Background to the project

  • OBSEA, the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards, is a national award winning programme for students, staff and recent graduates, who are interested in social enterprise or social innovation or who wish to set up and run a social enterprise. It’s about developing real world solutions to social problems, but also about developing your career skills and boosting your employment opportunities.

    To find out more please register your interest.

    OBSEA began as a higher education support initiative originally funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and delivered by UnLtd, an organisation that supports social entrepreneurs in the UK and globally. The programme has also been funded by generous donations from Santander and from Brookes alumni.

    Social entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing movement within the HE sector and through the UK, Europe and the world. In 2014, Brookes collaborated with the University of Oxford and Student Hubs to set up a major new social entrepreneurship umbrella partnership for Oxfordshire, called Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership or simply OSEP.  OSEP was introduced to support existing and potential social entrepreneurs in the region and this initiative means there is more funding than ever available to help social entrepreneurship locally.

    The OBSEA programme has recently evolved to include social innovation and volunteering placements in social enterprise, in order to fulfil the needs of a wider range of participants.

    You can watch our winners  video stories and learn more about the programme by looking at our case studies page.

    Join our OBSEA learning community and stay up to date with key dates and events  register your interest.