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Want advice on getting into a career in business?

If so, join OU Careers Advisers and students in a 2-week forum run by the OU Careers Advisory Service, starting on Monday 2nd November and running until Friday 13th November 2015.

The forum will open on Monday 2nd November at 8am – so please come along from then and share any questions or thoughts you have about career options in this area.

Find the forum on our Careers forums and webinars workspace.

What would you do with £1,000?

If you’re a postgraduate and think you might have a good business idea, tell Enterprise Campus, and that hypothetical question might become a reality!

Come to Entrepreneurial Aspirations on 15th Oct, tell them about your idea and you could walk away with funding.  No competitions, no pitching – just let them know your idea and why it’s important to you, and you could get a little boost to help get your business started.

Don’t miss the chance to walk away with up to £1,000 for your business, register today!

When:    Thursday 15th October 2015

Where:  United Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

Time:     4-6pm Workshops and Idea submission 6-8.30pm Networking and results


Are you a green start-up or eco-entrepreneur with a brilliant idea in the green and circular economy sector?

If so, why not apply for the Green Alley Award 2015 and become one of Europe’s leading sustainable start-ups!  All you need to do is prepare a pitch desk introducing your business.

You and your green business idea could win funding, rent-free office space and amazing networking opportunities!

Deadline: Tuesday 15th September 2015

Apply Now at: Green Alley Award 2015

or contact:  Phone: +49 (0)30 / 200062 – 0



InnovationNation is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre’s (EICC) series of free public lectures which has been designed to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland. With a line-up of inspirational keynote speakers, each lecture will focus on one of Scotland’s key industries.

The first lecture, InnovationTechnology, takes place tonight, June 22nd, 18:00-20.00 at the EICC. Click here for further information and to register.

Future lectures:

InnovationArts - Tuesday 4th August, 18:00-20:00

InnovationSpace – Monday 5th October, 18:00-20:00

InnovationLight – Thursday 26th November, 18:00-20:00



Join The Careers Advisory Service for this evening OULive webinar with PwC and The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) on Wednesday 22nd July, 6.30-7.30pm.

PwC is a multinational professional services network company and one of the Big Four auditors in the UK, offering jobs and work placements worldwide in assurance, tax and business consultancy. They have recently removed the requirement for UCAS points for many of their graduate opportunities in the interest of fairer assessment and are keen to discuss this.

Come along and find out about:

  • PwC
  • Work opportunities
  • Chartered Accountancy training
  • How to successfully navigate the recruitment process

By the end, you will know more about roles in the accounting and consulting industry and feel more confident about how to approach employers to highlight your strengths for success.

Visit our webinars page to join. Please log in by 6.15pm on 22nd July so that we can make a prompt start – we look forward to seeing you there!  If you are unsure if your equipment is compatible, please check our Computing Guide.

If you are unable to join us live on the evening the session will be recorded and should be available to view from the following day. 


Converge Challenge is a competition aimed at creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland.

This high profile development programme is for staff, students and recent graduates, along with non-trading or new trading companies of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. The scheme works with any industry sector, product or service-based ideas at any stage of development. The top prize this year is over £60,000. The programme will also provide aspiring entrepreneurs with excellent networking opportunities to connect and interact with like-minded people and build business contacts.

For more details please visit the website.

Digital Skills Festival

Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th February 2015

Location: Manchester City Centre (various)

The skills festival is a 4-day event that will highlight, address and discuss the issues facing the sector, as well as tackling them on a practical level by offering tours of local digital businesses, plus a recruitment fair.

The Talent day in particular which takes place on Wednesday 11th February is strongly recommended to students.

For more details, and to book on any of the events, please visit the Manchester Digital’s website. 



Grow Movement is a charity which unlocks the potential of entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi by matching them with volunteer business consultants in the UK and worldwide. Together they work for 6 months over Skype, mobile and email, identifying ways to improve the business, increase profitability and create new jobs in their communities.

The charity is interested in finding more business professionals and academics who can volunteer their skills in marketing, finance, strategy and business development through 12 free consultancy sessions.

Since the charity was established, over 500 entrepreneurs have started on the programme; increasing their finance, marketing and strategy skills and creating 600 new full or part time jobs in their local communities.

To find out more about the charity and how to be involved, visit the Grow Movement website. You can follow the charity on twitter using the hashtag #GrowMovement

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize is now open! If you’re a recent graduate with an idea to reduce London’s energy use and carbon emissions we want to hear from you. We’re looking for your ideas to make your London a smarter, cleaner, better place to live and work.

Entry is free and you can submit as many ideas as you can come up with. Apply on your own or in a group, just make sure that you send us your ideas before 16 February 2015.

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is holding a Business Perspectives Masterclass event on Thursday 12th February from 10:30 – 17:00 (followed by a drinks reception) at the Charing Cross Hotel, London.

The event will explore why age matters in the workplace and how successfully managing age diversity can lead to competitive advantage. Throughout the day there will be a mix of speaker presentations, working sessions and interactive Q&A to share your experiences, opinions and put questions directly to the panelists. The panelists will include a number of senior figures working at the forefront of age diversity in the workplace from organisations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, BMW and the NHS as well as speakers from the OUBS. There will be a mix of practitioners and it is a great way to meet and network with like-minded people.

Anyone who has studied with the OU may attend this event, although it is also open to guests. A certificate of attendance will be provided on request to highlight ongoing Continuing Professional Development.

Further information and a link to the booking form can be found here.