University Partners


IPSE recognises that with so many career options available to young people, providing them with up to date information on all opportunities can be challenging. An increasing number of young people are starting up their own businesses and freelancing whilst studying, or shortly after. Yet there is less information available on pursuing this way of working compared to full-time employment. As experts in self-employment, freelancing, consulting and contracting, IPSE is here to help HE and FE institutions support young people who are considering this independent way of working. 


What does it mean to be an IPSE University Partner? 

IPSE University Partners demonstrate their commitment to supporting the next generation of self-employed professionals, and in particular students pursuing freelancing, consulting and contracting careers. Working together, IPSE University Partners have access to a broad range of events, support and resources as well as industry and policy updates to ensure your students have the most up to date information on pursuing a self-employed career.  The programme is designed to provide industry expert affiliation whilst building on and enhancing each university's enterprise and entrepreneurship offering without straining internal resources.

Access to IPSE’s newsletter to keep informed of industry and policy updates

Tailored freelancing and self-employment talks and workshops

 Right to carry IPSE logo on university / department website

Subscription to IPSE magazine as a relevant resource for students

Memberships included for your students’ professional recognition

 Invitations to attend IPSE events and webinars

Entry to IPSE University of the Year category as part of IPSE Freelancer Awards

 Opportunity to provide content for IPSE magazine and newsletter

Educators have access to freelancing guides and business resources



What do our University Partners say? 


Talks and workshops

We offer talks and workshops to colleges and universities to help support young people understand what starting their own business entails and develop their knowledge of becoming a self-employed professional.

Our talks include:

  • An introduction to freelancing – what is freelancing and what could I do?
  • The benefits and challenges of self-employment
  • How to get started – the practical processes of setting up and running your own business
  • Top tips on running your own business – basics of finances and marketing yourself

We typically work with students aged 16 through to university students and recent graduates.

If you would like IPSE to hold a talk or workshop on becoming self-employed, let us know and we will be delighted to provide our expert knowledge on freelancing to your students.


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