Press Releases 2014-2015

University Professor Wins Top UK Enterprise Award at House of Lords


Andy Penaluna, a professor of Creative Entrepreneurship at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has been recognised for his UK-wide contribution to business and enterprise skills by scooping the Enterprise Educators Award during a prestigious event at the House of Lords yesterday (23rd October).

Professor Andy PenalunaThe annual awards, hosted by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) and the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) bring together key figures from the UK’s small business, enterprise and skills sector to celebrate the very best in enterprise learning and skills.

Professor Penaluna has made enterprise a valuable and significant part of the curriculum with UWTSD being the first in the UK to offer a fully validated PGCE/PCET teacher training module in entrepreneurship education.

Professor Penaluna’s dedication to furthering enterprise in education means he is now working closely with Welsh and UK Governments and advising the European Commission and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development on enterprise education policy. He has also recently co-authored a report calling for better entrepreneurial skills at all levels of education from primary school through to retirement.

Ruth Lowbridge, Executive Chair of SFEDI and the IOEE said: "We are delighted to present Andy with this award. It is crucial that enterprise education reaches people across all disciplines and at all stages in their learning if we are going to support our future workforce of enterprising people and business owners. Andy has had considerable success in ensuring enterprise education is embedded into his university's curriculum and influencing and supporting enterprise education across the UK."

Andy Penaluna, who accepted the award at the event, said: “Most of the enterprise educator awards are presented by the education and academic communities but what makes this one special is that it has come from business. This means a lot to me as it demonstrates that what we are trying to achieve is approved, and supported, by the business world.”

Other winners at the event included John Timpson CBE, CEO of the Timpson Group and Jason Holt, CEO of the Holts Group and the Government appointed Small Business Ambassador for Apprenticeships.

UWTSD has taken a global lead on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship education. It has challenged many theories of business education and informed the international entrepreneurial community on approaches for engaging and enhancing creativity in an enterprise context. The University has spearheaded international efforts to find new ways of supporting students and to equip them for the 21st Century working environment, where flexibility and adaptability will be key skills.

As a result of its work in this field, UWTSD has become one of the best higher education institutions in the country for producing successful graduate start-up businesses.

Earlier this year the University contributed to a major UK Government report, on behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Micro Businesses, which recognised the key role entrepreneurs play in the drive for growth, and which looked at the effectiveness of our education system in supporting our entrepreneurs.

The United Nations’ Chief of Entrepreneurship, Fiorina Mugione, recently chose UWTSD to support the UN’s Empretec programme, which inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The University’s track record involves significant contributions to major reports relating to enterprise and entrepreneurship education across the UK. This included The Wilson Review of Business-University Collaboration and the Quality Assurance Agency's (QAA) Guidelines for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education, which UWTSD chaired.

UWTSD also developed the first University-accredited enterprise and entrepreneurship-focused teacher training provision for school teachers, in collaboration with Welsh Government and other educational partners in 2011. The new approaches they devised, and in particular the learning outcomes and goals, were subsequently adopted by the European Commission’s Acknowledging and Developing Entrepreneurial Teacher Training (ADEPTT) project.

Professor Penaluna is Director of the globally approved International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED) at UWTSD.
IICED, based at UWTSD in Swansea, is an international focal point which brings together a distinguished group of international experts in entrepreneurial education to engage in high-level discussions and to consider global perspectives that can impact, or have impacted, on policy-making. The Institute’s aim is to inform international best practice in enterprise, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial teaching, learning and evaluation.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788