Why Get Involved?

“89% of staff HE SE Award Winners feel their social venture is beneficial to their roles.

Social entrepreneurship in Higher Education provides teaching, academic and professional staff with an opportunity to innovate; this enhances teaching methods, research impact and extends their responsibilities.”Unlocking the Potential of Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Report – HEFCE/UnLtd.

Benefits of social enterprise to academics, staff and students:

  • Impact – social enterprise can be used as a way for academics to support and evidence Impact delivery by applying their research into active community engagement
  • Engagement – be a vehicle for engaging with relevant companies, charities, non-government organisations etc. for potential research utilising a social enterprise
  • Employability – social enterprise enhances the student experience as it helps improve employability and has direct educational benefits
  • Alternative income generation – rather than a ‘commercial’ route, a social enterprise offers an alternate way to generate income for reinvestment into research activities
  • Social conscience – record levels of graduate unemployment coupled with a growing social conscience amongst ‘Generation Y’ have fuelled a rise in the number of students and graduates setting up social enterprises
  • Innovation – social enterprise can help deliver or extend research outcomes in innovative new ways through working with new contacts and networks
  • Reputation – supporting social entrepreneurs in higher education not only improves employability and academic studies, it also assists the University’s reputation in its locality

Whatever your reason, social enterprise is a great way of expanding your career and personal development. You may know nothing about social enterprise or be a seasoned social entrepreneur – either way, UMIP is here to provide you with support and help source funding to achieve your ideas.