Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

The Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship is the first of its kind in the UK. It is a partnership between Bristol Business School and the Aldridge Foundation, an educational charity set up by Sir Rod Aldridge, the entrepreneur and founder of Capita, to help young people transform their communities through entrepreneurship and enterprise.

The Institute will benefit students, graduates, staff and wider society by placing enterprise at the forefront of a new educational approach both at the University and in schools and other universities across the country.

Academics based in the Institute will work with staff and students at Aldridge’s schools in the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust to develop innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of enterprise skills. It will act as a national think tank lobbying government on how enterprise education can transform students’ futures, boost the economy and produce world-class research to demonstrate the positive impact of enterprise education on young people.

It will also enable enterprise to be embedded in the curriculum of all UWE Bristol programmes by 2021, with students encouraged to both develop their enterprising skills and to launch their own business ventures on campus.


Professor Gurpreet Jagpal"To solve the biggest challenges the world is facing, we need to think about educating our young people differently and breaking away from traditional teaching models. Enterprise education isn’t simply about creating the entrepreneurs of the future; it is focused on developing an enterprising mindset, which gives students exposure to problem solving, risk taking and lateral thinking. This approach can equip the next generation of students with an enterprising mindset for life, for careers that don’t yet exist.

"The Institute is truly ambitious in its goals and has the potential to have an enormous impact on the University and its students, the wider education sector, communities and industry."

Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Director of the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


Donna Whitehead“I’m delighted to be launching a new research institute in partnership with the Aldridge Foundation. It will not only shape the future of education policy, by changing thinking on how people teach and learn, but will bring huge benefits to our students and graduates. More student entrepreneurs will be supported to launch their own business enterprises - we expect to see these springing up across our campuses in the coming years as the institute develops. Those showing promise will be supported beyond graduation through our incubator programmes for start-ups.

“We’re setting our sights high and believe the Institute will become the voice of enterprise and entrepreneurship in the UK, influencing national policy and leading the way in its approach.”

Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School


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