UCLan Alumni2020-03-11T13:09:32+00:00



Thinking about changing careers, starting out on your own, making a bit of extra money or simply have a great idea you can’t keep to yourself? There are lots of reasons that UCLan graduates come to Propeller and we work at your pace.

  • Free ongoing support via workshops and mentoring

  • Free networking events

  • Reduced rate in the Propeller Hub after the pricing restructure

  • Remain registered on UCLan Talent for 2 years after graduation

  • Able to apply for the Propeller Enterprise Award up to 1 year after graduating


Thinking about going self-employed, starting a business on the side or even just getting together some holiday money? Freelancing is a great way to test the waters of working for yourself. Our online tool Flightpath is set up to show you the ins and outs of freelancing, the skills you need and how to get going.


Our mentoring and coaching service can support you on your enterprise journey, especially if you are working on your own and have no prior experience. We work at your pace and you can meet us as many times as you need. We can even find you a coaching buddy so you can help each other along the way as friends.


As a graduate you are entitled to come along to our skills & knowledge workshops, held in the Media Factory, Preston. We have two main programmes – the Propeller Enterprise Programme which is essentially a Start-up 101 spread across 6 workshops, and the Bite-sized Briefings which can be considered top-up courses on specialist areas. We have monthly networking events and lots of one-off events, so make sure you check out our calendar!


Want to know what grants and support is out there? We have got our own grants and info on all resources you need.
Would you like to work for yourself but you need financial support to get your idea off the ground? The Student Entrepreneurship Award is given out once annually through a competitive process giving you the chance to win up to £1000.

Hub Space

Working from home can be a challenge, but during early days of business it can be hard to justify renting an office. Social work space is a great in-between and we offer our own Propeller Hub from as little as £0.68 a day (paid monthly).

We have a thriving community of start-up businesses connecting, making use of our meeting space, telephony, printing and a coveted UCLan trading address amongst our services, it’s worth stopping by for a tour.


Enterprise is not just about business. It’s also about applying yourself in the community on a course project or during a placement. By engaging with us you can boost your chances of making an impact in these and other situations.
It’s about coming up with fresh ideas for new services , products or activities and how things could be done better. We have a strong track record of supporting voluntary organizations , charities , and community projects.

Success Stories


Can I use the Propeller space?2020-03-10T13:25:32+00:00

The Propeller Hub is open to students, alumni and commercial businesses associated with UCLan.

Current students can register for a free hot desk. Graduates are offered hot-desking and dedicated desk space at a reduced rate, and commercial businesses associated with UCLan are also welcome to hot desk or rent a dedicated desk from us. To discuss using the space, please contact teampropeller@uclan.ac.uk.

We are currently undergoing a price review; this information is correct as of March 2020.

Why should I choose Propeller?2020-03-10T13:49:05+00:00

We act as a single point of access to a range of business support, specialist facilities and networks at UCLan. Contact us today if you would like further info on teampropeller@uclan.ac.uk

How do I register?2020-03-10T13:48:56+00:00

You can book onto workshops online, as well as booking appointments either over the phone (01772 895950) or in-person at reception (Media Factory 401).

We will take some contact details and make arrangements for you and the first time you visit us, you’ll have to complete some paperwork.

Who is eligible to use the service?2020-03-10T13:48:50+00:00

The service primarily serves students, staff members and alumni of UCLan. We are open to other businesses working with us if they are affiliated with another UCLan project such as the Centre for SME Development. If you are uncertain if this applies to you, please contact us.