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Surrounded by the inspiration of the National Space Centre in Leicester, the grand final of the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards will be a remarkable night of celebration and commendation for some of our region’s greatest minds.

The exciting live event will take place on Tuesday, September 14, shining a spotlight on the pioneers of 2021 who are right here on our doorstep. The headline sponsors are De Montfort University, Morningside Pharmaceuticals and University of Leicester; and the associate sponsor is LLEP Business Gateway.

One of the categories this year is for Innovation in Education and Training, celebrating organisations and businesses ensuring the next generation will continue Leicestershire’s renowned trait for innovating.

Technology is now part and parcel of modern schooling and training. Across the county, educationalists and companies have come up with exciting and new ways to help prepare our young people for work. With the rapid pace of technological development and its effect on the future world of employment, coupled with the skills gap in so many sectors, this is seen as an incredibly important award.

The finalists for Innovation in Education and Training are:

De Montfort University e-Parasitology Project

De Montfort University’s e-Parasitology project is a complete virtual package that helps universities to provide multidisciplinary and translational parasitology training. The free-to-use resource incorporates four modules: theoretical, a virtual laboratory, a virtual microscope complete with real specimens and a collection of virtual clinical case studies. It allow students to acquire crucial knowledge, irrespective of their programme, where they are on the planet, or the socioeconomic status of their university.

Spongy Elephant by New Ways to Learn Ltd

Spongy Elephant is an online training destination for the education sector, supporting teachers and support staff, pupils and families in all phases of learning. It combines peer-led bite size video training with online coaching and mentoring at a reduced cost, thanks to its digital-first, supported self service approach. Users can hop in and out of their well-organised training at their own pace, making it a manageable way of learning.

De Montfort University

De Montfort University is a resource for the business community, bringing academics, graduates and industry together to support innovation, growth and skills development, focusing on improving digital competence. Its flagship Impacting Business By Design provides funded design support for SMEs to bring new products to market. It has the eighth highest number of start-ups of any UK university.

University of Leicester

University of Leicester delivers inspirational teaching and world-changing research and innovation. It supports innovators and businesses through a range of industry collaborations including the £5.1m Leicester Innovation Hub, making it easy to hire talented graduates and utilise the university’s expertise and facilities. Space Park Leicester is the university’s flagship project to grow the Leicestershire space innovation cluster.

Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Morningside Pharmaceuticals is an award-winning innovator, manufacturer and supplier of high-quality generic medicines and healthcare products to the UK and internationally. It is proud to deliver twice daily to the NHS and be one of the UK’s leading medical suppliers to aid organisations, having exported to more than 120 countries since its inception in 1991.

The People Deal – Fairness First

The People Deal is a start-up change consultancy and training provider with expertise in organisational fairness. According to research, workplace unfairness is a fundamental source of employee dissatisfaction leading to frustration, conflict, sickness and more.

With expertise garnered from 100 high-quality academic studies from the 1980s to today, The People Deal looks at ways to make people feel and act better, doing lasting good for each other and their workplace, with fairness at the core.

The 13 categories at this year’s LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards are:

Innovation in Technology Sponsored by De Montfort University

Innovation in Services Sponsored by Furnley House

Digital Innovation of the Year Sponsored by De Montfort University

Innovation in Design

Innovation in Construction

Innovation in Manufacturing and Engineering

Innovation in Education and Training

Medical and Health Innovator of the Year Sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Innovation in Schools

Innovation in Space Sponsored by University of Leicester

University Student Innovation

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by University of Leicester

Innovator of the Year Sponsored by University of Leicester

The LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Visit www.leicestershireliveinnovationawards.co.uk for more information. #LeicsLiveInnovation21

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