The UK’s No. 1 University for Social Enterprise Receives International Recognition

By | April 17, 2013



The University of Northampton has received international recognition for its commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship by being designated a ‘Changemaker Campus’ by Ashoka U.

Ashoka U is the global association of the world’s leading universities supporting social entrepreneurs – people working together to create solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

The University of Northampton is the first in the UK to be awarded this honour, and one of only 22 in the world to receive the designation, joining prestigious institutions such as Cornell University, Duke University, the University of Colorado and Tulane University. By showing an exceptional level of understanding and commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship, the University of Northampton proved its dedication to producing social entrepreneurs and change makers of the future.

Michele Leaman, from Ashoka U commented: The University of Northampton’s commitment is so powerful it can be seen everywhere you look across the institution. For particular attention the panel highlighted the University’s strength in leadership, commitment to the student experience and curriculum and its efforts to measure impact on society as a result of this commitment. Social innovation and entrepreneurship is on every corner at Northampton, offering a unique example of a Changemaker Campus.

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The University’s Vice Chancellor, Nick Petford, talks about social enterprise in universities here: