The Future is Freelance!

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 25/05/2023


The Future is Freelance!

Inspiring and support freelancers/self-employed/portfolio workers

Hybrid: the morning session will be available online via Microsoft Teams, and the full day in-person at Dryden Enterprise Centre, Nottingham City.

Supported by Freelancer Club and sponsored by Xero Go

Thursday 25th May 2023, 10.00am-4.00pm


According to statistics from The Freelancer Club, 83% of 18 to 24-year-olds dream of self-employment, and yet four in five graduates agree that universities and other educational institutions are failing to provide adequate tools, courses, and advice to better equip students and graduates for freelance careers.

In this landscape, 20% of freelancers fail in the first year of business with ‘lack of business know-how’, and ‘lack of industry contacts’ stated as the top reasons.

Join us in-person at the Dryden Enterprise Centre, Nottingham Trent University, or online for some of the day, to hear from leading speakers about how Enterprise Educators can best support students into freelance careers so that they hit student outcomes.


Stuart Miller, Head of Industry Engagement, Xero
Alison Grade – Author of Freelance Bible,
Matt Dowling – Freelancer Club
Dr Matthew Rogers-Draycott, Global Banking School
Marcus Simmons, Cornwall Business School & Launchpad, Falmouth University
Megan Powell Vreeswijk, Head of Enterprise, NTU Enterprise
Diana Pasek-Atkinson, NTU Enterprise

Q&A panel

Lunch, followed by an afternoon session for in-person delegates only.

Café conversations and tours of DEC

Delegates are welcome to stay and flexi desk on their pass until 6pm


09:30 Registration open for in-person delegates
09:45 Teams Meeting open for online delegates

10:00 Welcome for all delegates
10:20 The future is freelance – thought pieces introduced and framed
10:30 – 11:15  Keynote speakers
11.15 -11.30 Q&A

11:55 to 12.45 Panel Discussion
12.45 to 13.00 Wrap up
13.00 to 13.15 Thoughts/Action points for online delegates

<End of online component of the day>

13:15 to 14.00 Networking lunch

Afternoon of discussion tables on specified themes

16.00 Close

Delegates will gain: 

  • Knowledge and understanding of how to support students into full time freelance so that they hit student outcomes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the freelance marketplace
  • Understanding Industries’ need for freelancing to which universities and other education providers need to respond
  • Outline of the pillars necessary for a sustainable freelance career
  • Knowledge of platforms that break down barriers, widen participation democratising of work
  • How to build confidence in and develop networks for freelancers
  • Hearing from providers and freelancers, opportunity to ask questions and get answers and insights into barriers and issues
  • Sharing knowledge with facilitation team and other delegates supporting freelancing (afternoon in-person delegates in café conversation in particular) 

Cost to attend

Non-Members in-person £100
Non-Members on-line £30


Alison Grade

Matt Dowling

Attendee details

Bookings are closed for this event.