University gets its own first
PLYMOUTH has become the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
The award is the only officially defined registration for social enterprise.
The university had to undergo independent assessment and will meet representatives from the Social Enterprise Mark Company in January to accept the mark formally.
Lucy Findlay, managing director of the Social Enterprise Mark, said: "We are delighted to announce that Plymouth University is the first university to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.
"This award demonstrates their social value to the wider world and community."
Through its annual Community Research Awards, which are now into their fifth year, the university has pledged almost £200,000 and the support of academics and researchers, to projects brought in by voluntary organisations and social enterprise across Devon and Cornwall.
Professor Wendy Purcell, the Vice-Chancellor, said: "Across the country we are seeing the enormous contribution social enterprise can make to both the competitiveness of the UK economy and to social cohesion."