UBC Undergraduate Timetable

UBC Undergraduate Challenge Starts 25 October 2023

UBC Undergraduate 2023-24 Edition


The next edition of the UBC Undergraduate Challenge starts on 25 October 2023 and is run over three rounds. The format and content are designed to develop the employability and enterprise skills employers are looking for.

Round 1 is run online via the UBC portal on the Learning Dynamics / The Simulation Space platform. Teams upload their decisions and results are released as per the published timetable.

Approximately the top 20% of teams from Round 1 go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals go through to the Round 3 Grand Final.

Key dates

  • Entries open: April 2023
  • Entries close: 25 October 2023

All entries will be confirmed progressively up to the closing date.

[Please note: The UBC Global Masters Postgraduate Challenge has a different timetable from the Undergraduate Competition. Please see UBC Global Masters info for the timetable].

Round 1 – Online

Late-October to December 2023

Logins & Resources:

Educators, Team Leaders and Team Members, including nominated team Mentors, will have access to the UBC simulation platform used in Round 1 via logins which will be provided to registered universities. All resources are made available online and can be downloaded from the simulation platform. The Team Brief and Participant Guide contains all the information necessary to take part in the UBC.

Upload your Team Leaders:

When you know your Team Leaders, you can upload their name/s and email address/es by logging into the UBC platform. The UBC simulation platform will automatically email Team Leaders their logins when you have submitted their details.

If you want your teams to participate in the optional Trial Trading Period (TTP), you should upload your Team Leader details prior to the TTP commencement date (please see detailed timetable below).

When Team Leaders have their logins, they input their Team Member details. The simulation platform emails Team Members their logins, so all members have access to the simulation platform.


Round 1 – Structure

Round 1 starts with an optional Trial Trading Period (TTP). The TTP is a practice round for teams to get used to the briefing resources and decisions. The Trial Trading Period (TTP) results do not count towards the final result. Results only count towards the final result from Trading Period 1 onwards.

While we encourage teams to complete the TTP, it is not essential in order to compete in Round 1 of the UBC, so teams who enter late can start with Trading Period 1.

For each trading period, decisions can be uploaded between the open date/time and the close date/time. Results will be published before the next trading period opens.


Deadlines for Team Leader details

  • To participate in TTP: 25 October 2023
  • To participate in Round 1: 8 November 2023 

Round 1 – Timetable 2023 (virtual online)

Trial Trading Period (TTP)

  • Open: Wednesday 25th October 9am
  • Close: Tuesday 7th November 10am

Trading Period One (TP1)

  • Open: Wednesday 8th November 9am
  • Close: Tuesday 14th November 10am

 Trading Period Two (TP2)

  • Open: Wednesday 15th November 9am
  • Close: Tuesday 21st November 10am

Trading Period Three (TP3)

  • Open: Wednesday 22nd November 9am
  • Close: Tuesday 28th November 10am

Trading Period Four (TP4)

  • Open: Wednesday 29th November 9am
  • Close: Tuesday 5th December 10am

Trading Period Five (TP5)

  • Open: Wednesday 6th December 9am
  • Close Tuesday 12th December 10am

Round 2 Semi-Finalists Announcement

Wednesday 13th December 2023

Round 2 – Semi-Finals: Feb/March 2024

The top teams from Round 1 go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals. These are scheduled to commence late February/Early March 2024 and will be confirmed during Round 1 of the Challenge. The number of teams that go through to the Round 2 Semi-Finals varies from year-to-year and is dependent upon sponsorship support. Over the past two years, approximately 20% of all teams have gone through and competed in the Round 2 Semi-Finals.

Round 3 – Grand Final: Late March 2024

The Round 3 Grand Final is scheduled for late March 2024. The top 10 teams from the Round 2 Semi-Finals compete to be winners of UBC Worldwide United Kingdom and put their university’s name on the trophy. The Grand Final date and venue will be confirmed during Round 1.

The Grand Final will be hosted and facilitated as a rich immersive experience by the UBC team with support from graduate employers, public and third sector speakers.

Please note: The UBC Management Team reserves the right to change the Round 2 Semi-finals and Round 3 Grand Final from in person to virtual events.

Previous winning universities:

University of St Andrews, University of Liverpool (twice), University of Westminster, University of Glasgow, Anglia Ruskin University (three times), Royal Holloway University of London, University of Sheffield, Bristol University (twice), Essex University, Durham University, Bournemouth University, Aston University, University of Manchester, Imperial College London (twice), University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge University, University of Wales Swansea, Farnborough College of Technology and Sussex University.

Grand-Finalists have included teams from:

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, De Montfort, UEA, Nottingham Trent, Westminster, Exeter, Lancaster University Management School, Plymouth, Portsmouth, York, Nottingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Canterbury Christ Church, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Regents University London, Sheffield-Hallam, St Andrews, Royal Holloway, Brunel, Warwick, Imperial, Sheffield, Oxford, UCL, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Queen Mary London, Queen’s Belfast, Reading, Southampton, Loughborough, Anglia Ruskin, Aberystwyth, Trinity All Saints, Bournemouth, Oxford Brookes, Essex, Birmingham, Abertay Dundee, Robert Gordon, Bell College, University of Central Lancashire, Royal Holloway, City University, Leicester, Hertfordshire.

Please note our Terms & Conditions which can be viewed on this website. The Universities Business Challenge/ Learning Dynamics reserve the right to change this timetable. Please note that we reserve the right to change the Round 2 Semi-finals and Round 3 Grand Final from a live event to virtual online.