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📰 University’s enterprise champion shortlisted for national award

    • Southampton Solent University

    Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University’s Head of Employability and Enterprise, has been shortlisted in the Enterprise Society Champion category of the prestigious 2013 National Enterprise Educator Awards (NEEA).
Rosy Jones has been recognised for the passion, innovation and leadership she has brought to student enterprise over the last 12 years.  She has supported and trained students to set up their own business, created materials for start-up programmes and strengthened links between business and higher education.
The annual awards - jointly run by the national Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) - recognise outstanding achievements in the enterprise and entrepreneurship education field. 
Over the last decade, Rosy has been responsible for developing a wide range of university clubs and initiatives for student entrepreneurs, including the Dynamo Challenge.  This annual event sets student entrepreneurs from the region’s five universities a series of challenges that test their entrepreneurial spirit and business skills.  
She organised the first ever student Enterprise Support Conference for university enterprise officers, and worked as an enterprise education and economic development consultant for the South East England Development Agency and the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.
Since joining Solent, Rosy has introduced the university to the National Association
of College and University Entrepreneurs’ creative section, which works with universities that specialise in the creative industries; introduced the Students’ Union to RBS ESSA, who are helping their societies to recognise and grow their entrepreneurial abilities; and set up Solent Entrepreneurs’ Network for Sustainable Enterprises (SENSE) - where graduate entrepreneurs can meet up, learn from each other and receive support and advice from the university.
She says: “It’s great to receive this nomination not just for my contributions to entrepreneurship, but also for the university and its talented enterprise team. The passion and tenacity with which Solent champions its students’ potential as freelancers, self-employed practitioners and entrepreneurs is key.” 
“For more than eight years, Solent has been putting its students and graduates at the heart of its enterprise strategy. As a result, 40% of businesses started at Solent are still running three years after commencing trading,” she added.
Rosy has big plans for the 2013/14 academic year. Her team are working towards embedding entrepreneurship across the curricula; hoping to unearth 1000 entrepreneurs, staff and students; and are looking at ways to increase engagement with entrepreneurial alumni.
The winners will be announced at the NEEA Ceremony gala dinner at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) in Sheffield on Thursday 12 September 2013.