The Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship was unveiled at Bristol Business School, the University of West England,  on Wednesday 21st March during a ceremony to mark the official opening of Business School building by HRH the Duke of York.

A partnership between the Foundation and the Business School, the Institute will be led by a Professor of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship and aims to change thinking about how people learn and train teachers to teach in a different way. It will transform the skills young people develop in UK schools, colleges and universities, changing their futures and creating a more successful economy.

During the development phase of the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurshipwe have instigated two projects which will enable the Foundation to maintain the momentum underway with evaluation and staff training within Aldridge schools whilst also laying the ground work for the team at the Institute.

The first project, taking place at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, concerns the evaluation of the impact of the Aldridge Attributes on academic progress. The second, at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy will develop the training and support requirements for Team Academy delivery in schools.

Alongside these projects the Institute will start to develop an ‘Introduction to Embedding Enterprise Skills in Teaching and Learning’ which will be used as an induction for all new Aldridge teachers in time. The Institute will also develop a‘High Flyers’ summer school programme this year for  Aldridge students showing a flair for becoming an entrepreneur.

Speaking at the opening of the Bristol Business School Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of Bristol Business School & Bristol Law School said: “I’m delighted to announce that we are establishing a new research institute in partnership with the Aldridge Foundation. Launching this summer, the Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship will shape the future of education policy, by changing thinking on how people teach and learn across schools, colleges and universities. By pioneering enterprise education the Aldridge Institute will transform the futures of young people, supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and creating a more successful economy.”

Sir Rod Aldridge said: “I established the Aldridge Foundation because I’m passionate about transforming the life-chances of young people. I believe this can be achieved through education equipping them to develop an enterprising mind-set alongside gaining their academic qualifications. Through the schools in the Aldridge Education multi-academy trust we have ten years’ experience of doing just that.”

“Aldridge and the Bristol Business School at UWE share very similar vison and values. We have a collective focus on employability and tackling the issues around social exclusion. On developing innovative, evidence-based approaches to embedding enterprising skills in teaching and learning. I believe this is a really exciting development for UK students, educators and UK PLC.”