University of Manchester’s social enterprise message reaches Thailand

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On Tuesday 7th October, The University of Manchester and UMIP welcomed a delegation from Thailand to its Innovation Centre to hear about the University’s social enterprise and social responsibility agenda through a series of presentations and case studies.

The delegation was led by Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT) and composed university council chairmen, university presidents, vice-presidents and deans as well as representatives from the government.

Dr Gill Green, University of Manchester Social Enterprise Ambassador, welcomed the delegation and introduced them to her social enterprise, STORM, which provides skills-based self-harm mitigation and suicide postvention training packages.

Further presentations detailed the University’s social enterprise and social responsibility agenda with two University social enterprises presenting their businesses. UnLtd, the University’s partner in Higher Education / Social Enterprise development explained how they support social entrepreneurs as did business development support experts, NovoModo.

“This was a great opportunity to show the Thai delegates how the University is increasingly supporting social entrepreneurship at scale and how having access to UnLtd and the local support community means ventures can scale and grow off campus and add value to Manchester and beyond,” said Tony Walker of UMIP.

UnLtd hosted an afternoon workshop on the developing support ecosystems in Greater Manchester for social enterprises with a panel formed from New Economy, GMCVO, Trafford Housing, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Big Society Capital, and the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Nickala Torkington of UnLtd said: “UnLtd believe HEIs are natural centres of social entrepreneurship and innovation, bringing substantial benefits to our society and economy as well as their localities. Through the UnLtd/HEFCE SEE Change programme, they are able to carry out more direct work with beneficiaries. We hope the delegates found inspiration from this event and we can progress mutual learning internationally as Thai universities develop ecosystems of support for social entrepreneurs.”

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Ideas Factory – Max Lines, General Manager at Uber Manchester

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Meet the latest guest entrepreneur speaker at Manchester Enterprise Centre’s Ideas Factory

Ideas Factory is Manchester Enterprise Centre’s regular series of guest entrepreneur events for all undergraduate, postgraduate and research students across the University.

This time, you can meet Max Lines, General Manager of Uber Manchester, a smart-phone app which is aiming to revolutionise transportation globally. Already in over 200 cities, in 45 countries on 6 continents, Uber’s mission is to be in every major city in the world.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so please register in advance to secure admission.

Date and Time: Wednesday 22 October 2014, 12.00noon – 1.00pm

Venue: Alumni Club Room (within the Cafe Bar), Ground Floor, MBS West

Admission: Free

Venture Out student ideas competition launch

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Think you’ve got a great business idea? Enter Venture Out for a chance to win cash prizes and make it happen…

The Venture Out 2014 ideas competition, supported by PZ Cussons, is for all current undergraduate, postgraduate and research students across The University of Manchester.  We’re looking for your brilliant ideas – it could be something that solves a problem that you have identified, a modification to an existing product or service, or something that’s completely new. Join us at the launch event to find out more from competition director Martin Henery. Places are limited so please register in advance to secure admission.

Date and Time: Wednesday 8 October 2014, 12.00noon – 1.00pm

Venue: Room 10.02, Harold Hankins Building

Admission: Free


University of Manchester spin-out co-founder voted the Most Influential Thinker in HR

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University of Manchester spin-out co-founder Professor Sir Cary Cooper of Robertson Cooper Ltd has been voted the Most Influential Thinker in HR 2014, in a new poll of UK HR Directors for HR Magazine.

The award, nominated by all members of the HR community in UK business, recognises Cary’s contribution, working with businesses in the field of health and wellbeing, as Founder of wellbeing experts Robertson Cooper and as Professor of Organisational Health and Psychology at Lancaster University.

Voted at number 2 in 2013, Cary has risen to the top spot, holding off Peter Cheese, the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Professor Sir Cary was knighted this year for services to social sciences and has previously filled many roles including Lead Scientist on the Foresight Review of Mental Capital and Well-Being and Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum. He is currently the Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences and President of RELATE.

Professor Sir Cary comments: “It is a great honour to be considered by the leading HR Directors in the UK as an important HR thought leader, and an acceptance of the importance of health and wellbeing in British business.”

Clive Rowland, CEO of UMI3 Ltd, The University of Manchester’s innovation company, comments:” The University is active in intellectual property commercialisation and knowledge transfer work across the whole campus, not only in so-called ‘high-tech’ fields, and Robertson Cooper is a successful world-leading example of this. I am delighted that Sir Cary has been recognised in this way and it is well deserved recognition for both the very hard work and the highly positive commitment that he gives to his profession.”

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F2G Limited announces a major funding award from the Technology Strategy Board’s Biomedical Catalyst

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The prestigious £1.4 million award will expedite the development of F2G’s novel IV/oral systemic antifungal F901318. The Biomedical Catalyst project will focus on the oral Phase I clinical development of F901318 and supporting studies, and will allow the company to accelerate its clinical development activities.

F901318 is being developed by F2G as an IV and oral therapy to treat invasive aspergillosis and other life- threatening fungal infections and is a new class of antifungal acting against a new cellular target. The discovery and development of F901318 represents a major advance in the treatment of serious fungal disease as currently there are very limited treatment options and resistance is becoming a serious problem. F901318 is highly active against all known azole-resistant aspergilli.


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