Year in Enterprise

Are you interested in taking a year out of your studies to work on your own business? The ‘Year in Enterprise’ programme includes business advice, office space in the prestigious new Nexus building and £5,000 living costs allowance.

The University of Leeds, through the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies and Spark, offers four places on a ‘Year in Enterprise’.  Second year students can apply for a place if they have a workable business plan and wish to spend their third year developing their business.  The Year in Enterprise begins in late August/Early September.  The year works in the same way as a work placement year, and students return to complete their degree the year following the Year in Enterprise.

If you are successful you will remain a Leeds student for the year and take the 120 credit placement module LUBS7001 Year in Enterprise.  Available to any qualifying undergraduate students across the University **.

In addition to the usual support offered to students on an industrial placement, you would receive the following:

  • Living costs allowance of £5,000
  • Academic tutoring from CEES staff
  • Provision of a business mentor
  • Access to additional start-up advice
  • Access to networks
  • Provision of office space in Nexus, which include networked PCs, meeting space and filing areas

Successful completion of this module will give you a unique programme award as it will include an “(Enterprise)” variant.

Download full job description and further details  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOT OPEN YET THESE DOCUMENTS ARE FOR INFORMATION ONLY How-to-apply-2020-21(10).

To apply for the Year in Enterprise programme commencing August/September 2020, you must complete the following documents:

Submit the above three documents to Dr. Joanne Dickinson at by CLOSING DATE TO BE CONFIRMED.

Your application will be reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, LUBS and the Careers Centre. You will then be invited to an interview (held at Leeds University) in April 2020.  Successful applicants will be offered their place by the end of April 2020.

If you have any questions about the application please contact Dr. Emilee Simmons at the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies on

The Year in Enterprise is subject to the same tuition fees as a Year in Industry.  * You are still eligible to apply for a student loan but this will be at the reduced rate; see student finance information for more details.

** Please note: the Year in Enterprise is not currently open to international students due to visa restrictions. On a Tier 4 visa, you are not allowed to be self-employed; this is a Home Office rule. As the Year in Enterprise students are required to start up formally and trade, then they have to be HMRC/Companies House registered which would not be permitted under the visa regulations.

Find out more

Geology Student, Josephine Canning, spent her third year setting up her business, Josephine Canning Designs on a Year In Enterprise 2017/2018. 

Read Josephine’s story.

Management student, Harriett Howe, spent her Year In Enterprise setting up a lingerie company, 2017/2018.

Read Harriett’s story.


Hannah Gilliker took a year out to take part in the Year in Enterprise in 2012 – 2013.
Find out more about Hannah’s experience of the Year in Enterprise programme.

Nick Simm took a year out to take part in the Year in Enterprise in 2011- 2012.
Find out more about Nick’s experience of the Year in Enterprise programme and his business: Bold Gorilla.