Careers and employability

Enterprise and volunteering

Namrah Shahid

Student enterprise

If you’re keen to develop your entrepreneurial skills or set up your own business, then we have the facilities and experience to help you.

The University’s innovative SPARK initiative can help you with business start-up support, advice and funding to develop an idea you may have into a viable business. You also have the opportunity to apply for the year in enterprise programme, which gives you the chance to take a year out to develop your business – you’ll receive a £5,000 bursary and have access to advice, mentoring and professional networks.

Visit the enterprise website to find out more.

Clubs, societies and volunteering

Leeds University Union (LUU) runs over 300 student-led clubs and societies, bringing like-minded students together. Whether you want to pursue an interest or try something new to add to your CV, there’s something for everyone. The Natural Sciences society is led by students from the course who can advise you on their experiences with module choices, laboratory modules, applications for years abroad, and years in industry.


Volunteering is a great way for you to enhance your CV further and develop valuable skills, as well as giving something back to the community. LUU has a number of student-led volunteering societies that you can choose to get involved with, such as Leeds RAG. There’s also the chance to develop your own ideas into a project with the Leeds for Life Foundation cash grants.