The University of Nottingham has been named ‘Midlands Enterprising University of the Year’.
Judges in the Midlands Business Awards 2009 praised its ‘outstanding performance’ in the promotion of entrepreneurship among students, and a commitment to entrepreneurial activity that has made the University a pioneer within UK higher education.
Nottingham beat other shortlisted universities from both East and West Midlands at an awards ceremony held in Birmingham on January 30, attended by hundreds of business people from across the region including guest of honour Digby Jones, Lord Jones of Birmingham, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment and Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry.
The University of Nottingham offers one of the largest and most highly developed entrepreneurship programmes in Europe. Under the auspices of the University’s Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (UNIEI), programmes are open to first-year undergraduates on all courses, with 1,600 students enrolled in the last academic year. Postgraduates can enrol in cross-disciplinary degrees in entrepreneurship, and the University’s ingenuity and enterprise support programmes are sector-leading.
The Midlands Business Award follows recent success at the Times Higher Education Awards, when the University was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’. Business students at Nottingham have also shown they are award-winners in their own right — after winning the title of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) UK four years in a row from 2005-08. They are competing again for SIFE honours in 2009.
Martin Binks, Director of UNIEI and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Nottingham University Business School, collected the latest award at the ceremony in Birmingham. He said: “Winning this award is a great achievement and is a tribute to the talent and drive of our staff and students.
“Enterpreneurialism has long been embedded at The University of Nottingham and we have a commitment to nurture the most enterprising graduates in British higher education. Our success is based on so many different aspects of the University — it’s fantastic to have endorsement and recognition of what we do from the business community.”
Nottingham University Business School has pioneered entrepreneurship teaching and research via its Entrepreneurship Division and UNIEI. The University was one of the first to bring entrepreneurship education into the mainstream, with all first-year undergraduates taking modules in the subject. It has also developed an innovative suite of Masters programmes and an MBA programme in entrepreneurship.
The University has launched award-winning spin-out companies and works with a wide range of businesses, including global brands such as AstraZeneca, Ford and Rolls-Royce. An Innovation Park for spin-out enterprise and collaborative industrial projects has been added to its Jubilee Campus, which is also home to Aspire, the UK’s tallest free-standing work of public art.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.