Univative Inter-University Competition

Univative 2016
  • Build employability skills working on real business problems in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students from all faculties are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be available to meet all program time commitments.
  • Applications for 2016 are now closed

Participate in the 2016 Univative inter-university consulting competition, engaging with real organisations and working in small teams to solve actual business problems.

You will compete against teams from other NSW universities, which in 2016 will include the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, The University of Wollongong and University of New South Wales.

Teams have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and to enhance their employability skills through developing a creative business proposal.

How it works

Interdisciplinary teams of 4-6 students are allocated a project brief requiring a resolution to a real world business issue posed by a Univative project host. Each team has 3 weeks to work offsite to research and formulate solutions to the project brief with minimal supervision. In week 4 teams are required to submit a business report and present their business proposal to the project host. Project hosts will select a winning team to be announced at the Closing Ceremony. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Project Hosts for the 2016 program include EY, NEC, Accor, Clickview, Australian National Maritime Museum, White Ribbon, Salvation Army, CHBS Health Fund, and the Co-op Bookshop. Past projects have involved working on a social media campaign, devising marketing strategies and corporate responsibility projects. Participants have the opportunity to work on a new project which may not be directly related to the discipline they study at university.

Time Commitment

Please note: In addition to attending all program events as listed in the timeline below, all participants must be available to work intensively on their team project during the period 24 June to 22 July 2016. Estimated time requirement:

  • Wednesday 8 June Orientation (held on campus)
    *Please note, this event falls in the week prior to the exam period
  • Weeks 1-3: 24 June – 15 July equivalent to a part-time workload (approximately 15-20 hours/week)
  • Week 4: 16 July – 22 July equivalent to full-time workload

How to Apply

Applications for 2016 are now closed.


2016 Dates Program schedule

Monday 11 April

Applications open

Sunday 1 May (midnight)

Applications close

Early May

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and invited to application interviews

Early May

Application interviews for shortlisted applicants followed by offers to successful applicants.

Wednesday 8 June

Orientation (held on campus)
*Please note, this event falls in the week prior to the exam period

Friday 24 June

Program launch (held on  campus)

Monday 27 June
(The time for this event is to be confirmed.)

Team briefing on-site by the project host

24 June - 15 July: Part-time workload approx. 15-20hrs per week
16 - 22 Juiy: Full-time workload

Work on project

Wednesday 20 July

Presentation dress rehearsal (held on campus)

Friday 22 July
(This event will be held in the afternoon/early evening and the actual time is to be confirmed.)

Program close and presentation on-site at project host premises. Location to be confirmed.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled student (all years and disciplines, undergraduate or postgraduate, coursework and research degrees)
  • Penultimate and final year students will be given priority
  • No industry or business experience is required as Univative is an opportunity for students from all degree disciplines to see what it’s like to engage with real organisations and solve actual business problems.
  • International students are encouraged to apply
  • Whilst selection of participants is based on the answers given to the questions in the application form, consideration is also given to creating diverse teams to reflect the varying backgrounds and experience common to project teams in industry. This will include varying levels of business experience, a range of degree disciplines, and a balance of undergraduate and postgraduate as well as local and international students.
  • Please be aware that you won't be able to select your team or project as is the case in many business environments.

Note: If you are a postgraduate student with a lot of professional experience, this may not be the appropriate program for you.


  • Gain professional experience generating solutions to real world problems
  • Enhance your resume with valuable business experience, employability skills and achievements
  • Collaborate in a diverse team environment and apply theory to practice
  • Develop valuable professional skills, including consulting, team work, problem solving, presenting, researching, creative thinking and report writing, to promote your career development
  • Opportunity to network with industry representatives and students from other universities.
  • Represent The University of Sydney

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