Educate the North logo with TelegraphOver 250 people from across the UK attended the second Educate North Awards last Thursday: an increase of 25% in numbers attending, a consequence of the marked rise in entries submitted this year. And the compere, Rob McLoughlin confirmed that plans were already underway to grow the 2017 Awards initiative even further.

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, Utopia Technology and the Bird Consultancy. And this year the Awards were enhanced with the launch of a new initiative supported by UClan and the debut of the University Entrepreneurs Challenge 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.

The award winners and the winners of the Entrepreneurs Challenge were announced at a spectacular dinner on the evening of Thursday 21 April at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester. As with last year, the awards dinner was preceded by a conference in the afternoon, showcasing best practice and the world-class status of many of the North’s leading HE institutions along with high level presentations and debate and a special video interview with Greg Dyke.

Our thanks go out once again to our outstanding panel of judges, detailed information on whom can be found here.

Educate North was staged in association with The Daily Telegraph and our partners Barclays, the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester Intellectual Property (UMIP), John Kennedy CBE and three new partners this year in the shape of UClan, Utopia Technology and the Bird Consultancy.

Further information on the University Entrepreneurs Challenge 2016 and the winners will be published in a separate review piece on Prolific North this week.

Educate North Awards 2016


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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

Further Education winner: Newcastle College

University winner: University of Chester


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

Highly commended:  Newcastle University Students’ Union

Winner: University of Cumbria


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

Highly commended: The University of Hull

Winner: Liverpool John Moores University



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

Further education winner: Nelson and Colne College

University winner: Newcastle University Business School


Research Team of the Year

Newcastle University
University of Hull – Endo180 Cancer Team

Winner: University of Hull


Environmental Sustainability Award

University of Chester – Sustainability Unit/ Carbon and Energy Innovation Lab


Student Union of the Year

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

Winner: Newcastle University Students’ Union


Business School of the Year

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
Newcastle University Business School

Winner: Manchester Metropolitan 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

Highly commeded: Liverpool John Moores University

Winner:  The Virgo Consortium


Innovation Award

The University of Hull
University of Chester – Thornton Science Park

Winner: University of Chester


External Relations Programme of the Year

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

Highly commended:  Winstanley College

Winner:  The University of Manchester


Further Education College / Sixth Form of the Year

Tameside College
Winstanley College

Winner:  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

Further education winner: Julian Appleyard

University winner: Canon Professor Timothy J. Wheeler

University of the Year

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

Winner: Newcastle University



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