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Want to be on next year’s committee? iCUE AGM coming soon!

Hi Everyone,

As semester 2 is coming to an end, it is time for the iCUE and Edinburgh Apprentice committees to handover to a new committee!

Being a part of the committee is an amazing way to develop business skills, boost your CV and get in contact with some really great industry professionals. There are no prerequisites, and the roles are open to those of all years of any course. We highly encourage everyone to give it a shot!

Further details below:

Where? - Appleton Lecture Theatre 3

When? 6:30pm-8:00pm, Wednesday 12th March 2014

Descriptions and responsibilities of all roles available are set out in the file attached (link below the post).

If you have any questions about specific roles, feel free to get into contact with the person currently holding the position (all names and emails here) or for general enquiries.

To apply for a role, please express your interest to and prepare a short 2-3 minute speech as to why you think you would be good for the part. We will see you on the 12th of March, where you will be expected to deliver your speech.

Good luck!


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The Edinburgh Apprentice 2014

The Edinburgh Apprentice Applications are now closed, however the competition will be running again next year in February 2015.

The Edinburgh Apprentice is a student competition similar to the TV Programme “The Apprentice”. Open to students from all four Universities! £1000 cash prize for first place. No previous experience or business idea required.  

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After iCUE and SIE movie night!


Thanks so much to everyone who came to the Movie Night last night! Congratulations to Wendy and her team who were joint pub-quiz winners with Simon, Michelle and Matthew. We also had some great entries into our competition on how you would invest £1million – ideas ranged from paintball go-karts and taking over the world (thank you to Pinkie and the Brain for that entry) to investing in high growth companies and safety systems for cities. Well done to everyone who entered, get in touch with SIE if you want to take your idea forward!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the £20 voucher for Bonsai is Flora Bannerman, for her idea to invest £1million to start up a chain of cocktails and cupcakes bars called ‘Cuptails’. We thought this idea was fun, creative and original, well done Flora!

And great thanks from iCUE to Scottish Institute for Enterprise for a massive support in organising this event!

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Week 9 – Movie night with SIE and case study session sign ups!

Hi Everyone!

As deadlines are approaching and everyone is gradually getting sick and tired of studying, we have a bit more relaxed plan for you this week! Come enjoy a movie night with us, which will be followed by an informal quiz and prizes after that! Some snacks and drinks will be provided ;) More details below:

icue logo small@ iCUE and SIE Movie Night, 13 Nov 2013

When? 6.30pm, 13 Nov 2013
Where? The Brass Monkey, 14 Drummond St, Edinburgh, EH8 9TU
(just opposite Old College, location on google maps here

We will watch a movie, have a bit of discussion and some free drinks! DO come and join us!

The movie we will be watching is Trading Places.


Mortimer and Randolph Duke are commodity brokers who enjoy a little wager now and then. For the latest bet, Randolph believes they can take a common criminal and make him a successful businessman in the company. The criminal, Billy Ray, is to be given the job and home of Louis, who in turn is set up for crimes he didn’t commit, to see if he resorts to crime once he’s lost his rich environment and friends.

Check out the Facebook event page here!


Also, week after that we will have a case study session with RBS and ICAS focused on mastering your presentations skills! You can sign up for it already now! Click to sign up for case study (20Nov). More info below:

icue logo smallICAS@ Case Study with RBS and ICAS ‘Master your presentations skills!’, 20 Nov 2013

When? 6.30pm, 20 Nov 2013
Where? David Hume Tower, room TBC

RBS and ICAS are coming to help you improve on your presentation skills, a key skill sought after by all employers. You will have the opportunity to work through a small case study where you will be given the opportunity to present your findings. RBS and ICAS representatives will give you valuable feedback on your presentation, suggesting ways in which you can develop. 

Want to get ahead of the game when it comes to internship and job applications? Then this opportunity is right for you!

You can sign up here: Click to sign up for case study (20Nov)


See you all on Wednesday!

