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