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UCLan named as pioneering partner

11 September 2012

Rachel Atkinson

University chosen to play national part in Higher Education social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing movement within the HE sector and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been chosen as a pioneering partner for the UnLtd and HEFCE HE Support Initiative.

Over the next 12 months, UCLan will work with UnLtd to develop a support structure which places social entrepreneurship at the heart of the University, as well as giving staff and students the chance to start up a social venture.

“The opportunity to work closely with UnLtd will extend and enhance the creation and development of social enterprises across UCLan”

UCLan is one of only 54 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England to partner with UnLtd on this initiative to embed a culture of social entrepreneurship within their institution and across the Higher Education sector.

Over the past three years UCLan has seen a steady increase in the number of its students and graduates starting new businesses, many of which are social enterprises.

With business support facilities based in Preston, Burnley and Westlakes, Cumbria UCLan has been in the top five nationally and top in the region for producing student and graduate start-up businesses.

Janet Lange, Head of Employability and Enterprise at UCLan, commented: “The opportunity to work closely with UnLtd will extend and enhance the creation and development of social enterprises across UCLan and help us further improve the support on offer.”