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Tuesday 28 July 2015

Solent lecturer shortlisted for national award

Principal Lecturer and Founder of Southampton Solent University’s Re:So store – an innovative retail initiative that encourages and supports student entrepreneurship and work-based learning – has been shortlisted for a 2015 National Enterprise Education Award (NEEA).

Lisa Mann has been shortlisted in the higher education enterprise education category at the prestigious annual awards for her work with and development of Re:So – the first fully student-operated retail initiative in a UK shopping centre.

“It’s great to be recognised in this way,” says Lisa. “I am proud to be leading this unique initiative which provides hundreds of students and graduates with invaluable opportunities to explore the commercial side of their creativity, sell their original work, and develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills.”


Before joining Solent Lisa ran her own fashion label providing retail and wholesale young womenswear in the UK and Europe. It was this industry knowledge and business experience that made her realise how much the retail project would benefit students – giving them the opportunity to develop industry-led enterprise skills and an understanding of the management of a working retail environment.

The stunning store sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art produced by the University’s creative students and graduates.

Initiated as pilot in 2012, Lisa wanted to capitalise on its success and spearheaded the move to a bigger, permanent premises in Marlands where it was re-launched as a curriculum-based project in October 2014.

Under Lisa’s supervision, it is run by a team of final-year students and provides a variety of work-based learning opportunities for the hundreds of students on the University’s fashion courses.

As well as providing teaching space for the art, design and fashion courses, the upper floor ‘learning zone’ hosts guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

The winners of the NEEA awards will be announced at the IEEC2015 Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony at Hylands House, Chelmsford on Thursday 10 September.

Jointly run by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK), the annual awards recognise outstanding achievements in the enterprise and entrepreneurship education field.

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