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Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2012

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:11:00 GMT

Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2012

Liz Town Andrews

Pictured left to right: Comedian and compere David Walliams, Dr Kelly Smith (Head of Enterprise), Professor Liz Town-Andrews (Director of Research and Enterprise) and Paul Hannon, Chief Executive, NCEE (National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education)

‌The University of Huddersfield has won the award of Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award. 

The award was presented last night (29 November) at the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. 

Professor Liz Towns-Andrews, the University’s 3M Chair of Innovation, ‌collected the prize at the ‘Oscars-style’ event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London from comedian David Walliams. 

The University was commended by the judges for its “entrepreneurial outlook championed at the highest levels of the institution”. 

The University’s submission highlighted the emphasis placed on enterprise and innovation and featured the £8 million EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology, launched last year by Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable, and its strategic partnerships with Siemens, The Prince’s Trust and 3M, who, with Kirklees Council backed the £12 million ERDF-funded 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

‌‌Professor Towns-Andrews was the inspiration and motivation behind the development of the Innovation Centre, which is now up and running and designed to forge greater links between universities, research institutes and the world of business.  Professor Towns-Andrews is now the Centre’s Chief Executive.

Professor Bob Cryan Pictured l-r: Professor Graham Leslie with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan

‌‌The Innovation Centre opened its doors in July this year and was named after the former 3M CEO Sir George Buckley, who is a University of Huddersfield graduate.  Entrepreneur and businessman Graham Leslie was appointed as its first Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and its Managing Director Patrick Allen (pictured below), led the successful re-branding of the Co-operative chain to become one of the most go-ahead retailers in Britain.

Patrick Allen Professor Bob Cryan, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, was delighted to win the award:

“We have placed a strong emphasis on enterprise and innovation for a number of years and this has flourished through the creation of a supportive infrastructure and the appointment of key personnel.  We, and the local and regional community, are now starting to reap the rewards of this investment as we are becoming nationally recognised as a truly ‘business-facing’ university.  

“We are ranked in the top 10 nationally for undergraduate and postgraduate employability, student placements in industry, and the number of student and graduate businesses supported.  Several elements of our entrepreneurial activity were highlighted recently as case studies in the Wilson Review of Business-University Collaboration.”

In the video below Theo Paphitis, star of the BBC's Dragons' Den talks about the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

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