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UCLan Students

Develop Your Enterprising Mind

We are a support service open to every student and graduate . We can help you while you’re on your course to use your learning in a meaningful and practical way to reach your career goals. We achieve this by giving you unlimited access to a host of resources including skills workshops, mentoring, grants, facilities and networks to meet all your needs.


Your course takes priority when you’re at university, but getting real-world experience is also important. Most students work part-time jobs in retail and catering, but don’t always get experience relevant to their studies.

You can make money whilst getting relevant experience by freelancing. What’s more, you can work as much or as little as you want, gaining experience in the field of your choice.You can finance yourself using your skills, for example:

  • Tutoring GCSE students
  • Selling art on commission
  • Managing social media for business
  • Writing copy
  • Designing websites

Our online platform for freelancing skills development ‘Flightpath’ is a great place to start if you’re thinking about working whilst you study.


You might have a destination in mind for when you graduate, but perhaps not a map of how to get there. You might also have a vague idea of what you want to do, or where you want to work, without looking at any specific roles.

A career path is not set in stone. We constantly grow and evolve, so we want to equip you with the skills you need to do so effortlessly.

It’s increasingly common to work a series of temporary contracts nowadays or taking on several part-time jobs to create one full-time career. Understanding how the different business functions work can be a great asset when applying for jobs, communicating across departments or looking at changing industry.

There’s not much traditional about ‘traditional employment’ anymore, so our workshops are designed to help you develop the skills needed to adapt.


Some students already know that they will have to work self-employed to succeed in their industry. Others choose to run their own company because they have an idea that nobody else is working on. Others just don’t like working under others. Whatever the reason, self-employment is a great option whether it:

  • supplements your main income
  • is an alternative to traditional career paths
  • is an aspiration for years down the line
  • is just a back-up plan

It doesn’t matter whether you work for yourself full-time, part-time or only occasionally. We can help you get started.


You’ll find all of the Propeller services useful, but the following are a great starting point:

  • Workshops
  • Mentors
  • Flightpath
  • Free hot-desking
  • Propeller Enterprise Award

For any extra information on the above, visit our services page, or contact us

Success Stories


How can you help me if I’ve already started working for myself?2017-06-14T15:06:04+01:00

As a team we have a lot of “know how” and “know who” to help you take things to the next level. We can help in all areas of business and at all stages of development. This means you will be able to start up and scale up quicker and more sustainably by engaging with us.

I have not heard about you before, what does Propeller do?2017-06-14T15:05:40+01:00

Propeller provides interactive and fun opportunities to help you become more enterprising and entrepreneurial. We enable you to develop the skills, capabilities and mindset to make your ideas happen.  We also offer you the experiences to succeed in self-employment, social & community enterprise or get ahead in your chosen career. Additionally, we complement the studies within your degree programme, especially where project work and business planning are relevant, whatever level you’re studying at.

I don’t know much about business and I’m not studying a business course. How can I be enterprising?2017-06-14T15:05:18+01:00

Enterprise is not just about business. It embraces making a change through a project, student society or social and community enterprise as well. Employers are increasingly looking for commercial awareness in graduates both in the public and private sectors and intrapreneurs- agents of change within large organisations. We can help you develop transferable skills and core employability skills valued by employers. This can help you secure the job you want and get promoted because you will be better equipped to take on greater responsibility for things like managing staff and budgets.

What if I don’t want to start or run a business, how can you help me?2017-06-14T15:04:52+01:00

Engaging with us will likely help you get better grades particularly if you will be assessed on an area relating to pitching ideas and business planning. We can help you to win competitions and awards which will help you get recognised. We can help you open up new opportunities for research, innovation and collaboration and even commercialise your ideas. The world of work has changed so that the idea of a job for life has disappeared. You need to be equipped to work for yourself in the future. This means, even if you don’t feel these skills are relevant to you now, they may well be in a few year’s time.

What if I haven’t got a business idea yet, can I visit you?2017-06-14T15:04:26+01:00

Being enterprising very often comes from having a good or new idea but not always so. Sometimes the motivating factor can be a passion to change things. If you are struggling with ideas, we can help with idea generation and innovation through our workshops. We believe everyone can be creative and we try to provide the environment for you to be exactly that. You will get the chance to interact with other students and businesses to help you generate ideas. Our workshops, competitions and networking events offer excellent ways for you to engage you in new enterprising, real life situations.

How can I engage with you and balance my other commitments such as my course and part time work?2017-06-14T15:03:41+01:00

We believe your education at UCLan is much more than obtaining a Degree although that is a tremendously important part of it. We offer a flexible and responsive service which is available all year round so we can work around your needs. For example, our workshops take place on a rolling basis so you can dip in and out when you like. Your location does not have to be a limiting factor either as we can provide support over the phone or via Skype. We are also developing an online platform so you can access resources anytime, anywhere. You can come to us at any stage after you graduate. Finally, we offer an unlimited offer of support so there is no cut off point and you can receive as much help as you require.

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