Entrepreneurship scheme shortlisted for Guardian Awards

Friday, 20 December 2013

OBSEA shortlisted for the Guardian Awards

The Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards (OBSEA) have been shortlisted for the Guardian University Awards 2014.

From Passion to Action, the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards (OBSEA) programme has been shortlisted for the The Guardian University Awards 2014, in the Enhancing Student Experience category.

Launched in 2013, these awards are designed to showcase and celebrate the outstanding innovation, creativity and impact of UK universities in delivering world-class teaching, research and engagement. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday 24 February when Brookes will be tweeting its result live on #passion2act.

Roberto Daniele, OBSEA Programme Lead, commented: “Enhancing the student experience is at the heart of this university and the news is a wonderful endorsement of our work, regardless of whether we win. To be shortlisted is in itself no small achievement in the face of nationwide competition and so much good work going on in the HE sector in this area.”

OBSEA Programme Coordinator, Jeff Willmore, added: “It’s very exciting news and a great tribute to the staff, students and recent graduates who have participated in this programme. We are hugely grateful to them all and to our partners, UnLtd, for their constant support, and to Student Hubs for their work in helping us to deliver the programme.”

The OBSEA programme was launched in September 2012 and has proved to be very popular among students, staff and recent graduates, involving more than 300 participants. It has been heralded a success both as a key learning tool to enhance student employability, but also as a vehicle for promoting social entrepreneurship.

The Guardian University Awards aim to recognise and reward working projects in universities that demonstrate genuine innovation in the sector, collaborative delivery on the ground, and meaningful impact both inside their institutions and beyond, with the potential to inspire others.