Manchester Metropolitan University

Top teaching status for entrepreneurship

Business School named 'Centre of Excellence'

Back: Dr Steve Mansfield, David Taylor, Robert Dixon. Front: Madeleine Jarvis, Carolyn Branston, Martha Horler, Dr Diane Wright.

GROWING entrepreneurial options for students at MMU have been recognised at the House of Lords with national teaching excellence status.

The Business School has been named a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for entrepreneurial teaching and learning at the glittering ceremony in the Parliament, hosted by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.

The title is the culmination of years of work to nurture a hub of student enterprise – growing from just 50 students engaged in entrepreneurship within the curriculum in 1998, to 2000 this year.

The MMU team led by David Taylor, Principal Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, was recognised for developing entrepreneurial skills and attributes in their students as part of their studies.


He said: “We are really excited by this award and see this as enhancing the employability credentials of our business graduates. The Centre for Excellence status will act as a platform to extend our influence across the University and the region.”

In his acceptance speech, David recognised the New Entrepreneur Scholarship scheme, the launch of Innospace, and the birth of the ‘Ideas, Creativity and Entrepreneurship’ units.

The MMU team was presented with the award by Jenny McDowell, of the Lloyds Banking Group, who said: "MMU is creating the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and professionals through its creative and experiential approach to enterprise."

The University was represented by: Dr Steve Mansfield, Associate Head Employability, David Taylor, Director IOEE Centre of Excellence, Robert Dixon, Entrepreneur and ICE lecturer, Madeleine Jarvis, Senior Fellow Teaching and Learning, Carolyn Branston, Faculty Employability Coordinator, Martha Horler, Senior Administrator IOEE Centre of Excellence, and Dr Diane Wright, Head of Management.

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