E-STAR Accreditation
E-STAR Evaluation Criteria

E-STAR Accreditation: Evaluation Criteria


E-STAR is an international accreditation that rewards Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for their commitment to using the Entrepreneurial mindset as the catalyst for higher quality in 4 activities:


Student education and career planning

Transfer of knowledge to business 

Academic innovation and development, and 

Regional impact (economic, social and cultural)


There are 3 Evaluation Criteria for each of the 4 activities, making 12 Evaluation Criteria in total.


Student education and career planning


An evaluation will be made of the information which would help students to find answers to the following questions:


S1 What are my options for gaining a qualification which has a focus on creativity, innovation or entrepreneurship?


S2 What are the opportunities for me to  take an active role in extra-curricula activities that support my creativity, innovation or entrepreneurship?


S3 How will you help me to manage my career options including preparation for employment or entrepreneurship?


Transfer of knowledge to business 


An evaluation will be made of the information which would help a person who aspires to start or grow a business to find answers to the following questions:


T1 What training and resources do you offer that would help me to start a new business or enterprise?


T2 What training and resources do you offer that would help me to improve my existing company or organisation?


T3 How can your research (activities, people and resources) help me or my organisation or my sector/industry? 


Academic innovation and development


An evaluation will be made of the information which would enable a Higher Education professional to find answers to following questions:


A1 What is my organisation’s strategic commitment to innovation in Higher Education?


A2 How is responsibility for innovation represented within the governance and leadership structures of my organisation?


A3 How does my organisation support equality and diversity?


Regional impact (economic, social and cultural)


An evaluation will be made of the information which would enable alumni and members of the public to find answers to following questions:


R1 How do you support me as a member of the alumni?


R2 How can I find out about on-campus activities or online events that are open to me as a member of the general public?


R3 How are staff and students engaged in the local community in ways that generate benefits for citizens?