Solve real business challenges. Create real business solutions. Develop employability skills and knowledge.
UOW is looking for bright and enthusiastic students (A.K.A. Univators) to come together and combine brain power, to solve real business challenges, for real organisations.
Applications have now closed for Univative 2021. Applications for Univative 2022 will be announced later in the year, and this page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Learn more about Univative
- What is Univative?
- What is involved?
- Selection criteria
- Reward and recognition
- Key dates
- Information sessions
- Student testimonials
Univative is a unique inter-university, inter-disciplinary, inter-cultural student consultancy program designed for you to exercise your skills to devise innovative solutions to genuine business and community challenges. While this program sees you competing against teams from other universities, its main focus is on your professional learning and development, so that you can develop 2021 employability skills and knowledge. This includes:
- Working in a team with other students from UOW
- Fostering a positive and proactive work environment, and supporting your peers;
- Developing firsthand knowledge and experience of an organisation (your employer host); and
- Developing key professional skills such as: time-management, team building, business and customer awareness, problem solving, report writing, entrepreneurship and intercultural awareness.
For 2020, Univative was proudly participated by nine universities:
- University of Wollongong
- University of New South Wales
- Australian Catholic University
- Central Queensland University (Sydney campus)
- Macquarie University
- Southern Cross University
- The University of Notre Dame
- University of Technology Sydney
- Western Sydney University
Over the course of four weeks during Winter 2021 (18 June – 16 July), you will:
- Commit at least 25 – 35 hours per week to the program
- Collaborate in a multi-disciplinary UOW team and attend regular team meetings as required
- Be partnered with an employer project host and liaise with them online
- Compete against teams of students from other participating universities
- Write a business report
- Develop a presentation
- Represent the University of Wollongong in a professional manner
- Provide ongoing feedback on the program and alert the Univative Coordinator to any issues should they arise
Eligible students will meet the following selection criteria:
- Must be a currently enrolled UOW student (all disciplines, undergraduate or postgraduate, local or international), ideally in their penultimate or final year.
- Students from all campuses are eligible to apply
- Must have completed at least one semester of study at UOW and have at least one remaining semester of study
- Must be available to commit to all Univative related events, including the launch, training sessions, final presentation and closing event.
- Able to work under pressure
- Effective communication skills and confidence when speaking to others
- Effective organisational and time-management skills
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as a part of a small team
- Desire to improve professionally, and to support others in their professional and learning development
- Visit the Official Univative website
Each team will be partnered with a project host (employer) and will compete against at least two other student teams from different universities.
Previous project hosts include:
- Salvos Legal
- Amazon Web Services
- Australian National Maritime Museum and more!
Each project host will select a winning team to be announced at the Awards Ceremony. All Univators will receive a Certificate of Participation and can opt in to receive UOWx recognition.
Ultimately, your Univative experience will enhance the quality of your future job applications and will give you the opportunity to connect with prospective employers, thus building upon your career network.
Univative 2021 will be conducted remotely
All below events will be held online and will be recorded.
By consenting to participate, you will be agreeing to the below timelines:
- Friday 4 June, 11 am to 1 pm: Univative Central onboarding session
- Tuesday 8 June, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm: UOW Careers Central Univative orientation
- Friday 18 June, 10 am to 3 pm: Univative Launch and Training
- Monday 21 June: Initial host briefing (1-1.5 hours, to be scheduled at a time between 10am4pm. Exact time to be confirmed once teams are assigned to a project)
- Week beginning Mon 5 July: Mid-point check with project host (1-1.5 hours, exact date and time to be agreed with project hosts during their initial briefing)
- Wednesday 14 July, 5 pm sharp: final written reports due
- Thursday 15 July, 5 pm sharp: final presentation videos due
- Friday 16 July: Grand Finale – students must be available all day
- Friday 6 August, 12 pm to 1.30 pm: student debrief session
- Friday 13 August, 5 pm: students to complete Univative feedback survey
Learn more about the Univative program, what’s involved and the experiences of previous participants by attending an online information session.
Univative 2021 online information sessions have concluded. Univative 2022 online information sessions will be shown here as they become available.
"I enjoyed the program and its challenges; it was good to be involved in a multidisciplinary team with people from different backgrounds. I also enjoyed having to learn about a new industry and present a report in a compressed time frame."
"It made me realise that I can do a lot more than I thought and my skills are quite broad...the experience clarified and helped me put into words some of my skills."
"As a research student, my future career plan was to get a research position at university or institute. And now I am confident to work in an industry or company, or even start my business."