Value Penguin, a price comparison website, approached the Enterprise team to find a great student representative of enterprise activity at UoB to do a Q&A interview with them. Joshua Greenidge, president of the Bristol Entrepreneurs’ Society (BES) seemed like the perfect person for the job and this featured article does him enormous credit.
Joshua Greenidge is studying Anthropology with Innovation and expects to graduate in 2020. Joshua first entered the University of Bristol in 2016 through the Foundation Year in the Arts & Humanities, a one-year program that is designed to enable a diverse group of students to enter university who may not have a traditional student profile.
What has your experience in the programme been like at your university? (Perhaps you could tell us about both the Entrepreneurial Services at Bristol and also the Anthropology with Innovation programme.)
It’s been AMAZING! I left secondary school early and was educated at home due to being dyslexic so I didn’t really know what to expect. I applied to Bristol knowing that I wanted to immerse myself in the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem that the city has to offer, but I didn’t expect the community to be so welcoming, or for there to be so many opportunities.
Since starting at Bristol in September I have regularly attended Basecamp events and workshops delivered by the former Entrepreneur in Residence Jack Farmer, and I’ve recently taken over as President of the student-run Bristol Entrepreneurs’ Society.
I have also participated in the first round of the New Enterprise Competition, and am currently completing the Santander Universities Internship Scheme. The internship is an especially valuable resource for students as it provides the funds needed to really test their idea, while also providing them with a dedicated team of advisers that can be called upon if you need extra guidance.
This year is going to see a lot of changes taking place across the university with regards to its entrepreneurial provision, and I expect that students starting this year will have a great collection of workshops, events and meet ups to attend throughout their first year at Bristol.
Why should other students consider your degree and/or university?
The University of Bristol is one of those places where things can really happen. If you’re interested in deep academic learning, but you also want to combine technical real world experience with your time at university, there are lots of great opportunities that enable you to do that.
I would advise all students considering Bristol to look at the university in a much broader context than other institutions. The university’s location in the heart of the city gives you great access to a vast number of very enterprising companies, and there are some very innovative start-ups in the Bristol-Bath area for you to land that career-enhancing internship.
I would also suggest that students look into the Careers Service and student-run societies. There is a great community spirit at Bristol and I feel that the university leads the pack when it comes to creating a multidisciplinary learning environment.
Potential students should also look at the newly announced Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus to see what’s to come in the future.
To read the rest of Josh’s article please go to this link.