The Aldridge Institute for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship was unveiled at Bristol Business School this week (Wednesday 21st March) during a ceremony to mark the official opening of Business School building at the University of West England.
The University’s flagship £55 million business building was opened by HRH The Duke of York. His Royal Highness, accompanied by Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor and CEO of UWE, received a guided tour of facilities at Bristol Business School, located at the University’s Frenchay campus, before unveiling a commemorative plaque marking the formal opening. On his tour of the business school, The Duke met students in the Team Entrepreneurship Hub, the home of a degree course dedicated to giving students the practical experience to launch and run their own ventures.
Speaking at the event 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.”
Joining the official guests Sir Rod Aldridge spent about an hour with UWE Team Entrepreneurship students, talking to about 50 of them about his entrepreneurial career, and spent time with a smaller group of students who are interested in taking Team Entrepreneurship into schools beyond the pilot already being undertaken in Aldridge Academies.
Speaking to the Team Entrepreneurship students Prince Andrew asked them if school had prepared them for being enterprising and taking their degree? The answer was a resounding no, apart from 1st year undergraduate and former Aldridge student TJ Kibble. TJ told the Prince that his experience at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy enabled him to practice team working and engage in enterprising activities, and as a result, he felt well-prepared for his degree programme.