Enterprise Placement Year

Try working for yourself 

Instead of an internship or placement with an employer, why not think about setting up your own business or working for yourself during your third year?

Enterprise Placement Year is an alternative placement where you can spend the year exploring, researching and starting in business or self-employment.

You don’t need an earth-shattering new idea – this isn’t Dragons’ Den – just enthusiasm and ambition!

** Applications for EPY 2020/21 are now closed **

Key facts

Enterprise Placement Year (EPY) runs from September until June. You will be based in our Enterprise Hub (BIC2/19) and will have the support of The Enterprise Team throughout the year. We'll work closely with you to help you develop your ideas and make a success of your business.

Enterprise Placement Year is a competitive scheme - there are only 20 places available across the whole University. 

What will the year involve?

Throughout EPY you will be expected to:

  • Devote proper time, energy and commitment to your business and EPY, acting in a business-like manner throughout and proactively seeking support from Business Advisors as and when required
  • Work for at least 21 hours per week in the Enterprise Hub (BIC2/19)
  • Attend all appropriate presentations and events including Welcome Week, weekly Enterprise Workshops, EPY Group Meetings and one-to-one meetings with Business Advisors
  • Participate in competitions and initiatives when directed by the Enterprise Team and engage fully with all other external opportunities as and when presented
  • Compile a monthly, and final end of year, reflection of your experiences and examples of work undertaken
  • At the end of EPY you'll need to produce a business plan with financial forecasts, produce a profit & loss account for the year’s work, and present a 5-minute ‘pitch’ for your business and a 5-minute talk about your EPY experience to a panel

How to apply

Applications for EPY 2020/21 are now closed. Please check back later for details about EPY 2021/22.

Want to know more? 

Get in touch or chat to your School's Placement Unit.