University of Leicester eBulletin

Students Learn Business Skills at University of Leicester

March 2003
No 98


Students keen to start a business have flocked to a new course being offered at the University of Leicester.

Over one hundred students of the Colleges - University of Leicester Network applied to attend the Starting a Business programme, organised through the Science Enterprise Challenge (SEC) by the University’s Institute of Lifelong Learning. 

The programme was the latest in a number of enterprise learning opportunities to be organised through the project. Applicants included undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University, certificate students from Vaughan College and FE 16+ students, from Gateway College, Brooksby Melton College and South Leicestershire College.

The programme consisted of four weekly early evening workshops designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence required to set up and run a business. There were lectures by academics and presentations by representatives from business, including The Royal Bank of Scotland and Business Link Leicester.  Each workshop was followed by a buffet supper and an opportunity for students to network with their peers and talk to the tutors and presenters.

Anne Newman, Enterprise Manager at the University's Institute of Lifelong Learning, said:  “Students particularly enjoyed talks given by two East Midlands graduates who have recently set up their own businesses, Joe Stephens of Ellula Sounds and Joanna Marshall of Yoyo Designs. This really helped students to understand the realities of setting up a businesses and the sort of help and support available to young entrepreneurs in the UK.”

Joe (pictured right) is now Creative Director of the company he set up in Loughborough two years ago.  

 Joanna’s innovative textile design company is about three years old and makes high quality silk ties with unique designs.

[Photo: Joe Stephens from Ellula Sounds]

Students who came to all the workshops will receive a certificate of attendance from the University which they can add to their records of achievement.


For more information about SEC and enterprise learning opportunities contact Anne Newman, Enterprise Manager, Institute of Lifelong Learning, telephone 0116 252 5925, email view

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