Teesside University has cemented its reputation as one of the UK’s most enterprising universities, after being shortlisted for a national award.
The establishment has been named as one of six finalists in the Entrepreneurial University of the Year category in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2013.
The award celebrates universities that have “developed an environment and culture that fosters enterprising attitudes” and which deliver “significant entrepreneurial impact at regional, national and international levels”.
Teesside University has a long track record of entrepreneurship, start-up support and business engagement. More than 1,000 students per year get involved in entrepreneurs@tees, a structured programme of challenges and experiences aimed at stimulating enterprising behaviours and encouraging business start-up.
The programme is supported by a thriving network of successful entrepreneurs.
Support for social enterprise, meanwhile, includes a social entrepreneur in residence, grants for students and staff setting up in business, and workshops led by national figures in the field.
The University has well-established start-up units on its Middlesbrough campus, and its Business Balcony at Darlington campus provides an ideal place for fledgling businesses to ‘hotdesk’ and hold client meetings.
Its DigitalCity Fellowship programme has likewise helped to launch more than 200 companies and in June, Teesside launched Searchcamp, the only business accelerator programme in the country to be run in partnership with a university.
Its director of academic enterprise, Laura Woods, said: ”At Teesside we want to prove that entrepreneurship is a genuine career path and we have helped some fantastic companies to grow on our campuses in Middlesbrough and Darlington.”
The winner will be announced on November 28.