Friday, 11 February 2011
The University of Worcester has been highly commended in the Midlands Enterprising University of the Year award.
The University came second in the awards to Aston University in Birmingham, beating competition from 19 other Midlands institutes.
Harj Sandher, Chief Executive Officer of Midlands Business Awards, said: “The University of Worcester demonstrated its commitment to helping students and graduates to find employment as well as developing the spirit of enterprise within them. It also has an excellent relationship with businesses across the region. This is why the University received this award.”
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “The University is delighted to have been highly commended in these awards. We are committed to giving our students the best chance at securing employment after completing their studies. Currently, we have the best graduate employment rate for any West Midlands university and the 6th best in Britain.”
The University was nominated for the award largely due to its earn while you learn programme and its successful Salaried Graduate Internship Scheme. The internship scheme, the first of its kind to be launched in the UK, helps graduates to secure paid employment with local firms while offering the chance to study for a postgraduate certificate.
Professor Green said: “We work closely with the business community to ensure we are educating people with the right high level skills and qualifications. Our Salaried Graduate Internship Scheme has proved very popular and effective with many businesses and has been highly commended by the CBI, TUC and Government Ministers for helping firms to secure the dynamic graduates they need and graduates to secure highly productive paid employment combined with a highly relevant management course. This is a win win and is all part of the University’s ‘earn while you learn’ philosophy which has been so successful and popular.”
The University also administers the SPEED WM programme, which offers students from eight partner universities the opportunity to develop their business ideas whilst studying. The £5million project, partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund, aims to help students become the entrepreneurs of the future and has been running since March 2009.
Other initiatives include the Worcester Ideas Network – a highly successful student enterprise society which lets its members share ideas and meet like-minded students from other universities; and the Knowledge Transfer Grants Scheme , a “Dragons’ Den”-style programme which enables university staff to develop their own commercial ideas and test them in the marketplace.