Written by Rosie Neill

Product Marketing Manager

Start your engines; the fourth annual Blackbullion UniBattle competition will get underway next week. Is your university ready?!

What is UniBattle?

Our partner universities across the globe will go head-to-head in the cross-university battle for the title of ‘Money Smartest University 2020’. 

From when the UniBattle leaderboard goes live on the 9th November, until the 20th November, the game is on! The winner will be the university with the most students that register for our financial wellbeing platform and complete some of our financial learning during the period.

Plus, every student who takes part in UniBattle will automatically be entered into a daily (weekdays only) lucky dip draw to win great prizes including: Apple AirPods, Chromebook, Fitbit 3 and much more!

Why take part?

This year’s battle takes place in the midst of a deepening financial crisis against the backdrop of the global pandemic. As such, while the purpose of the fortnight is to have fun, win prizes and raise the coveted trophy, the subject has arguably never been more important.

In articles that reflect on ‘what I wish I’d known earlier’, money so often features in the top spot. Budgeting, understanding debt, and laying foundations around investments and mortgages are the kinds of skills we all want to get a tighter grip on. But there never seems to be enough time, internet results can often be confusing, and there’s usually something more exciting to focus on.

The UniBattle fortnight is designed to create that focus for students. The added bonus is the awesome and valuable prizes to be won, and the pride of raising that gleaming trophy!

This year’s battle also takes place at the same time as Talk Money Week – the Money and Pensions Service’s annual campaign to get the nation talking about money. So there’s no excuse to forget or not get involved.

What you’ll need to take part

Resources for Blackbullion partner universities

Here’s everything you’ll need if you’re a participating university. 

Social media

Don’t forget to keep an eye on social media! There will be money hashtags galore as we work to get the nation’s young people to get money smart. Join in with the buzz by using the hashtag #UniBattle

We’ll be very active on social media over the fortnight, with lots of posts about UniBattle for you to share with your students. Of course, you could also get your student ambassadors involved and excited.

So get your plans drawn up, your social media ready and gather the troops! Last year’s winners were the University of Reading and Matt Daley, Head of Student Financial Support and Customer Service has already thrown down the gauntlet:

It’s really exciting seeing all these new partners joining Blackbullion, it’s going to be great for UniBattle. I’m just looking around to see who’s going to finish second.

Matt Daley Head of Student Financial Support and Customer Service
University of Reading

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