Client: The National Centre for Universities and Business
Services: Journalism; editing

Slack Communications’ editors provided support to a busy team

The Houses of Parliament. Javier Díaz Barrera via Flickr/Creative Commons.
Executive summary

Slack Communications stepped in to provide helpful support to the busy and ambitious National Centre for Universities and Business team, editing key publications focused on the relationship between the private sector and universities and academia.

Challenges and objectives

The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) develops, supports and promotes world-class collaboration between universities and business across the UK. Its aim is to find practical ways of harnessing the talent being developed in universities and the UK’s strength in groundbreaking research.

It achieves this by bringing together key individuals from business and universities for meetings, events and as contributors to key publications.

The NCUB is ambitious and growing. Occasionally, it finds its teams are so busy with other projects that they do not have capacity to edit all the reports the organisation wants to publish. In these instances, it looks to journalists and editors for help.

How we helped

Slack Communications has edited a number of publications for the NCUB. The biggest of these was its State of the Relationship report, a 94-page document looking at the relationship between businesses and universities, containing 56 different articles and case studies from across the private sector and academia.

We have also edited a number of smaller reports focused on topics such as placements for computer science students and the value of science and research to the taxpayer.

The results

Stepping in often at short notice helps relieve the pressure on the NCUB teams and enable it to publish high quality information that accurately represents the caliber of its projects.


“Slack Communications were incredibly diligent and flexible in their approach to working with us. Working with us to meet tight deadlines and providing support to our in-house team, their support was welcome in helping us achieve a high quality publication.”

Aaron Porter, director of external affairs, NCUB