Preston’s University of Central Lancashire has been shortlisted for a prestigious educational award.
The institution has beaten off competition from hundreds of UK higher education providers to make the final list for Entrepreneurial University of the Year in the 10th annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.
Head of UCLan Innovation and Enterprise, John Lonsdale said: “It is great recognition for us as we have worked very hard to make UCLan a truly entrepreneurial, enterprising and innovative university.”
Over the past couple of years UCLan has invested in an Innovation and Enterprise team to create a stronger enterprising and entrepreneurial environment throughout all areas of the institution.
Work has also seen academics create the innovative AeroSee project. where lecturers worked with Patterdale Mountain Rescue to use drones, along with ‘crowd sourced’ online volunteers, to perform mountain rescues. It was shortlisted for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year prize.
In the most recent HEBCIS survey UCLan was ranked second in the UK for the number of student start-ups businesses and first in UK for number of business start-ups still trading after three years.
John added: “We’ve enjoyed great success with our new programmes and support mechanisms. These have included distinguished visitor programmes to encourage enterprising international collaboration, commercial training to boost staff and students confidence and the development of a Chinese subsidiary company in China.”