Young Academic can exclusively reveal that a Kingston University professor has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. In some great UK student news, Professor Robert Blackburn is preparing for a trip to Buckingham Palace to receive the prize and will doubt be receiving much praise from his peers and students.

Professor Blackburn has been director of Kingston University’s Small Business Research Centre for fifteen years and has published more than 80 journal articles, reports, monographs and six books.

“I am delighted to receive this award. The field of enterprise is constantly changing and international in scope which brings with it new challenges and opportunities.  I really enjoy what I do and over the years have had the privilege of working with some very talented people.”

 

The Royal Award for Enterprise Promotion is for individuals that promote enterprise skills and encourage entrepreneurial attitudes. Professor Blackburn has clearly demonstrated this through his work and influenced his students in such a way that made him a successful candidate for the prize.

The awards are announced each year on the Queen’s birthday, which is of course the 21st April. Seven people have been selected for the 2011 award and Professor Blackburn is one of just two selected from the field of education.

“I am delighted to receive this award. The field of enterprise is constantly changing and international in scope which brings with it new challenges and opportunities.  I really enjoy what I do and over the years have had the privilege of working with some very talented people.”

The Centre has undertaken research for numerous organisations such as the Treasury, the European Commission, Barclays and HSBC and received funding from various research councils. Professor Blackburn is equally proud of his achievements in shaping the attitudes of would-be entrepreneurs. “My work ranges from exploratory research into young peoples’ attitudes to entrepreneurship through to examination of older peoples’ motivations for starting a business. Almost all the research I carry out has practical implications,” he continued.

Professor Blackburn will attend Buckingham Palace to receive a crystal chalice on 14th July. Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Julius Weinberg said of the achievement;“The Small Business Research Centre has been a leader in its field for more than two decades, this is well-deserved recognition  for Professor Blackburn’s work in support of British entrepreneurs. The Centre is rightly regarded as one of Kingston’s research gems and the University is proud to be the home of the Centre and Professor Blackburn.”

This great student news feature is surely a great testament to the work of a professor that has clearly devoted a great deal of time and passion to the education system. With the current government’s clear lack of respect for the education of today’s Young Academic, let’s hope that more Professor’s such as Robert Blackburn will remain as loyal and devoted to their students. Make sure you keep up to date with all of your student and education pieces by following the Young Academic social networking pages and RSS feed. @youngacademic.

 

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