An enterprising senior lecturer from Queen's University Management School
has received national acclaim at the first ever enterprise educators awards.
, from Broughshane in Co.Antrim, has become one of the first people to win the `educator highly commended´ award from the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship
(NCGE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) at its recent annual award ceremony, which celebrates excellence within enterprise education.
prestigious commendation recognises him as "a trail-blazer" for entrepreneurial education.
achievements is developing an enterprise for life education model which is embedded across the entire curriculum at Queen's
It has also been adopted by universities in China, India, Canada, Sri Lanka and throughout the UK and was recognised as a best practice model by the EEC.
David said: "Being recognised as a 'highly commended enterprise educator' is very rewarding to me as enterprise has been the major focus of my career in higher education and I am very grateful to the NCGE and EEUK for their support.
What is more important is being able to help students to be more enterprising in these uncertain times."
Alison Price, Director of Educator Development for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, said: "David has been highly commended for his impressive work within entrepreneurship education.
"We are delighted to recognise David's
work both within Queen's
but also to support others working in this important agenda."
David is a Senior NICENT (Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship) Teaching Fellow based in Queen's University Management School.
The only recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship Award for enterprise education by the Higher Education Academy
in the UK, he
is the author of a leading book on enterprise competencies called The E Factor, which is now used in over 100 universities, including Cambridge, where it is a core text.
It is aimed at helping all those involved in the learning and teaching of student business or social enterprise.
David has recently been appointed a Visiting Professor at Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration in Latvia and has been asked to apply his enterprise model in the Baltic States.
will also represent Europe in a major enterprise conference in Calcutta, India.