Students

Self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship

Getting involved in enterprise is one way to develop some of the skills and attributes that graduate employers value.

More graduates than before are setting up their own business after university or during their studies. If you’re considering being one of them, this page has useful information and links to sources of advice and support both inside and outside the University.

Support within the University

Student Enterprise Bath – enterprise activities, information and advice based in the Bath Students’ Union. Enterprise Bath organise workshops and business competitions, and initiatives such as Bath Entrepreneurs, a student group for those interested in entrepreneurship, and ENACTUS, a student-led group that sets up business projects that make a difference in society. Enterprise Bath also provides access to a mentor network for those who successfully take part in their business competitions. If you are interested in setting up your own business, contact the Enterprise Manager in the Students’ Union, Siobain Hone (s.hone@bath.ac.uk).

Careers Advisers can help you think through the pros and cons of setting up your own business.

Check out the advice on our blog on setting up your own business and the various types of self-employment.

If you’re a research postgraduate or a member of research or academic staff and are interested in commercialising an aspect of your research, contact the Research Development and Knowledge Exchange team in the Research and Innovation Services. The Researcher Development Unit runs courses on enterprise and research commercialisation.

External links and resources

If you’re interested in entrepreneurial internships or working for start-ups, take a look at Enternships and Work in Startups.

Other useful links and resources, including links to local support, are available on the Self-employment and SMEs tab of our Employer research resources page.