Economic Challenge Innovation Fund
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Welcome to ECIF


UCL has unveiled a radical, £3.8million package of recession-busting activity designed to support London businesses during the economic downturn and prepare UCL’s own students for entry into an unprecedentedly difficult employment market. Different strands of activity will make it easy for London’s small businesses to access UCL’s world class problem-solving expertise, provide CV-boosting professional training for people already in employment, and give extensive support to students graduating in the summer.

ECIF Funded Activities

Enterprise Bootcamp

The UCL 'Enterprise Bootcamp' offers free training for UCL students. This is an introduction workshop to modern business to convey basic business concepts along with some of the hard and soft skills needed to get a job and succeed. Find out more>>

Work Experience Programme

UCL Advances are co-ordinating a new work experience programme under which up to 100 students will be placed on six to eight week assignments. The aim is to provide the students with valuable work experience that enables them to develop transferrable skills and better equip them for the labour market. Find out more>>

Careers Service

UCL Careers Service is offering an enhanced service for graduates, so that all those completing courses in 2009 can continue using the Careers Service for two further years after graduation. Over 1,000 graduates from the 'class of 2009' have signed up to the GradClub membership scheme, which includes one-to-one guidance from a dedicated Careers Coach, as well as a bespoke range of workshops and employer events tailored to meet the needs of those graduating during this challenging time. Find out more>>

For current UCL students, the Careers Service has developed a new online resource to raise awareness of a range of external business challenges and creative competitions, which allow students to showcase their talents and enhance their employability. Find out more>>

Language Centre

Intensive summer modern foreign language courses designed to give participants the opportunity to develop their foreign language and culture skills in a professional context. These two week intensive courses (35 hours tuition over 10 days) are funded by HEFCE (Economic Challenge Investment Fund, ECIF) and are therefore free for UCL students graduating in 2009 (and other UCL students, subject to availability). Find out more>>

UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment

The UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment has announced four initiatives to support the UK design community during these difficult economic times.

The initiatives are aimed at recent graduate architects, engineers and young practitioners and form part of UCL’s commitment to the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) and Short Knowledge Transfer Programmes. Find out more>>

ECIF Related News

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Modern foreign language summer courses – free for UCL students graduating in 2009>>

UCL unveils economic support for UK design community>>

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