Freelancing, self-employed and portfolio careers: Supporting students and graduates

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 04/03/2020

30 Burton Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4BU, East Midlands


Freelancing, self-employed and portfolio careers:

Supporting students and graduates

Wednesday March 4th 2020 10am – 4pm

Bowden Room, NTU Events and Conferencing, Nottingham Trent University, 30 Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU

*** Slides are available for download below ***

Delegates had the opportunity to:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of what support students and graduates need if they are to pursue freelance and portfolio careers
  • Hear insights into other university and college approaches including what has worked well and what has worked less well
  • Obtain a student / graduate perspective on what support they actually need
  • Develop action plans to address challenges and support new initiatives.
  • Leave with a case to increase their support around freelance and portfolio careers
  • Network with like-minded enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners.


There are currently 2 million freelance and portfolio workers in the UK, an increase of 46% since 2008 (IPSE report 2017, Exploring the rise of self-employment in the modern economy). In the light of this growing trend, this one-day EEUK Enterprise Exchange event has been designed to provide colleagues with a platform for honest debate as to the challenges they face in supporting students and graduates prepare for freelance and portfolio careers.

During an interactive day we looked at alternative ways of supporting freelancers, self-employed and those who may have portfolio careers, drawing out what works well and what works less well. In addition to looking at how to support students and graduates, we also considered how to support colleagues across our colleges and universities to support these students and graduates.

The event facilitated best practice sharing through a wide variety of sessions including workshops with instant takeaways, and a panel discussion. Students and graduates from SHU and NTU were actively involved to provide a perspective from those who have gone into freelancing or self-employment.

Speakers and panel members

  • Diana Pasek-Atkinson, Nottingham Trent University
  • Caroline Nouvellon, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Rebecca Willey, IPSE
  • Kamal Gohil, KG Design for Living and formerly of Plymouth College of Art
  • Students and graduates from Sheffield Hallam and Nottingham Trent Universities

Slides available for download

Megan Powell Vreeswijk – NTU

Diana Pasek Atkinson – NTU

Oyin Adebayo – Niyo Enterprise

Rebecca Willey – IPSE

Caroline Nouvellon – Sheffield Hallam University

Kamal Gohil – KG Design for Living

Attendee details

Bookings are closed for this event.