Educate the North logo with TelegraphAhead of the evening awards and afternoon conference on Thursday 21 April, we are pleased to announce the shortlist for the Educate North Awards 2016 – jump straight to the shortlist here.

The Educate North Awards initiative is delivered in association with The Daily Telegraph, Barclays, The Alliance Manchester Business School, UCLan, the University of Manchester Intellectual Property, Brinkley Services and the Bird Consultancy.

The award winners will be announced at a spectacular dinner on the evening of Thursday 21 April at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester, preceded by a conference in the afternoon, which will showcase best practice and the world-class status of many of the North’s leading HE institutions along with high level presentations and debate and the launch of the University Entrepreneurs Challenge 2016.

Our outstanding panel of judges met and went through the dozens of entries last week.

Educate North – The conference

Greg Dyke

Greg Dyke

The theme of the conference this year is Europe: the challenges facing the North and the next generation of entrepreneurs. We are fortunate to have secured a number of outstanding national and international speakers including:

  • Greg Dyke (by video) – Broadcaster and Businessman, Chairman of the Football Association and until last summer, the Chancellor of York University for 11 years
  • Rt Hon Lord Willetts – David Willetts was Minister for Universities and Science from 2010-2014 and before that was a shadow Conservative Minister. He is a visiting Professor of King’s College London
  • Julie Mercer, Global Industry Leader, Education, Deloitte
  • Josie Gurney Read, Editor, Education-Online, Telegraph Media Group

and from academia:

  • Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice Chancellor, University of Chester
  • Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University


After the conference, we will be launching the UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURS CHALLENGE 2016 supported by UCLan and other partners.

Six companies, spun out of Northern universities or HE institutions, will go head to head in a special showcase which will demonstrate the range, diversity and ingenuity of firms and entrepreneurs emerging from our institutions.

They will face experienced and professional judges who will question their plans and strategy for growth and development.

At stake is a substantial cash prize to invest in their business and the potential support of mentors.

Full details about the afternoon conference can be found here.

Educate North Awards 2016

Educate North aims to celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England and it is extremely encouraging that in the face of several well-established national awards, even more leading institutions chose to engage in this second year of this uniquely Northern initiative.

Educate North is once again being staged in association with The Daily Telegraph and our partners Barclays, the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP) and two new partners this year in the shape of Brinkley Services and the Bird Consultancy.

Information on the inaugural 2015 Award winners can be found here.

For further information about the Awards evening and the conference or to book tickets, please contact Georgina Jones at Don’t Panic Projects on 01706 828855 or by emailing her at

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The shortlist

Student Experience Award

Barnsley College – Enterprise at Barnsley College and University Campus Barnsley
Liverpool John Moores University – World of Work Careers Centre at LJMU
Nelson and Colne College – Pre-Professional Programme
Newcastle College – Learning Support Service
Newcastle University – Stu Brew
The University of Hull – Brynmor Jones Library Redevelopment
University of Chester – Young Carers support scheme
University of Chester – CHANGES Intervention
Winstanley College – Get more than just a qualification at Winstanley College

Access Award

Newcastle University – Newcastle University Student Wellbeing Service Specialist Learning Team
Newcastle University Students’ Union – NUSU Participation Bursaries
University of Central Lancashire – The UCLan and Ri Young Scientist Centre at the University of Central Lancashire
University of Cumbria – Young Care Leavers into Higher Education Initiative

Commercial Engagement Award

Liverpool John Moores University – The Football Exchange at Liverpool John Moores University and Prozone Sports Ltd
The University of Hull
The University of Hull – SEED at the University of Hull

Employer Engagement Award

Liverpool John Moores University – World of Work Careers Centre, Employer Engagement Team
Nelson and Colne College – Catering Department
Newcastle University Business School
South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd – The Crewe and Macclesfield Pledges
Tameside College
University of Cumbria – Enterprise & Business Development (EBD) Service
University of Liverpool Careers & Employability Service Employer Engagement Team

Research Team of the Year

Newcastle University
University of Hull – Endo180 Cancer Team

Environmental Sustainability Award

There will be no shortlist announced for this category, the winner will be announced on the evening.

Student Union of the Year

Newcastle University Students’ Union
University of Cumbria Students’ Union (UCSU)
University of Manchester Students’ Union

Business School of the Year

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Newcastle University Business School

Research Project of the Year

Centre for People and Performance – Skills for Care Research Project
Clinical research team of LJMU investigating black bone disease
Liverpool John Moores University – Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Jockey Health Research Group
The Virgo Consortium – The EAGLE Project

Innovation Award

The University of Hull
University of Chester – Thornton Science Park

External Relations Programme of the Year

Salford City College
The University of Manchester – policy@manchester
University of Central Lancashire
Winstanley College

Further Education College / Sixth Form of the Year

Tameside College
Winstanley College

Leadership Award

Canon Professor Timothy J. Wheeler DL
Dr Zoe Knowles – Public Engagement Lead, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University
Julian Appleyard
Lynn Bewley
Professor Mike Thomas

University of the Year

Lancaster University
Liverpool John Moores University
Newcastle University
The University of Sheffield
University of Chester


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