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Burnel University joins IPSE to support future self-employed


Last month the IPSE partnered with three additional universities and now Brunel University has joined the self-employed body to provide support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed 

(IPSE) is now partnered with 11 universities across the UK to help students looking to move into self-employment – when they graduate, or even while they are still studying.

Brunel University already supports freelancers and entrepreneurs through its Innovation Hub, but it is partnering with IPSE to open the door for more students to freelance.

Through IPSE, Brunel will have access to freelancing guides and business materials for its students. Budding freelancers will also be able to attend IPSE workshops and events, receive a wide range of support materials and regular industry and policy updates, as well as having all the latest information about pursuing a self-employed career. 

Chris Bryce, IPSE’s CEO, said, “At IPSE, we’re committed to helping not just the self-employed community of today, but also the freelancers of tomorrow. That’s why going into partnership with Brunel is another important step in the right direction: it will give hundreds more budding freelancers the knowledge and support they need. It is also very exciting to renew our partnership with Middlesex University, who have already done so much for their self-employed students in the two years we have been working with them. We look forward to an even more productive year ahead.”

Emmy Botterman, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant at Brunel University, added, “The Innovation Hub at Brunel University London provides advice and support for entrepreneurial students who are interested in creating a start-up or starting out as a freelancer. With a growing number of students choosing to become self-employed, we’re excited to be partnering with IPSE to offer even more specialised and practical support for those choosing to establish and develop freelance careers.” 

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