Do you have an innovative business idea that could reduce carbon emissions? Then apply now to WIN A POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP* worth up to £20,000 in 2017.
Visit www.postcodeearthtrust.org.uk/scholarship to find out more – but be quick, applications close on Monday 27th March 2017, 5pm.
You can download the Guidelines, FAQs and Application Form from here.
For further details and to watch a video of last year’s winners, please visit: Postcode Earth Trust
Watch the VIDEO https://youtu.be/W4E2p72S8kU
* The competition is a unique funding opportunity offering students the chance to win a scholarship that will help to develop knowledge related to their idea (‘green-themed’ business concept) of up to £20,000 to cover their postgraduate degree tuition fees.
The quest to find the next generation of entrepreneurs from Scotland’s thriving academic entrepreneur community is underway once again. Converge Challenge is open to staff and students of all Scottish Universities, and has a prize fund of over £150,000.
The competition is open for applications from Tuesday 7 February 2017 and closes on Monday 10 April 2017 at 5pm. For more information, and to enter, please visit www.convergechallenge.com.
Converge Challenge focuses on practical hands-on training with participants taking part in an intensive entrepreneurial development programme that includes 1-2-1 bespoke advice and support, mentoring, pitching experience and networking opportunities.
Participants ultimately develop and submit a comprehensive business plan for their company, product and/or service. An expert panel of judges made up of leading entrepreneurs and investors from across the business community will assess the business plans and select the winners that will be announced at an awards ceremony at Glasgow Science Centre in September 2017.
Student Claire-Gillian Watt, from the OU in Scotland, was a top 30 Converge Challenge finalist in 2016, with her business idea Organic Assembly, an events app to engage young people aged 13 – 26 in artistic culture in Scotland, with plans to develop internationally.
The OU Careers Service is running a Careers Forum for Business Students from 20th February to 3rd March 2017 to support you in thinking about and planning your next careers steps. You can access the forum from the following link: https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/forumng/view.php?id=13735
It’s your chance to:
- ask us questions about career ideas, work experience and future options;
- ask our external contributors including the ICAEW about getting into accountancy and NHS Finance about finance in the public sector;
- share your own experience, tips and suggestions with other students; and
- if you are not sure about which career path to take at this stage or feel uncertain of the best way forward then join us on the forum so we can support you in getting started.
The Open University in Scotland and Scottish Water are hosting a twilight seminar, ‘Business Legitimacy – Staying on the “right” side of public opinion – and how to avoid controversy‘ on Wednesday 8th February, 4.30-7.30pm.
The event will be of particular interest to those in middle or senior leadership positions, in the public or private sectors, with an interest in influencing and maintaining internal and external, credible relationships.
- Susan Stewart, Director of The Open University in Scotland (Chair)
- Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer, Operations Management, The Open University
- Paul Campbell, Organisational Learning & Development Lead, Scottish Water
- Fiona Templeton, Customer Experience Manager, Scottish Water
Places are free of charge but limited so book here ASAP if you are interested!
Graduate programmes with PwC – 21st November 12.15-1pm
Join Andrew Bargery, Campus & Schools Engagement Leader from PwC, and OU Careers Adviser Lynne Johnson to explore graduate programmes on offer through PwC.
Find out a bit more about working at PwC and the variety of roles on offer from technology to legal and tax.
Students have voted PwC the number one Graduate Employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last thirteen years. Find out why in this interactive webinar which will address:
- How OU students can navigate the entry requirements
- Whether a graduate role is the right step for you
- The assessment and selection process
- What you could bring to the graduate programmes on offer
Join us live on 21st November 12.15pm-1pm on the Careers Workspace
If you are unable to attend, a recording of the session will be available on the above link after the event.
Emerge 2016 takes place on 12th-13th November at the Saïd Business School, Oxford. Each year, Emerge brings together students, young professionals, entrepreneurs, organisations and activists from across the globe to challenge the status quo and share ideas for a more socially and environmentally responsible world.
Only at Emerge can you explore new ideas, dig deep into issues alongside sector experts and build upon your skills through interactive workshops. The diversity of topics and attendees at Emerge means there is something for everyone – whether you’re looking for an introduction to impact areas, or want to gain deeper insights and connections within your sector. Go along and get inspired to create positive social change, find your tribe, and learn more about how you can make a difference in the world in which we live.
This is Dumfries & Galloway’s third annual Business Week and it continues to grow from strength to strength. The focus of Business Week is ‘Going for Growth’ recognising the national and regional aspirations to grow the economy. Business Week helps celebrate the fact that Dumfries and Galloway is a place where businesses can thrive and grow; it showcases the wide range of business support that is available to all companies operating locally. Last year’s events received positive feedback with over 800 attendees over the week. The aim of this year’s Business Week is to build further on that success.
From Monday 3 October to Saturday 8 October events are taking place right across Dumfries and Galloway, including business development workshops, digital marketing seminars, Women in Business events, networking sessions and additional events featuring inspirational speakers from the world of business sharing their knowledge and expertise.
“Leadership is about winning the respect of all your colleagues by the way you do your job, the way you work with others and the quality of your decision making”
Does this sound interesting?
Employers value leadership skills highly and this new CPD accredited micro learning course helps provide a unique insight into the key traits, qualities and actions of successful leaders.
The OU Careers and Employability Services have teamed up with industry specialists Work Ready Graduates who are offering a free short course to OU students. The content includes employer interviews, animation and quality learning content; delivering both theoretical and practical information in an engaging format.
Click here to sign up to the course. On completion you will receive a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited certificate.
The Scottish Institute for Enterprise has launched the ‘I’m an Innovator’ competition to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The competition is designed for any student in college or university or recent graduate of up to two years who has an early stage idea with potential to have social impact.
Entries can be submitted online from February 22nd until April 6th 2016. Up to 25 finalists will attend a special residential bootcamp in June where they will pitch to judges for the chance to win £1000.
Find out more and submit your ideas via the competition website.
How can the UK win the war against waste?
PwC is running a competition to challenge UK university students to come up with ideas in answer to this question; to find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials.
Participation will be based on a first come, first served basis and subject to meeting the eligibility criteria of being a student studying at a UK University.
There will be prizes for 60 students including those who submit the best ideas. Students with the top 10 ideas will be invited to pitch to a panel made of up PwC experts who will decide on the winner, who will receive an exclusive work shadowing opportunity and £1,000.
If you have ideas, visit the PwC website to find out more and register.