Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year Award won by University's Enterprise Adviser

The 'UnLtd/HEFCE Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year 2015' Award has been won by Nottingham Trent University's Enterprise Adviser, Sean Macaskill, at a ceremony in London.

The UnLtd/HEFCE Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year 2015 Award has been won by Nottingham Trent University's Enterprise Adviser, Sean Macaskill, at a ceremony in London.

The category was open to universities and social ventures. It was the only award to recognise individual contribution to the sector and the winner was chosen by an external panel that included representatives from University Alliance, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) along with social entrepreneurs.

Sean is based at The Hive, Nottingham Trent University's centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise. Between 2012-2015, Sean's support and guidance has helped 62 social enterprise activities; funded 27 projects and potential ventures, created 25 new start-up social ventures and six spin-out businesses. These include Cavology Ltd, which is the university's first ever permanent city centre retail incubator/brand and is a first for any UK university.

Sean said: "It is extremely rewarding to win this award as it acknowledges the work I have done at the university to support social entrepreneurs among our students, graduates and staff.

"My work embeds social entrepreneurship, in particular creating university social enterprise spin-outs which create embedded learning and multiple placement opportunities and are a vehicle for applied academic knowledge."

Professor Eunice Simmons, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, Nottingham Trent University, added: "Sean's success in these awards is a tremendous and well-deserved win for him. It demonstrates the university's commitment to social entrepreneurship and to working in partnership with local public and private sector organisations.

"Sean has linked two of the main strategic objectives of his role at the university - social ventures and embedding entrepreneurship into degree content - into an original solution of creating a social venture linked to specific areas of university academia."

Other projects supported by Sean include working with Nottingham City Council on a day care centre for young adults with profound learning difficulties as well as working closely with Nottingham's Creative Quarter, HMP Whatton, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, Nottinghamshire County Council and numerous education and health care providers.

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    • The Hive at Nottingham Trent University is a purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise. It supports the creation of new businesses as well as fostering the delivery of entrepreneurship education into the curriculum across the University. It primarily supports students and graduates of Nottingham Trent University to set up and run their own businesses.
    • Sean Macaskill was recently awarded a fast track fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and was asked earlier this year by the British Council to go to Thailand to speak to Thai Universities about his work on commercialising university intellectual property for social purpose business.
    • Sean has co-created with academics embedded degree modules linked to social ventures/social entrepreneurship/social intrapreneurship, including this academic year’s MSc Marketing Consultancy project, working on positively branding the food oversupply menu in a new social enterprise cafe, co-founded by Sean.
    • The Safer Living Foundation, a charity created with the help of Nottingham Trent University researchers, which is one of the Social Enterprise spin-outs that Sean has supported, won the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Rehabilitation 2015.
    • UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better. We do this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals make their ideas a reality. UnLtd’s mission is to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live.
    • The SEE Change programme is a focus on three key themes: social leadership, system development and knowledge exchange. This enables universities to become stronger ‘social institutions’ and embed social entrepreneurship into the mainstream of the Higher Education sector. It has provided Universities with the opportunity for to support social entrepreneurs beyond their staff and students; leading on social inclusion and economic development in their communities.
    • The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is a public sector body which distributes money to universities and colleges in England. We invest on behalf of students and the public to promote opportunity, choice and excellence in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. We ensure effective financial stewardship of our funding to maintain the confidence of Parliament, students and the public, and we encourage and support the positive contribution that higher education (HE) makes to the economy and society.

Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year Award won by University's Enterprise Adviser

Published on 29 June 2015
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