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LSBU School of Business recognised as Centre of Excellence by Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

London South Bank University's School of Business awarded the status of Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (IoEE)
06 November 2015

Centre of Excellence status is the IoEE’s flagship organisational accreditation for organisations that promote and deliver enterprise skills development. Such centres are recognised as key stakeholders in the organisations work to establish enterprise at the heart of learning culture in the UK.

The Centre of Excellence title awarded to LSBU is in recognition of the School’s entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice in areas of enterprise support throughout the careers of its students and graduates.

In awarding the status, the IoEE praised the School of Business for ensuring that “students get the very best help and support and access to funding where appropriate” and its “great commitment to engage with outside professional bodies and to encourage students to develop their enterprise learning and skills through extracurricular activities.”

The status means that LSBU students enrolled on School of Business courses are eligible for  IoEE Student Membership, which affords them exclusive access to the latest and best research and resources needed to expand their expertise and stay current; a network of communication and learning; and access to exclusive student programs such as competitions, scholarships, awards, continuing education courses and events.

LSBU’s former Dean of the School of Business, Professor Mike Molan said: “The Business School at London South Bank University is delighted to have been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs. The accreditation is recognition that the School is a learning organisation where and enterprise culture is positively encouraged and supported.  This is reflected in the focus of our taught programmes, the opportunities for our students to engage in live projects with local businesses, and the contribution that our staff make in working with commercial partners through the University’s Enterprise Centre.”

“I look forward to working closely with the IoEE in further development of our portfolio of courses to ensure that we are helping our students to develop a truly enterprise aware mind-set that enables them to deliver innovative solutions to improve any organisation’s performance, whether private sector, public sector or indeed their own businesses.”

In recognition of LSBU’s accreditation, a group of senior staff from the School of Business were invited to attend a ‘Celebrating Enterprise’ event on 4 November at the House of Lords. Celebrating Enterprise is an annual event run by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative to acknowledge enterprise learning and skills in the UK and beyond.

Anna Howard, Business School Lead for Student Enterprise, said: “LSBU is honoured to be invited to such a prestigious event. It was a fantastic evening that really showcased the commitment to enterprise development. We look forward to working with the IOEE as a new centre of excellence going forward”.

The School of Business has courses including accounting, finance, international business, international management, marketing and human resources management.