IPSE launches University Partnerships to support the next generation of self-employed

IPSE is proud to introduce Nottingham Trent University School of Art and Design and Middlesex University as our first University Partners. IPSE will be working closely with University Partners to deliver workshops, provide expert resources and enhance existing enterprise initiatives. University Partners will be pivotal to IPSE’s policy development and research in to education for the self-employed.

The number of young people becoming self-employed is rising fast, but shockingly, only 2% of independent professionals found out about this way working while at university. IPSE’s University Partnerships aim to change that.

IPSE is excited to be working with dedicated universities who share the same passion and values –recognising the importance of supporting the next generation of self-employed professionals.

Linda Marchant, Employability Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University School of Arts, said: "Within the creative industries, a portfolio career with multiple freelance jobs is a common one, and we want to provide support, advice and guidance to our students. We run a series of events to support all types of working, including freelancing and entrepreneurship, within Art and Design and the Creative Industries, under the umbrella title of ‘Fusion’. The University also has The Hive, a purpose built centre for enterprise and entrepreneurship. They run a number of programmes to encourage and support business start up.

"All of these activities are underpinned by the incredible work of our courses, who support students in all aspects of their future careers with their specialist subject knowledge and expertise and their valuable networks. We joined IPSE University Partnership to further support our students."

Simon Best, Programme Leader Msc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship and Project Leader EDH@MDX, Middlesex University, commented: "Through EDH@MDX, Middlesex University has developed a strong emphasis on developing support for students engaging in self-employment outside of the academic field. Within the academic field there is growing engagement with students who wish to be self-employed through the development of academic programmes that support this intention. IPSE, as the leading organisation that supports self-employment is an ideal organisation to link with to develop our students’ capabilities. Furthermore, IPSE’s activities around research and policy development run parallel to Middlesex University’s longer term intentions to develop this area within the university. We feel we could contribute to IPSE’s work in these areas.

We will be announcing more University Partners over the next couple of months, so keep an eye out for new IPSE University Partners that are supporting their students to become self-employed.

If you are a Higher Education institution and are interested in joining IPSE as a University Partner, please get in touch with our Education and Training team: Lydia.wakefield@ipse.co.uk

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