University of Hull win Guardian University Award for business partnership

University of Hull win Guardian University Award for business partnership

NCUB members University of Hull honoured for work with entrepreneurs.

This is the second year of the Guardian University Awards, which celebrate innovation in the higher education sector, and the first that saw the business partnership given out.

The prize went to the University of Hull's 'For Entrepreneurs Only' project (pictured).The FEO group's members have a joint turnover of £1.5 billion and employ over 8,000 people. The University's work with FEO last year helped more than 500 entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Vice-Chancellor Calie Pistorius blogged for NCUB about the partnership earlier this month.

Director of the University’s Knowledge Exchange, Bill Walker said: “Winning this award is a tremendous achievement – another national competition won by the city of Hull! The judges were really quite effusive in their praise. It demonstrates what can be achieved when universities and business partners work together, and we are very proud to be able to showcase the partnership’s success on a national stage. One of the strategic aims of the University of Hull is to be an ‘anchor institution’ within its communities and this is an excellent example of how we are doing exactly that.”

Jan Brumby, Chief Executive of FEO, and a holder of The Queen's Award for Enterprise promotion said: “It is fantastic news that this unique relationship has been recognised nationally. We firmly believe a rising tide floats all boats, that means if we can improve the local economy we can benefit not only established businesses and fledgling entreprises. All the FEO members share that common goal and give their time and effort free of charge. This award recognises that selflessness and shared purpose to improve the local economy and create jobs.”

University/FEO activities have included entrepreneur boot camps, internships and career advice for students by FEO members and their companies, liaison with banks to facilitate lending to businesses, and the flagship joint event ‘100 ways to grow your business’ held on campus during Humber Business Week.

The other nominees were Leeds Metropolitan University for the Leeds Environmental Design Associates and Solid Wall Insulation CIC partnership and Middlesex University for their CTC Aviation partnership. 

Other winners on the night included NCUB members the University of Manchester, Open University and Loughbourgh University.

Judges for the awards included leadership council members Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and Graham Henderson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teeside University.

The awards were held in central London and presented by author and broadcaster Victoria Mitchell-Coren.

Also on the 26th February, the Guardian held their 2014 University Forum. This year's theme was 'Competing on a Global Stage', addressing UK higher education at home and abroad.

Among the topics is what role universities can play helping to foster student innovation and entrepreneurship, to assist graduates who are looking to stand out in the job market. The speakers for the forum included four members of the NCUB Leadership Council:

The forum was sponsored by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), also NCUB members.

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