Portsmouth Business School
Enterprise and Employability
Enterprise and Employability
Within the Faculty of Business and Law, we recognise the importance of connecting students and staff with businesses. Through our collaboration with a multitude of different organisations we ensure our teaching is contemporary and our research activity is relevant and enabling students to develop knowledge and skills that equip them to make a positive difference as employees, future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Students participate in career enhancing activities in the form of live-client projects, volunteering roles, work experience (both in the UK and overseas), networking with experts and alumni (recent graduates) and employability workshops. Our courses are practical and career-focused and provide the opportunity to gain professional accreditation.
Additionally we have a portfolio of activities available for all students to build and develop their enterprise and entrepreneurial abilities.
Placements, Internships and Self-Employed Placements
Alongside the central careers and recruitment service, the Business School has its own dedicated Placements Office providing a comprehensive service to both students and employers, co-ordinating the advertising and recruitment for placement and internship positions. Entrepreneurial students have the opportunity of conducting their own self-employed placement year supported by the University's enterprise team, NEST.
We offer a range of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship courses facilitated by academics with experience of the small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME) sector, developed by thought leaders in innovation.
Enterprise and Employability IMPACT week
Each year we run an Enterprise and Employability week devoted to developing skills, confidence and awareness of career opportunities for business and law students. The schedule is packed with workshops, networking, and guest speakers so students learn from alumni, entrepreneurs, employers and professional institutions in order to hone their employability skills.
Global Entrepreneurship Bursaries
We offer generous bursaries for students to study internationally on summer programmes that develop their enterprise skills and start-ups e.g. European Innovation Academy and Balloon Kenya. Returning students act as Enterprise Ambassadors spreading the spirit of entrepreneurship across the faculty.
Students' project helps local business flourish
A local company based in Waterlooville is changing the way it runs its business, thanks to a student project. Read more.
Students run a vibrant Enterprise Society for budding entrepreneurs supported by the Faculty and our Entrepreneur in Residence, Professor Allan Barrell. The society run an array of fascinating and well received 'Enterprise Tuesdays' events in November and February with entrepreneurial guest speakers and alumni, field trips, workshops and networking with pizza for all students.
Business Consultancy Projects
Over 700 of our students annually engage with more than 100 local businesses and charities, in the course of their studies, offering advice and solutions to their business concerns. Small teams supported by academic mentors engage in, for example, accounting audits, develop marketing strategies, conduct operation system reviews, HR systems reviews and report back on and present their results to their clients.
The School of Law runs highly regarded Law Clinics where students volunteer to provide legal advice under the guidance of practicing solicitors. The Law Clinics are based in the community and delivered by students advising on issues such as consumer contracts, tenant and landlord disputes, debt and employment law.