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June 2015

University rides high at social enterprise awards

(25 June 2015)

Ruth Daniel, from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, was among a number of award winners from the University at the UnLtd SEE Change Recognition Awards.

The UnLtd See Change is a programme championing system development and knowledge exchange to mainstream social entrepreneurship within the Higher Education sector in England. Not only did The University of Manchester retain the prestigious Higher Education Institute of the Year Award for Supporting Social Entrepreneurship at the awards, but several of its social enterprises and key projects also won awards. 

Ruth won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for her work with In Place Of War, based in SALC. In Place Of War is an initiative which helps to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate.

Other winners included:

  • Outstanding Innovation Award  - Shon Lewis, from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences (MHS), (with Charlie Stockton’s Clintouch, a new technology which supports people with psychosis)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award - Adam Garrow, Research Associate from the Institute of Population Health, MHS, for Jolly Wheezers
  • Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year runners-up - Dr Laura Etchells from UMIP and Dr Martin Henery from Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) in Manchester Business School

James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility, said: “Social entrepreneurship is at the heart of our University culture and infrastructure and these successes are a great demonstration of that commitment to enterprise, research with social impact and social responsibility. This is a well-deserved show of recognition for the work of MEC, UMIP and all of the staff and student winners and runners-up.”