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Higher Education: Innovation

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department takes any measures to encourage social entrepreneurship at universities. (152255)

The Department is supporting social entrepreneurship by funding three initiatives. We provide financial support to the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship for its Flying Start programme which includes workshops aimed specifically at social entrepreneurs.

Departmental funding is provided through the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 10 of the Higher Education Academy’s subject centres to encourage and teach entrepreneurship as part of existing HE courses.

The Department also funds the Higher Education Funding Council for England to support two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (the Institute for Enterprise and the White Rose Centre) both of which support enterprise education communities.