The Leicestershire schools up for an Innovation Award

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Leicestershire has been a hub of innovation for decades upon decades. Constantly showing greatness through new ideas and original concepts, there is no doubt that the area is one of the most pioneering in the country.

Whether it’s a new service that aids others in their everyday life, or a product that will help our future, there are thousands of brilliant minds buzzing across Leicestershire.

Celebrating these remarkable people, the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards will be held at the National Space Centre in Leicester on Tuesday, September 14. The headline sponsors are organisations with innovation at the heart of their missions: De Montfort University, Morningside Pharmaceuticals and University of Leicester; and the associate sponsor is LLEP Business Gateway.

From organisation to healthy eating initiatives, schools constantly introduce new approaches to ensure that their pupils excel. The finalists of the Innovation in Schools and Colleges category have introduced new ways to enhance student learning, health and experience.

The finalists are:

Community Beekeeping Crowdfund at Mowmacre Hill Primary School

The Community Beekeeping Crowdfund at Mowmacre Hill Primary School brings people from all backgrounds together to safely learn new skills outdoors. Alongside supporting the school curriculum and improving wellbeing, the apiary creates a strong and sustainable intergenerational community that promotes positively impacting the environment.

Leicester half-term holiday School meals programme

Leicester City Council ensured children usually offered free school meals didn’t miss out over half-term by teaming up with Leicester City and Samworth Brothers to distribute almost 14,000 food boxes to 109 schools across Leicester. It provided free half-term activities and football players posted easy-to-follow recipes on social media to encourage youngsters to cook themselves.

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.

Woodbrook Vale School

Woodbrook Vale School has introduced an innovative and one of a kind Character Curriculum to improve its students’ futures. Students must evidence work and skills linked to key character traits such as resilience, leadership and innovation. The school created an accessible app to further support students, allowing meaningful feedback and engagement with students.

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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