The Educate North Awards are returning for a fifth year - and entries are now open.

The leading event for the University and Higher Education sector returns on Thursday 25th April 2019, at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester.

The awards celebrate excellence and the world-class success of the North’s University and Higher Education sector as well as rewarding success in Further and Sixth Form Education.

Newcastle was named University of The Year in 2018 at a glittering event which saw Wigan and Leigh College triumph along with Birkenhead Sixth Form. There were also wins for Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Leeds Beckett, Liverpool Hope, Bradford, Chester and The University of Hull.

Leadership, Innovation, Research Team of The Year were all celebrated along with awards for Apprenticeship Schemes, Student Experience and Partnerships with industry and commerce.

Sharmaine Mundozo (a student at The University of Central Lancashire – UCLAN) walked away with a £1000 cash prize and a Mentor after she pitched her business concept ‘Joy Pad’ to the audience in a three-way competition for students with bright ideas. She will be invited back in 2019 to show-off her business plan and progress. The University Entrepreneurs Grant was sponsored by CCL Digital.

Read the full press release on Prolific North here