2009 to 2011 UnLtd and HEFCE led a unique partnership from 2009 to 2011 to deliver the ‘Higher Education Social Entrepreneurship Awards’ (HE SE Awards). The campaign promoted the profile of social entrepreneurship in the Higher Education sector and demonstrated how social entrepreneurship adds value to Higher Education.
This £1 million campaign directly funded and supported the creation of 200 new social ventures by staff and students in 70 universities across England. Just 12 months from start-up each venture had an average of 500 beneficiaries, 12 volunteers, 2 employees and £5,800 in additional income raised with 90% experiencing a boost in their ability to run a venture.
The second report is due in January 2014 and will explore the impact of the programme on Award Winners and their impact on communities through delivery of social ventures.
The Current Campaign
HEFCE and UnLtd are currently partnering on SEE Change and working with 59 universities to help mainstream and embed social entrepreneurship support within the HE sector. Maintaining the momentum of this work to date, we aim to strengthen and broaden HE sector support for social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Our aim is to build knowledge, expertise, capacity and resources to enable a university led ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs to mature and become self-sustaining.
The next phase of this programme will amplify the impact from the first two programmes and deliver a strategic national programme with social leadership development, systems development and knowledge exchange at its core.
From January 2014, interested universities and organisations will be invited to submit an expression of interest for funding and support to lead on key elements of the programme including:
- The formation of regional and thematic clusters. These will be collaborations led by universities across geographic regions, or working on the same theme, to increase innovation, knowledge exchange and network development. These clusters could also act as ‘supporters’ and buddies for new HEIs wishing to develop their offer to social entrepreneurs.
- The formation of collaborations focused on developing innovative approaches to enhancing the ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurs. These collaborations will be across sectors at local, regional or national level and could involve student bodies, social enterprise support agencies or private companies wishing to partner with and add value to the programme.
- Developing the skills, capacity and infrastructure of universities to support high potential staff and student social entrepreneurs seeking higher level Awards and social investment support. By linking with social investment expertise, this element of the programme will offer universities the opportunity and resources to support social ventures with potential to scale up, grow rapidly and in many cases exploit commercial models and market opportunities.
Further information, including a Prospectus for the programme, will be available from January 2014.
Supported By HEFCE
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England, and ensures that this money is used to deliver the greatest benefit to students and the wider public.