university status and will now be the only specialist arts university in the North of England. Founded in 1846 as the Leeds Government School of Art and Design, Leeds Arts University has contributed significantly to the development of art education in Britain and across the world. The University has offered degree level provision for many years, and in 2016 was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers. For the full story, please click here.

Plymouth College of Art: Social Enterprise Gold Mark awarded

The prestigious Gold Mark, which was first launched at the House of Commons in 2014, was awarded to the College recently at the national Broadening Horizons conference in Winchester. The Gold Mark enables organisations to show the people that matter – staff, students, clients and partners – how they govern and operate their business to create social and environmental benefit. Richard Cobbett, Assessment and Compliance Manager at Social Enterprise Mark CIC said, “Social impact is part of the natural fabric at Plymouth College of Art." Dom Jinks, Director of Plymouth Culture added, “This award is testimony to Plymouth College of Art’s total commitment to education, creativity, culture and social enterprise." Click here to read the full story.

UWE: Incubator places available to graduates from across the UK

Recent graduates from across the UK with an innovative business plan are invited to apply for a free residency at ‘Launch Space’ at the University of the West of England. Located at the University’s new £16m University Enterprise Zone, ‘Launch Space’ is a graduate high-tech business incubator that provides start-ups with one year of free desk space and business support from the end of October 2017. Residencies are available to individuals who have graduated in the past three years, with no age limit for applicants. Their businesses would need to be based in the South West of England. Interested graduates can apply online until 30 September.

UEL: Enterprise Award Winners Achieve Further Success

University of East London start-up, DinoByte Labs, has successfully raised over £3,500 on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter for their debut mobile game Midli. UEL Alumni, Louise Leolin and Christian Lovdal hope to now release Midli later this year on iOS and Android. Read more here. OOZE Drinks, who like Dinobyte received funding and support through UEL’s Haberdashers programme, recently won Shell’s monthly LiveWIRE Smarter Future award. Ooze Drinks caught the attention of judges because of its aim to tackle environmental and social issues by saving fruit and vegetables that are discarded for being misshapen or blemished and turning them into smoothies to help reduce food waste. Read more here.

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