Careers and employability

Enterprise and volunteering

Elec Louise Heeney

Student enterprise

If you’re keen to develop your entrepreneurial skills or set up your own business, then we have the facilities and experience to help you.

The University’s innovative SPARK initiative can help you with business start-up support, advice and funding to develop an idea you may have into a viable business. You also have the opportunity to apply for the year in enterprise programme, which gives you the chance to take a year out to develop your business – you’ll receive a £5,000 bursary and have access to advice, mentoring and professional networks.

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Clubs and societies

Leeds University Union (LUU) runs over 300 student-led clubs and societies, bringing like-minded students together. Whether you want to pursue an interest or try something new to add to your CV, there’s something for everyone. The ShockSoc society is our School society that offers you a number of opportunities throughout your degree.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to broaden your experience, meet new people and develop valuable skills. There are over 1,000 opportunities for you to get involved in. You can volunteer in the local community as well as internationally through our students union societies. LUU also has a number of student-led volunteering societies that you can choose to get involved with, such as Leeds RAG and Engineers without borders. From supporting young carers in Leeds to teaching in a rural Cambodian school, there will be a volunteering scheme to suit you.

There’s also the chance to develop your own ideas into a project with the Leeds for Life Foundation cash grants.