The Lloyds Bank - National Business Awards UK 2017  


The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship

Recognising the work of universities to encourage, prepare and enable entrepreneurial opportunities, this Award will distinguish those doing and delivering most.

The entry deadline for this category has been extended to  Friday 30 June 2017. This is the opportunity for national recognition - register now to start your entry.

Designed to inspire and measure university commitment to entrepreneurship, the Award will focus on the level and quality of enterprise societies, use of alumni entrepreneurs, small business internships and the extent to which the careers service offers start up advice.

 Judges will assess departmental or faculty support in curricular, cross-campus and extra-curricular support in entrepreneurship teaching. They will also consider the impact of this support on the number of students and graduates starting their own business each year, the success-rate as well as ongoing support for Alumni start-ups

Core criteria Proportion of overall score 

In-Curricular Support 25% 
Extra-Curricular Support 25%
Cross-Campus Support 25%
Impact 25%

Sir Malcolm Grant - 

“It is a real opportunity to showcase to a wide audience the remarkable spirit of entrepreneurship that has developed across the University sector. I have had the privilege of chairing an exceptionally strong panel of judges, all of them enthusiastic about the spread of enterprise in UK universities.”

Last year's judges

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Previous winners

Anglia Ruskin University - 2016 Winner

Anglia Ruskin University - 2016 Winner

Our judges said: " Anglia Ruskin University have injected enterprise and innovation throughout the curriculum whilst working in partnership with key stakeholders. Their commitment to entrepreneurship and fostering a driven culture has led to initiatives such as the MedTech Campus, one of the world's largest health innovation spaces."

Anglia Ruskin University

Ranking Index

​Over time this award will develop into a ranking index, by using the spirit of competition amongst universities to drive continuous improvement in their commitment to student entrepreneurship and for them to be assessed against their peers annually. In addition, the Future Earnings and Employment Record, when it becomes available, will be used as part of the assessment for this award which will enable it to track the value of university enterprise initiatives and what impact these have on creating entrepreneurs.

Entries are now closed for 2017

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