Sylvia Grainger is the university’s student enterprise co-ordinator who said social enterprise was a crucial part of its ethos.
She said: “It aligns with our sense of value, market, portfolio and place which is why we are so keen to support its principles.
“Once again we are delighted to be involved in the in-Cumbria Business Award for Best Social Enterprise.
“It is an important award which recognises that social enterprises are a vital element in Cumbria’s economy.
The university’s Aspiring Leaders’ Programme is for students interested in volunteering or working in the voluntary and community sector in Cumbria.
Sylvia said: “We support students in the development of skills to enable them to go out into the world of social enterprise.
“I have worked with some fantastic students who have worked hard to fund raise for social enterprises while raising awareness of issues such as homelessness and domestic abuse.”
She added: “We look forward to receiving lots of interesting applications through the in-Cumbria awards and look forward to discovering who will be the successful social enterprise award winner.”
Last year’s Best Social Enterprise winner was Inspira, which has for the last 11 years helped thousands of young people and adults. Runners-up were Brampton and Beyond Community Trust and Cumbria Health on Call.