• 83% of students agree employability skills improved after participating in the UBC

  • Congratulations to Royal Holloway -

    Winners of UBC UK 2016-17

  • "I have learned, grown and evolved from this wonderful experience"

  • "Because of doing the UBC I was selected for a placement out of 150 candidates"

  • “The UBC UK was one of my top experiences at university”

  • Entries are now open for UBC UK 2017-18 - see How to Enter

  • The UBC has helped over 26,000 students with employability and enterprise skills

Educators & Instructors

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills identifies 6 key principles for success in employability skills development. The Universities Business Challenge delivers on all 6 principles, which are:

Shelagh Green, Careers Service Director, Edinburgh University


Joy Moloney, Senior Education Development Fellow, Faculty of Engineering & the Environment, University of Southampton

  1. Based on real workplace practice: with real employer involvement and people outside the learning environment.Yes for UBC.
  2. Experiential: putting principles into practice, learning from mistakes and observation of self and peers. Yes for UBC.
  3. Personal: with active engagement, challenging inappropriate behaviour and supporting self-improvement. Yes for UBC.
  4. Reflective: offering frequent opportunities to observe progress and challenges, and learn from them. Yes for UBC.
  5. A structured and integrated process: personal development planning, advice & guidance, recorded. UBC provides helpline and team progress to university staff and a certificate of participation for each team member.
  6. Strong institutional leadership and resources: ideally through a whole institutional review. UBC works with university employability staff to promote the value of the UBC experiential learning challenge among participating universities