Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London, visited London South Bank University (LSBU) this week to find out how the University engages with students and the local community through business and outreach activities.
The Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise got a sneak peak of the new Enterprise Centre and was able to see how the previously vacant Grade II listed buildings are being transformed into a valuable resource for local businesses, opening in September.
To further showcase the enterprising culture fostered at the University, the Deputy Mayor was given a product demonstration from three of LSBU's Enterprise Associates, who have developed their lines with support from LSBU's Enterprise Associate Scheme (EAS), which provides incubator space and funding for 12 months.
Student success is at the core of LSBU's mission, and the product demonstration fittingly took place in the new Student Centre, LSBU's latest major investment to support the student experience. The Centre brings together the majority of student services, including welfare and employability advice, while also providing a space for socialising.
The visit culminated in the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), where members of the Centre introduced the Deputy Mayor to applied industry research projects, many of which support regeneration projects within London - and are set to further strengthen the engagement with the local boroughs through supporting regeneration projects.
Professor Martin Earwicker, Vice Chancellor of LSBU, said: "The University is working hard to become London's enterprising university and it was a an honour to receive the Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise.
"The visit was an excellent opportunity to truly demonstrate not only the business and outreach engagement that the University is involved in, but also the high calibre of our student entrepreneurs. We hope to be able to welcome the Deputy Mayor to the university again in the future."