Key moments at the Academy 2004 - 2015



Established by the social enterprise support organisations Senscot, UnLtd and CEiS, along with the Scottish Government.

The Academy's remit was to fill the gap in support for social entrepreneurs and the wider third sector around personal development, leadership and entrepreneurship. They recognised that these were vital to complement existing business support and training on offer to contribute to an increasingly enterprising and resilient Scotland.


Funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Social Fund to provide learning programmes in fragile and remote communities, and increase the participation of excluded groups in the workforce.

Partnered with the Scottish Government's Determined to Succeed to provide the Social Enterprise in Education programme.


In a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate in Education (HMIe) the Academy received four out of seven ratings as 'excellent', and three as 'very good. This is the best assessment by HMIe of any organisation in Scotland's Third Sector.

Partnered with other social enterprise organisations to deliver Just Enterprise, the support programme for the enterprising third sector.


Began to develop projects and programmes in other countries, leading to our social franchising strategy to ensure our long term sustainability and social impact.


Celebrated 10 years of learning across Scotland and the development of programmes in Australia, South Africa and Ireland.


Sector Representation on Social Enterprise Boards

Graham Bell OBE

Graham Bell OBE, former Chair of the Social Enterprise Academy board, reflects on his 12 years as a trustee and his hopes for the future of social enterprise boards in Scotland. Read the...

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Social Enterprise in Education Awards 2019

The Academy Schools Team

Forty schools received a Social Enterprise in Education Award from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills, John Swinney MSP to recognise the success and...

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