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Entrepreneurship certificate recognised at business awards

Entrepreneurship certificate recognised at business awards

David Gibson from Queen’s University Management School with Brenda Buckley, the Director of Business Eye. Also pictured are easyJet cabin crew members Iain Bell and Michelle McCann

Queen’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship Studies, which has ensured that all students at the University develop ‘enterprise for life’ skills, has been recognised at the UTV Business Eye Awards.

David Gibson from Queen’s University Management School received the award in the Business Education category for the curriculum-based certificate which he introduced in 2003.

The aims of the certificate were to embed entrepreneurship skills into the curriculum of all non-business students throughout the University, and for students to develop 'enterprise for life' skills. His unique teaching model, called 'venture-based learning', allowed students to develop real-life business and social enterprises, and to reflect and learn from their success or failure.

Enterprise education is now embedded in 116 pathways across all academic disciplines, reaching 11,000 students across the University, and has led to over 1,100 students directly engaging in business activity.

This is the latest accolade for David who earlier this year received an OBE for services to higher education in Northern Ireland and was named the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year at the Times Higher Education awards in November 2011.

The UTV Business Eye awards, in association with easyJet, honour the high achievers of the Northern Ireland business community as well as the public sector.

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