University of Bath

Choose a career: self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship

Find out about sources of information and support if you are interested in setting up your own business during your studies or after university.

Support within the university

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.

  • Student Enterprise Bath – enterprise activities, information and advice based in the SU Bath. Student Enterprise includes 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 organise workshops, business competitions, and initiatives. They 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 (
  • 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 doctoral student or a member of research or academic staff and are interested in commercialising an aspect of your research, contact the Industrial Partnerships team in Research and Innovation Services.

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 in our catalogue.

Other pages on choosing a career