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LSBU: new partnership with IPSE launched

London South Bank University (LSBU) has become a University Partner of IPSE: The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed.

This partnership will extend the support on offer to students seeking to become freelancers and has a particular focus on students within the School of Arts and Creative Industries (ACI). Working with IPSE means LSBU students can access specialist support and advice around freelancing and self-employment through workshops, online materials and engagement with the wider IPSE network. Linsey Cole, Head of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, said: “With more and more people choosing to become self-employed, it’s important we give our students support so that they’re ready to embrace the associated benefits and challenges.” Read more here.


University of Bristol: enterprise leader named in UK’s top 100

Director of Bristol’s iconic Engine Shed, Nick Sturge, has been announced in the Sunday Times prestigious Maserati 100 index; a list of game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world. The index is made up of Britain's most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of business talent. Nick has committed years to the collaboration platform Engine Shed and running the award-winning SETsquared business incubation centre. Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, while the Bristol SETsquared Centre was set up by the University and is based at Engine Shed. Read the full story here.


Newcastle University: Industry recognition for employability and enterprise

Newcastle University has won the award for ‘Best university employability strategy’ at this year’s TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards. Newcastle University was recognised for the support it offers to students, helping them to achieve their potential when searching and applying for graduate roles and transitioning to employment. The University was also praised for providing guidance, training, resources and opportunities to help students and graduates grow their ideas into businesses ventures. The judges highlighted the Careers Service policy that enables any undergraduate student, on any course, to undertake a formal 9-12 month placement year. Click here to read the full story.


UWE: Launch of Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship

The University of the West of England (UWE) has launched the Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship – 12 months FREE incubation space and support for start-up businesses based in the heart of the University of the West of England Enterprise Zone, Bristol – commencing 19th June 2017. Applications are live for all enterprising students who are graduating this summer or who have graduated from ANY UK University in the last 3 years. They will be able to grow their businesses alongside Research Academics, the Bristol Robotics Lab, Health Tech Hub and the Future Space workspace for entrepreneurs and tech innovators. More information is available here and the deadline for applications is 24th April 2017.


University of Manchester: Enterprise Futures 2017

Enterprise Futures, a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Salford and MMU, will be held for the sixth time on Monday 22nd May - this year at Media City UK in Salford Quays and will again focus on postgraduate entrepreneurship. As well as inspirational speakers, the event also focuses on building skills and there are individual drop-in sessions for IP advice and for sources of funding. There is also a popular pitching competition, with prizes of incubator space, vouchers and mentoring - winners from previous years have gone on to be very successful. More details can be found here.

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