A University Enterprise Network (UEN) is a tripartite partnership between industry, the public sector and universities to make a substantial contribution to the long-term competitiveness of the UK economy and social cohesion. Genuine collaboration between industry and universities is essential to a knowledge-based economy.
The Social Enterprise University Enterprise Network (SE-UEN) is dedicated to extend and demonstrate the value of social enterprise for social and economic benefit, drawing on local, national and international expertise and knowledge. Working with our partners, we have created a network for innovation, and sharing best practice and research in social enterprise.
Launched in February 2012, and based within the Research and Innovation Directorate of Plymouth University, the SE-UEN offers a range of bespoke services to clients, and has a reputation built on excellence in objective and independent research and analytical methods that are of real value to our users.
- Policy and research for policy makers
- To undertake research in social enterprise best practice for national and local policy development
- Support and training for HEI students and staff
- To ensure that HEI students and staff understand the wider benefits of social enterprise business models, and have the capacity and skills to build their own
- Creating and sustaining for social enterprises
- To help social enterprises become more competitive and sustainable
Why social enterprise matters
Social enterprise appeals to a wide range of people interested in more than profit and can add real social value to economic success. The SE-UEN champions social enterprises, and provides resources for innovation and growth in the sector, as well as the opportunity for university staff and students to realise their own social enterprise solutions.