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Newcastle University: Student brewers toast success

Europe’s first student-run microbrewery has scooped top international awards for enterprise and sustainability.

Stu Brew won the prestigious Reimagine Education overall enterprise award, beating competition from higher education institutions around the world. The sustainable microbrewery, run by students for students, also picked up silver in the sustainability category. Postgraduate student James Milne, current Sales Manager for Stu Brew, said: “Winning the Enterprise award and silver in Sustainability was unexpected but a great pleasure.” Read the full story here.

 

LJMU: Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award

LJMU lifted the Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award trophy, sponsored by NCEE, at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards. The judges said that Liverpool John Moores University had become a “truly entrepreneurial university”, with enterprising spirit supported and encouraged inside and outside the curriculum. The Entrepreneurship Educators Academe, created and led by Professor David Gibson OBE, helps to create curricula that are demonstrably linked to entrepreneurship. This unit has created numerous partnerships with business, civic organisations and charities – and entrepreneurship is now embedded in many degree programmes. Click here for the full story.

 

University of Bristol: Sound shaping tech start-up wins £10,000 funding

Metasonics, a revolutionary sound technology company founded by two University of Bristol academics as a joint venture with the University of Sussex, has won this year’s New Enterprise Competition [NEC] and £10,000 funding. The NEC is a business start-up competition which allows students, staff and alumni to pitch for a share of over £40,000 to accelerate their vision for a commercial or social enterprise. Metasonics co-founder and University of Bristol Mechanical Engineering Senior Research Associate, Dr Mihai Caleap said: “We are over the moon to have won. This support will give us an invaluable start in bringing Metasonics to a mass market and open up a new world of technology. Click here for the full story.

 

Plymouth Marjon University: Two brand new business programmes

Plymouth Marjon University has just launched two brand new Business programmes BSc (hons) Business and BSc (hons) Business with Foundation Year. Students on these programmes are immersed in the world of business. Both programmes combine theory with practice, providing a hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial skills. Marjon’s strong links with the local and regional business community enhance the practical focus of this business degree and a suite of extracurricular activities provide additional opportunities for students to develop their business knowledge, skills and capabilities. On completion, students are primed to establish their own company or confidently step into a range of entrepreneurial careers within existing organisations.

 

SIE: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Scottish Institute for Enterprise sponsored the Scottish element of the inaugural Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at the BQ National Entrepreneur Festival in November, which saw winners recognised from regions all over the UK. Scotland's winner was student entrepreneur  James McIlroy (Enterobiotix) from Aberdeen University. He received his award on stage from Dawn Shand from the SIE Team. Click here for the full story.

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