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CUBO and UHS form strategic partnership for learning and development

Posted by Hannah Oakman | September 15, 2016 | Catering & hospitality

CUBO, the College and University Business Officers, has formed a strategic partnership with UHS (University Hospitality Seminars), a provider of bespoke training courses for the university hospitality sector

The partnership will ensure that courses, seminars and conferences are designed to meet the needs of CUBO members, and at the same time they will be able to access preferential rates when making bookings. 

The partnership is one of a number of strategic developments being undertaken by CUBO. At their summer conference in June, CUBO members voted unanimously to accept the outcome of a recent strategic review. Over the next year CUBO will transition to a limited company and undergo an organisational restructure, alongside the development of the new working relationship with UHS. 

Emma Furnival, CUBO Chair, said: “I am delighted that UHS has agreed to partner with CUBO and take the lead in providing high-quality training and development for our members. The partnership is a natural fit for our organisations.”

UHS is a limited company belonging to academic institutions in the United Kingdom. It provides courses that are specific to the needs of the university hospitality sector, providing them at best value on a not-for-profit basis. It responds to demands for training and professional development courses arising from the sector. 

UHS’s seminars are for middle and senior managers responsible for student accommodation, catering and conferencing in the higher education sector. The seminars take place in universities throughout the country and are continually monitored and improved in response to delegate feedback.

David McKown, Director of UHS and CUBO Executive member, commented: “UHS have been reviewing its business strategy for some 18 months and we are very excited to be aligned to CUBO in this way.”

Joining with CUBO is a seamless development for UHS who mirror the same core business areas of residential, catering, retail and conferencing. Many CUBO members already benefit from attending UHS courses. In line with the UHS commitment to offer best value training, the partnership builds on this commitment by reducing costs further and making high-quality training more accessible for all CUBO member institutions. 

The pending organisational changes within CUBO are designed to place the association in the best possible position to support its members into the future. 

The partnership with UHS will help to support CUBO members with their continuing professional development through the provision of high-quality training courses.

UHS has an exciting programme of events for the autumn, a flavour of those coming up include:

COMMERCIAL BUSINESS IN HE – WORKING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

2 NOVEMBER 2016, PINSENT MASONS, LONDON

This is UHS’s fifth annual conference, which is aimed at higher education senior colleagues from across the UK. Keynote speakers include Trevor Humpreys, University of Surrey; Raj Verma, Sodexo; David Russell, The Russell Partnership; Tom White, Cablecom; and Mark Whittaker, Velresco.

AWARD-WINNING FUNCTION AND EVENT CATERING

1 NOVEMBER, THE SHERATON PARK LANE HOTEL, LONDON

This event gives an insight into the award-winning banqueting at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel. It focuses on the aspects of quality and cost control that are both key features of successful events.

ASPIRING EXECUTIVE CHEFS

15–16 NOVEMBER 2016, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

An innovative new training and learning support programme for ambitious University chefs. The programme will offer a small cohort of 16 delegates exclusive access to coaching and mentoring from a handful of renowned chefs in a closed-group environment, helping them to develop their own tailored personal development plan.

ASPIRING DIRECTORS

12–13 DECEMBER 2016, OXFORD SAÏD BUSINESS SCHOOL

Back by popular demand, this unique course aimed at highly motivated managers or recently appointed directors, combines learning, coaching and practical application to help you sharpen your performance, develop your leadership skills and give you the clarity and passion to design the next decisive phase of your career.

Find out more about the above training courses: www.universityhospitality.co.uk

Find out more about CUBO: www.cubo.org.uk

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