University of Manchester’s social enterprise message reaches Thailand


On Tuesday 7th October, The University of Manchester and UMIP welcomed a delegation from Thailand to its Innovation Centre to hear about the University’s social enterprise and social responsibility agenda through a series of presentations and case studies.

The delegation was led by Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT) and composed university council chairmen, university presidents, vice-presidents and deans as well as representatives from the government.

Dr Gill Green, University of Manchester Social Enterprise Ambassador, welcomed the delegation and introduced them to her social enterprise, STORM, which provides skills-based self-harm mitigation and suicide postvention training packages.

Further presentations detailed the University’s social enterprise and social responsibility agenda with two University social enterprises presenting their businesses. UnLtd, the University’s partner in Higher Education / Social Enterprise development explained how they support social entrepreneurs as did business development support experts, NovoModo.

“This was a great opportunity to show the Thai delegates how the University is increasingly supporting social entrepreneurship at scale and how having access to UnLtd and the local support community means ventures can scale and grow off campus and add value to Manchester and beyond,” said Tony Walker of UMIP.

UnLtd hosted an afternoon workshop on the developing support ecosystems in Greater Manchester for social enterprises with a panel formed from New Economy, GMCVO, Trafford Housing, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Big Society Capital, and the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Nickala Torkington of UnLtd said: “UnLtd believe HEIs are natural centres of social entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing substantial benefits to our society and economy as well as their localities. Through the UnLtd/HEFCE SEE Change programme, they are able to carry out more direct work with beneficiaries. We hope the delegates found inspiration from this event and we can progress mutual learning internationally as Thai universities develop ecosystems of support for social entrepreneurs.”