This article will explain the process of applying for a Self-Employment Placement and how the nest Team can support you in this. nest is the University of Portsmouth’s Student Enterprise Team.

If you are interested in starting your own business or freelancing the University of Portsmouth offers an option to undertake a Self-Employment Placement (SEP).

A Self-Employment Placement (SEP) may be undertaken by certain students currently studying at the University of Portsmouth. This will normally take place following the second year of studies and, where appropriate, replaces the traditional placement year in industry.

The aim of the SEP is to encourage the development of enterprise skills whilst starting-up and running a business, or social enterprise, or being self-employed during the placement year.

The self-employment placement assesses the development of certain skills which have been identified by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE). Evidence to demonstrate these skills will be collated on an on-going basis throughout the year and will be reviewed at the regular monitoring and development meetings.

How to apply for a Self-Employment Placement

If you are interested in finding out more about the Self-Employment Placement option and to see whether you are eligible to apply:

  • Come into an Enterprise Clinic and discuss your idea with the nest Team (Enterprise Clinics run every Wednesday 2pm-4pm and every Friday 9.30am-11.30am in Purple Door)
  • Contact your placement faculties to register your initial interest in undertaking a self-employment placement

More information can also be found on My Purple Door

Please note: There are limitations on setting up a business if you are an international (non-EU) student. For more information please attend an Enterprise Clinic or contact the team.

How to contact us

Visit us at:

Purple Door

University of Portsmouth

28 Guildhall Walk

Portsmouth

PO1 2DD

Opening hours:

Monday–Thursday: 8.30am–5.15pm

Friday: 8.30am–4.15pm

Telephone or email:

t: +44 (0)23 9284 2684

e: nest@port.ac.uk

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