52 university teams produced solutions to 15 projects posed by industry project sponsors. These are authentic problems faced by Australian businesses and community groups. Students were trained in design thinking, project management and teamwork. They also received digital media training to produce video presentations and their journey videos.
Independent statistical analysis of the pre and post Univative student survey indicates high program satisfaction. A cluster analysis shows that the majority of the survey respondents (85%) gave a rating of:
- 91 out of 100 would recommend Univative to other students
- 93 out of 100 would recommend Univative to industries and communities
Statistically significant improvements were found across all targeted development areas of problem-solving, digital media production, report writing, networking and industry engagement, self-awareness, teamwork, and presentation.
Univative deliverables were achieved despite COVID-19 disruptions. These included stakeholder consultation, partner negotiation and renegotiation (due to COVID-19), student recruitment and selection, ongoing student support and communication, student preparation and training, key program contact points (launch, midpoint meet, and finale), student work submission and evaluation, and reporting.
Challenges and recommendations
Univative embodied a proactive collegial response to the contracting resources across Australian university career services over the past decade. The joint venture was further solidified by the conviction to deliver on schedule when student development opportunities dwindled.
Collaborators’ painstaking efforts in Univative 2020 has unlocked the potential for equity access and regional campuses and organisations to collectively advance the quality services offered by the NSW education system.