Cardiff Metropolitan University's Centre for Student Entrepreneurship was shortlisted this week for a National Guardian University Award within the Entrepreneurship category.
The Centre for Student Entrepreneurship is Cardiff Metropolitan University's dedicated department for developing and encouraging students, graduates and staff to engage in entrepreneurship education. The department is funded by the Welsh Government under the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy South East Wales Higher Education Hub. The Hub is one of six Regional hubs established and funded by Welsh Government to drive it's commitment to encouraging youth entrepreneurship in Wales.
The Guardian Awards showcase best practice, achievement and innovation in higher education throughout the UK across a range of categories. Honouring excellence in everything from teaching practice to inspiring facilities, the awards act as a sector benchmark and offer universities a seal of approval for their most outstanding work.
Cardiff Metropolitan University's Centre for Student Entrepreneurship works with local businesses, charities and entrepreneurs to offer students a real life journey through entrepreneurship. Innovative activities such as test trading, business start-ups, flash investment funds and 24 hour challenges are organised to provide students with structured, hands on opportunities to develop and apply their business and entrepreneurship skills. This is excellent preparation for future employment or self-employment.
A team from Cardiff Met will attend an awards ceremony in central London next month where the winners of each category within the Guardian University Awards will be announced.
Matthew Taylor, Director of Enterprise at Cardiff Metropolitan University said: "It's fantastic to be recognised for the innovative work that we are carrying out with students and staff across the University.
"Having the skills, knowledge and personal attributes to catch the eye of employers is very important, but by learning to be enterprising and entrepreneurial too, we feel that our students will be very well equipped for future success.
"We are seeing increasing demand for entrepreneurship education, and gaining recognition through prestigious awards such as these will further validate the value of our programmes."