Contribution Guidelines

Contribution Guidelines

If you're interested in submitting an item for publication on ncub.co.uk, we'd love to hear from you. We particularly encourage submissions from our members and small businesses. 

All submissions are completely free and if accepted, your post will be publicised on our social media channels. The most popular posts each month are featured in the NCUB newsletter.

Take a look at our guidelines below and get in touch with one of our web team.

Blogs

As the National Centre, we provide those within business and higher education with a platform share their expertise and talk to each other through our blog. 

Previous contributors to the NCUB blog include Chief Executive of Sky Jeremy Darroch and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. Read Led by Leaders blogs from members of the NCUB Leadership Council

Why submit a blog?

The NCUB blog is consistently the most popular part of the website and the best way to reach our business, university and student audiences to promote your service, event or report. All submissions are completely free and if accepted, your post will be publicised on our social media channels. The most popular posts each month are featured in the NCUB newsletter.

Style Guidelines

Blogs must be written in the first person under the name of an individual author. Don't hesitate to share your personal views and reflections to start debate! Blogs with an organisation as the author will not be accepted – consider submitting a success story instead.

The word count for the NCUB blog is between 400-900 words. We are happy to help you in the editing process to develop a shorter draft of your initial thoughts into a full length blog. Alternatively, we can also use an 'interview style' question and answer format.

Topics

We are happy to consider any blogs that would be of interest to our academic and business audiences.

We are particularly interested in individual experiences of and reflections on experiences of university-business collaboration, the relationship between universities and small businesses, and posts related to graduate employability including placements.

Other topics on which we welcome submissions are the innovation process, the creative and digital economy, the impact of universities on the local economy, and university-business collaboration around the world.      

Still looking for inspiration? Browse the most popular blogs or get in touch and we can suggest titles for you.

Success Stories

Success Stories are case studies of university-business collaboration that showcase best practice amongst our members and partners.

NCUB aims to build a repository of case studies that will cover the full range of university-business partnerships, from knowledge transfer to work based courses and joint facilities, to act as inspiration for others to start their own.

To help achieve this aim and inspire others to work with academic and business partners we prefer:

  • Video Success Stories to bring the benefits of working together to life. If a video is not available, photos of the project in action to illustrate the story.

  • Direct quotes from academic, business and student participants in the project explaining the benefits for them.

  • An honest assessment of what the challenges were, and how they were overcome.

  • What was unique about your partnership and what others can learn from it.

Success Stories are usually taken from existing case study material or written by one of the participating organisations, with some written by NCUB. Success Stories are typically around 500 words. 

If you have a great example of university-business collaboration, whether it's been publicised before or not, then we'd love to share it on our site. Get in touch

Why submit a Success Story?

A NCUB Success Story is the best way to show the world that your organisation is active in university-business collaboration. The prestigious collection of best practice demonstrates the UK's world leading collaborations and acts a resource to inspire institutions in the UK and abroad to realise the potential of university-business partnerships and begin their own.

Priority is given at all times to submissions from NCUB members and small businesses. 

Events and Opportunities

If you're holding an event that may be relevant to our audience, writing a blog about the topic of the event is the best way to promote it to our audience. Alternatively, we may in some circumstances be able to add a listing to our members and partners events page.

Funding opportunities, calls for applications, surveys etc. can be included on our funders and partners opportunities page.

Newsletter

In some circumstances, we may be able to include a link to your event or opportunity in the NCUB newsletter. Partner items are around 30-50 words long.

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