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The University of Manchester retains HEI of the Year status for Supporting Social Entrepreneurs

The Social Enterprise Team at UMIP and Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) were delighted to walk away with a series of accolades at the UnLtd SEEChange Recognition Awards for Social Enterprise which were held in London on 10th June 2015.

Not only did the University retain the prestigious Higher Education Institute of the Year Award for Supporting Social Entrepreneurship but many of its social enterprises and key projects also won awards.

  • Shon Lewis and Charlie Stockton’s Clintouch, a new technology which supports people with pyschosis won the Outstanding Innovation Award. Edwin Broni-Mensah, who graduated just under 5 years ago and was one of the first student winners of an UnLtd development award and a Venture Further finalist in 2010, was a runner-up in this category.
  • Ruth Daniel won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for her work with In Place Of War, an award-winning initiative which helps to build powerful networks, create social change through creativity and demonstrate the value of the arts to public space, public life and public debate. Amy Win was shortlisted in the same category for her project 4Lunch.
  • Adam Garrow won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Jolly Wheezers and Dr Laura Etchells from UMIP and Dr Martin Henery from MEC were both runners up in the Social Entrepreneurship Champion of the Year category.

James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility at the University commented:

“Social entrepreneurship is at the heart of our University culture and infrastructure and these successes are a great demonstration of that commitment to enterprise, research with social impact and social responsibility. This is a well-deserved show of recognition for the work of MEC, UMIP and all of the staff and student winners and runners-up.”


Making a Difference Awards 2015

Congratulations to all the awardees recognised in the Making a Difference Social Responsibility Awards on the 7th May 2015.

We are please to highlight the winners of the two social enterprise categories;

Outstanding Aspiring Social Enterprise of the Year (trading for less than 1-year)


Ruth Daniel, Co- Director, In Place of War, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Highly Commended:

Ryan Anthony Shoesmith, The Little Missing Piece Co, Undergraduate student, School of Psychological Sciences

Erinma Ochu and Caroline Ward, Farm Lab, Faculty of Life Sciences

Outstanding Social Enterprise of the Year (trading more than 1-year)


Helen Power, Director, Levenshulme Market, Department of Development and Alumni Relations

Highly Commended:

Amy Win, Director, 4Lunch Ltd, Alumnus of the School of Social Sciences

Dr. Joanne Tippett, Director, Ketso, School of Environment, Education and Development

Further details about all the winners and highly commended awardees can be found on the Social Responsibility website