The Employability Skills Experience simulation event
  • Congratulations to the 80 teams who have won through to UBC UK 2017-18 Round 2 Semi-finals

  • "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”

  • The UBC has helped over 29,500 students with employability and enterprise skills

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

  • Congratulations to Royal Holloway University of London - winners UBC UK 2016-17

  • Congratulations to the University of Limpopo - winners UBC South Africa 2017 Grand Final

Student Participants

'The Universities Business Challenge has been epic, met some amazing people, finished with a good result' ........'Great day at IBM, so glad I got involved back in October' ........'Awesome experience, put theory into practice, learned decision-making skills in a team'

We get comments like this all the time. The UBC is an employability skills development experience that is one of the best events you can take part in at university as rfated by by previous participants. Besides helping to develop the range of skills that employers are looking, we know from research conducted in conjunction with university enterprise departments, that the UBC also helps develop entrepreneurial skills and confidence.

Take a look at the videos to learn more about the UBC experience.



  • Develop your business acumen and skills employers are looking for
  • Develop enterprise skills
  • Develop financial awareness and decision-making skills
  • Develop team-working skills
  • Compete against teams from other universities
  • Learn a lot, have fun and possibly win prizes

A true learning experience

The Challenge is a true learning experience for all those who enter. It will help students to improve their decision-making skills, develop their team-working abilities and increase their knowledge in key business areas such as marketing, finance and production. The Challenge is not just for business studies students. It covers all faculties. Students from Information Technology, Engineering, Economics, Accounting, Law and a wide range of Arts and Science faculties have gained an invaluable understanding of the business world. 

Certificates of Participation for your CV / Personal Record

Besides the invaluable experience and prestige of progressing through the competition, you are awarded a personalised Certificate of Participation and achievement through each round of the Challenge. We know from employer, careers adviser and student feedback that participation in the UBC can really help at placement or job interview stage of your career - signalling to your potential employer that you have engaged in a challenging event that has significantly developed your employability skills and the specific competencies that employers value in graduate recruits. 

Cash Prizes

There are cash prizes for the top 3 teams: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500 and 3rd £250.