IPSE expands its reach to Universities to support the next generation of self-employed professionals

As the most recent ONS labour market statistics highlight, self-employment is continuing to grow, which is why IPSE is helping to support and prepare the next generation of independent professionals through its collaboration with universities.

Building on IPSE’s recently launched University Partnership programme, we are pleased to welcome the University of Sussex, Department of Business and Management as our first partner in the South East.

Recent research has demonstrated that the South East has the highest proportion of self-employed professionals in the UK, so we are delighted to have the University of Sussex on board to promote support for the self-employed in this region. University of Sussex, Department of Business and Management have been involved with research with IPSE for a number of years and we are pleased that our relationship with the university continues to grow.

Dr Monica Masucci, Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship (Business and Management) at University of Sussex, Department of Business and Management, said: "A growing number of students at Sussex University show interest in starting up their own businesses and in working as freelancers. Many of them are attracted to the opportunities arising in Brighton’s Creative, Digital and IT cluster in which the University is embedded. We believe that our partnership with IPSE can enhance our support to those students wishing to pursue this career, increasing their awareness of the benefits and challenges of freelancing".



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