Working with local business
Queen Mary works with its local business, start-up and entrepreneurial communities to drive the exchange of knowledge between the education and commercial/industrial sectors. Together we aim to create meaningful impact to both sectors from the research and teaching happening at the University, shape the future work of Queen Mary, and develop our student employability.
We have a number of projects, services and initiatives that support this interaction which you can find details of below.
qLegal provides free legal advice, workshops and resources to start-up companies and entrepreneurs on a range of complex legal issues including Intellectual Property matters relating to patents, copyright and trademarks; agreements such as non-disclosure agreements and employment contracts; types of business structure and business incorporation, and regulatory advice on the laws that may affect you and your business.
qNomics offers free business advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs in a range of areas including market strategy, business planning, accounting, funding, and regulatory compliance. The clinics are delivered by students from School of Economics and Finance, supported by professional advisers.
Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise schemes
The Careers and Enterprise team here at Queen Mary run a range of different programmes which develops work experience and skills for our students whilst addressing a need identified by a local business or charity. These schemes open at different times throughout the year, to enable activities during the academic year and holiday periods. If you are interested in being involved, we'd recommend checking out their associated pages to find the forthcoming scheme dates.
The QInterns service supports London businesses by providing paid internships for Queen Mary undergraduate and postrgraduate students within their business/industry. Hosts are able to work closely with students throughout the internship, benefiting from the most up-to-date learning in the student’s field of study. These internships supply creative ideas and labour for businesses, while providing relevant work based experience for the interns
Charity Micro-Internships is Queen Mary’s award-winning work experience programme. Students take on a project for the host charity that the charity might not currently have the time or capacity to think about or focus on themselves whilst developing the skill-set of the student involved. Students volunteer between 35-70 hours on the piece of work over a period of weeks 2-8 weeks.
The Student Consultancy Project (SCP) provides a multidiciplinary team of students the opportunity to work on a mini-consultancy project within a business, charity, or social enterprise to help solve problems they face. Past projects have involved researching and analysing information, looking into improvements around marketing and business development, product developmenet, and reviewing policies and processes
Business owners mentor almost 100 student entrepreneurs per year on the high-impact entrepreneurship development programme that provides a testing ground for projects at idea-stage and early-stage. The entrepreneur-led, 8-week programme combines enterprise training, expert coaching and peer learning to accelerate success for student entrepreneurs. Mentors are assigned entrepreneur teams and encouraged to commit to at least 4 afternoon sessions during the programme.