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Week 8 – ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurship’ at iCUE!

wntrepreneur event

Hey everyone, is is already week 8 approaching soon and we have an exciting event scheduled for you!

Launch.ED and Santander are coming to share their knowledge and experience in working with start-ups! Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Do you want to start your own business but don’t know how to go about it?  Or are you just curious what start-up students started at Edinburgh University and how banks get involved in entrepreneurship? This event is a great opportunity for you – make sure you don’t miss it!  See more:

icue logo small  business competitions  @ iCUE ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurship’ Speaker Event, 6 Nov 2013

When? 6.30pm, 6 Nov 2013
Where? Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

Launch.ED Talk: Inspiring Entrepreneurship – Start-up stories

Launch.ED advisers will share with you the stories of Edinburgh University students that started their own businesses and what lessons can be learnt from them. Come to hear their main mistakes and success drivers! To find out more about Launch.ED, student start-up advice service, click here.

Santander Talk: Banks and Start-ups

Santander will tell you about what banks have to do with start-ups and how they can get involved. They have a whole separate start-up division, so you will get some real life stories as well!


Just a  reminder, this week there is also EY networking event!

@ So you want to be an intern? Networking with EY staff

When? 6pm, Thu 7 Nov 2013
Where? The Living Room, 113-115 George Street

Our range of internships, available to penultimate and final year students, include the EY Summer Internship (six weeks) and the EY Global Student Experience (eleven weeks), where you’ll be engaging with global organisations on real projects while learning what working life is like at EY.

All the while you could be getting closer to securing a graduate job that can take you as far as you want to go.

If you have applied, are interested in applying, or want to know more, we are holding a networking event with current EY staff who have been in your shoes and know the exceptional EY experience first hand.

As places are limited please apply for this event by sending your CV and details of the internships that you are considering applying for to as soon as possible.


See you on Wednesday!

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Week 6: Students Meet Industry – Networking Event!


Hi everyone!

This week we are having Students Meet Industry – Networking Event!

Come to talk to some of the prestigious companies that recruit graduates. We will introduce you to each company and its representative. Then you will get opportunity to speak to them and ask them any questions. There will be representatives from EY, RBS, ICAS, Launch.ED, TeachFirst and Choose-a-Challenge charity attending.

What is planned?
– Wine reception
– Introduction of each representative and company
– Networking with companies and students

Come to find out about their programmes from students, expand your networks and have fun!

Students Meet Industry – Networking Event, 23 Oct 2013

When? 6.30pm, 23 Oct 2013
Where? The Living Room, 113-115 George Street

ICAS   business competitions   

And one more thing . . .

EY Internship Applications are open!

Go Further Faster with an EY Summer Internship

If you’ve got the drive and ambition to succeed, the EY Summer Internship programme will place you at the heart of a global professional services organisation and give you the chance to excel. If you do well, you could secure a graduate job offer too.

Click here to apply EYCareersGuide

What is the EY Summer Internship?

If you are in your penultimate or final year of study, then you could spend six weeks getting fully immersed in life at EY. After an induction programme, you’ll be part of a high-performing team, working with clients to solve complex business issues across one of our four service lines: Advisory, Assurance, Corporate Finance or Tax.  We have vacancies across the UK including in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Go Further Faster

• Paid experience of real work in a global business environment
• Grow your knowledge and skills in your chosen service line
• Discover more about EY and the world of professional services in greater depth
• Get excellent career and business advice from our experts
• Secure a graduate job offer if you perform well

You’ll need at least 300 UCAS points and be predicted at least a 2:1 honours degree. This is for students with high potential. A demanding training environment like the EY Summer Internship programme will immerse you in the professional services world and give you valuable and real experience of working with experts on challenging client issues.

Careers at the top of the business world are often defined by where they start. Begin yours at EY and you’ll gain the skills, contacts and experiences to make your career go further, faster.

Find out more and apply for an EY Summer Internship by visiting our EY Careers Guide where you can find details of posts,  hear from our staff, and get an insight into our local offices.


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