UCLan in running for Entrepreneurial University of the Year award

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A UNIVERSITY which has a campus in Burnley has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial University of the Year award.

UCLan, based in Princess Way, has also been shortlisted for the Research Project of the Year gong for its innovative EvoFIT project, a composite system which helps victims and witnesses construct an enhanced likeness of a criminal’s face. The winner will be announced at the Times Higher Education Awards gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on November 24th.

The awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the education calendar and purely focuses on excellence in higher education institutions throughout the UK.

Mr Bede Mullen, director of UCLan’s Knowledge Transfer Service, said: “Although a huge honour and something we are delighted with, it doesn’t come as a surprise to us at the university that we continue to be recognised for our work in this area. We are often admired for our knowledge-sharing work with the business community and our start-up business support but the award of Entrepreneurial University of the Year is so much more than that.

“We have transformed our culture to provide environments for supporting student enterprise and graduate entrepreneurship while our staff, curriculum and systems are embedded with a spirit of enterprise.

“We offer choice, with more than 70 student modules to choose from, directly developing their entrepreneurial skills while operating the largest university-based student work placement scheme in the UK.

“It doesn’t end there, more than 88% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation and more than 80% stay in Lancashire, ensuring the wealth of talent we have keeps Lancashire at the forefront of industry.”

The work UCLan does with industry recently received a major funding boost when it was announced earlier this year that the university would receive £2.25m. per year for the next four years from the Higher Education Innovation Fund – a sum UCLan is matching.