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CUBO takes partnership to a new level

CUBO Executive member Stewart Ross tells us why partnerships are important to the sector

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 18, 2016 | Finance, legal, HR

CUBO members are responsible for more than a billion pounds of revenue within HE and their services are critical to the operation of UK universities. With the ever-growing focus on financial sustainability of services and customer service excellence, we all recognise the critical importance of having the right partners involved in working with HEIs to deliver on campuses. 

For some time CUBO has wished to be more explicit about the important relationships it has built with key suppliers. We are keen to celebrate this relationship and ensure that the partnering we do on an everyday basis is recognised for the mutual benefit of the companies and the association. 

It was with this in mind that in 2015 the CUBO Executive agreed to establish a new Corporate Partners programme which aims to formalise the relationships with key suppliers and provide them, and CUBO and its members, with a platform to deepen their relationship. 

Following a great deal of interest in our initial scoping exercise, the partnership programme was launched in January 2016 with seven partners approved by the Executive. These partners’ applications were supported by glowing references from CUBO members reflecting long-term working relationships.

Regular readers of University Business will notice something familiar about the names in this list. We believe they represent a group of companies that have a long-standing commitment to the sector and are often quoted in this magazine as seeking to be innovative in the delivery and development of the campus experience in UK HEIs. 

We are delighted that they have joined us as formal partners and our members are looking forward to working with them this year to continue that innovation for the benefit of all our customers. 

There are two levels of partnership:Gold and Silver; CUBO is delighted to partner with the following in each category:

CUBO Gold Partners

Crystal Facilities Management offer support to universities across the UK. Crystal aspires to be at the forefront of customer-led solutions throughout the education, social housing and commercial sectors. 

The Russell Partnership is a consultancy specialising within business, education, conference arenas and hotel markets delivering creative solutions and commercially viable results from strategy creation to concept origination and implementation.

Unite Students
the UK’s largest student accommodation developer and manager, provides a home for more than 46,000 students in 138 purpose-built properties across 28 university towns and cities.

UPP is the leading provider of on-campus accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK. We have 30,000 rooms under management or in construction with 14 leading universities. 

CUBO Silver Partners

Campus Living Villages is a global owner, developer and operator of student accommodation, with over 45,000 beds across the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

ISS provides the environment to allow education professionals to focus on their core activity. In partnership we will make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Keycom specialise in the provision and support of managed ultra-fast broadband into multi-tenanted residential accommodation. Now, as part of UKB Networks, Keycom can rapidly deploy a range of unique and flexible wireless solutions.

For further information about CUBO and its corporate partnerships, please visit: or email 

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