Thinking about starting a business…


As you start the new academic year at University you may be considering what the future holds on graduation or how you are going to earn an income whilst you undertake your studies. If you are considering starting a business, either part time or full time following graduation, did you know that help and support is on hand?

Support can be provided to help you to develop the skills to take your idea to the next level, this could be by attending one of the planned workshops which will be running during November – more details to follow in this regard, or by receiving support on a one to one basis.

As student enterprise coordinator I can help you and provide you with a range of templates and access to tools which can be valuable as you consider self-employment, so if you have an idea that you would like to explore further please get in touch, there is of course no pressure to start a business just the support to help you to consider this option.

Freshers will also see the launch of the student enterprise society where you can get involved and develop transferrable skills, it will be run by students for students and I will provide help and support as required.

So if you want to get involved or would just like to hear more, please drop me an e-mail, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

Volunteer @ Abandon Normal Devices Festival


The Abandon Normal Devices Festival is searching for enthusiastic volunteers to support the upcoming event that will run from 18th-20th September.

The event will feature an exciting festival of new cinema, digital culture & art in Grizedale Forest and is keen to recruit volunteers for this unique project!

The festival features a groundbreaking programme of new commissions & will reimagine the forest through a series of trails, artworks & film happenings. It will provide volunteers with a great opportunity to work alongside international artists as well as the Forestry Commission & several other organisations.

If you’d like to find out more about the festival visit: or to apply to be a volunteer go to:

Don’t miss out!

Friday Featured Vacancy: Digital Designer at CFM Radio


We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a creative digital designer to join the team at CFM in Carlisle.

You will be working on sales presentations, e-marketing, creating and managing campaigns on our radio stations websites in a busy and growing digital department.

We specialise in designing websites and creating videos for clients so knowledge of WordPress and Adobe Premiere would be beneficial.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A thorough knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop)
  • A great portfolio
  • Front end web design skills
  • A thorough knowledge of WordPress
  • Excellent organisational skills and be able to work to tight deadlines

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a media environment, we offer a generous pension and benefits scheme which includes a cycle to work scheme, discounted childcare vouchers and the option for private health care and dental cover.

To apply for the role send your CV, portfolio and covering letter to

Business Concept Competition

Quality Formations have just launched a new grant programme designed to help aspiring student entrepreneurs pursue new business concepts, and I thought it might be something that our enterprising students may be interested in. Here are the details:

The programme is open to all degree-level students studying at any listed/recognised UK college or university.

  • It is open to both domestic and international students of all ages.
  • Quality Formations will award up to 6 winning students with a £1,000 grant in order to use towards developing a new business concept (in any way they see fit). They are also offering each contest winner a free formation package, which will enable them to incorporate their new business through Companies House.

To apply, provide proof of enrolment at UoC, complete their short application form and submit a 1,000-word essay describing your start-up idea. They do not need a detailed business plan or projections; they simply want an outline of what your start-up idea is, why you think it will succeed and how you will use the grant funds if successful.

The deadline for entry is 17:00 January 29, 2016. An in-house committee will decide the winners by 26th February 2016, and successful applicants and their learning institutions will be notified shortly thereafter.

If this is something you are interested in and want more information see their website:

If you are looking to apply and want help developing your application please let me know and I will be pleased to provide you with support.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

Graduate Start-ups


You have worked hard and achieved your degree and now moving onto the next chapter in your life, but what direction should you take?

There are different options open to you that will allow you to build on the skills that you have developed, one these options is starting your own business.

Running a business is hard work and challenging, but it can also be exhilarating, exciting and rewarding allowing you to use your skills to the full and develop new ones along the way.

If this is the route you chose to explore then help is at hand. UoC students and graduates can access the help and support to research your intended business, everything from market research, to raising finance to business planning, this could be one to one support or attendance at workshops where you will be able to meet likeminded people. To find out more, drop me an e-mail and we can start to put the support in place which will help you. If you have moved away from the area we will be able to put you in contact with local provision and also provide support via e-mail, telephone of skype.

Keep an eye out for details of the different business sessions we will be running this year on campus and during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November!

In addition the university has agreed to offer graduate start –up support packages to help you with business location at their business centres, again contact me if you would like further information.

Whatever you chose to do, think it through, get help were you can and good luck with it.

Sylvia Grainger

Student Enterprise Co-ordinator

Volunteer with Lancashire County Council!


How to apply to be a volunteer

Some people just really need a friend. Can you be that person for an hour or two a week? To help or find out more, see our Befriending roles.

Perhaps you would like to be a Countryside Ranger or help young people in a youth centre?

Search our list of volunteer opportunities available.

Once you find an opportunity that suits you, select it and then click the “sign up” button.

You will now start creating your own volunteer profile, once you have completed and submitted it, a member of staff will contact to discuss your application.

If you don’t hear from us within 5 working days, please email and quote the opportunity you have expressed an interest in and the date you completed your application. We will chase it up for you.

If you have looked through our opportunities but are unsure about the option and want some help please email

Apply for a volunteering opportunity

What’s in it for you?

Whatever your reason for becoming a volunteer there are huge benefits for you and your community. We will help you to achieve your personal goals.

Volunteering provides the experience and qualifications employers look for, it shows them that you are committed and have employability skills.

You will receive training to prepare you for volunteering and to enhance your activities. We work in partnership with other training providers and will signpost you to appropriate training for example – confidence building, employability skills, drug awareness and mental health awareness.

You should not be out of pocket financially, where possible we will reimburse pre-agreed expenses such as mileage and car parking.

What you can expect from us

  • A full induction to your role within the service
  • Regular support and feedback from a supervising officer
  • A written description of your volunteer activities
  • Application of Health and Safety policies to volunteers’ activities.
  • Clear policies for reimbursing volunteers’ expenses
  • Recognition of the different roles and responsibilities of volunteers and paid employees
  • Ongoing opportunities for training

What we expect from you

When carrying out your volunteering activities you are expected to be ambassadors for Lancashire County Council and/or Lancashire Constabulary. Your volunteering activities will add great value to the services we offer to the people of Lancashire.

In relation to your volunteering activities you must:

  • Be reliable, committed and professional.
  • Act in confidence and with discretion
  • Embrace equality and diversity values
  • Have a duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of all people you deal with
  • Abide by all relevant health and safety and data protection legislation

Please email for more details around volunteering.

Friday’s Featured Vacancy: Brand Ambassador with Splatter

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Brand Ambassador with Splatter Field Marketing Agency

Company information:

Splatter Group are a field marketing agency who generally work in the entertainment and technology fields. We offer tactical ad hoc work on a day to day basis. Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Job description:

Splatter group offer various types of work either ad hoc day to day basis, part time or full time.

Our jobs include auditing, merchandising, demonstrations, mystery shopping, costume character work, events and in store training.

Person requirements:

Splatter Group are looking for out-going, trustworthy staff that have a keen interest in technology, gadgets and games


  • Scotland
  • Europe
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • East of England
  • Ireland
  • Greater London
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • South West England
  • South East England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

Apply online at: