University Wins in National Enterprise Awards
The University of Hertfordshire has won two awards at the National Enterprise Educator Awards (NEEA) recognising its commitment to support student and graduate entrepreneurship.
Awarded for excellence in enterprise
As the only institution to be nominated in three categories, staff and student teams from the University were awarded for their excellence in enterprise on Thursday 13 September at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) in Plymouth. Team Venture, led by University academics, won the Enterprise Educators award for transforming the enterprise curriculum and the Herts Entrepreneurs, a student led enterprise society, won the Student Educators award for supporting peer learning and development. The Enterprise Team also received a highly commended award in the Enterprise Society Champions category for supporting, growing and engaging their student enterprise societies.
Exceptional staff and students
Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise and Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “Entrepreneurial activity is key to supporting and growing our economy and is central to our University mission. For both University staff and students to be awarded is exceptional. I am extremely proud of Team Venture, the Herts Entrepreneurs and the Enterprise Team and we are committed to remaining at the forefront of enterprise.”
The Herts Entrepreneurs, an enterprise society run by students for students creates opportunities for members to interact and form collaborations, attend entrepreneurship events and expand their business skills. With 489 members, the society is one of the largest in the country and has engaged with 1,600 students. Team Venture creates entrepreneurial teams with matchmaking technology. As winners, the University received £2,000 to invest in projects and fund further developments at the institution.
National Enterprise Educator Awards (NEEA)
The fourth NEEA is jointly run by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) and recognises those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship in further and higher education in the UK.