“Five gold rings …”, provides festive cheer for the University of Leeds

We are all familiar with the old adage that, “good things come in threes” but for Enterprise at Leeds this has become “good things come in fives!”

It all started in June 2014 with Leeds University Business School coming in the UK top three with Gold for Small Business Charter award for providing support for SMEs and fostering enterprise in the region.

Individual recognition followed just a year later with a National Teaching Fellowship awarded to Professor Nigel Lockett for his outstanding contribution to enterprise  education and in September 2015 by Kairen Skelley being recognised as the HE Enterprise Champion at the National Enterprise Educator Awards for her exceptional and inspirational commitment to supporting student and graduate entrepreneurship.

November 2015 proved to be the crowning month as the University of Leeds firstly won The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship announced at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards on 10 November. The award recognised the University’s role in encouraging and enabling student entrepreneurship and supporting high growth small businesses in the region.

And finally, to complete the “Five gold rings …”, the University was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards. Seen as the ‘Oscars’ of the higher education sector, the award recognised the University’s role in offering opportunities for student entrepreneurship, the support provided for small businesses in the region and its significant innovation and IP commercialisation work.

This award is the ultimate accolade for any enterprising university and the culmination of years of hard work across the whole university. From student start-ups to university spin-out companies and from exceptional enterprise education to supporting high-growth firms in the region, what differentiates Leeds is our commitment to commercialising world leading research and enabling enterprise students and graduates to make economic, social and cultural impact. Building this sector leading enterprise offer is the result of the support and collaboration of staff, students, alumni and entrepreneurs – a winning team.

Seasonal good wishes

Professor Nigel Lockett
Professor of Enterprise at Leeds University Business School