CUBO Awards 2017 winners announced

The College and University Business Officers (CUBO) congratulate nine winners announced at an awards ceremony at the University of Kent

The CUBO awards recognise the achievements of those working in higher education commercial services and has been an annual event since 2012.

The winners are:

Best Marketing Campaign sponsored by Sodexo

  • University of Leeds

Excellence in Student Sport Experience – sponsored by CUBO

  • University of Nottingham

Commercial University of the Year – sponsored by SALTO Systems

  •  University of Leeds

Business Manager of the Year – sponsored by CUBO

  • Calum Maclachlan, University of Aberdeen

Best Student Housing – sponsored by iQ Student Accommodation

  • University of Hertfordshire

Best Catering Service – sponsored by TUCO

  • University of York

Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience – sponsored by David Phillips Student

  • University of the West of Scotland

Business Partner of the Year – sponsored by NSP Security

  • Brookesbus, Oxford Brookes University

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Julie Barker, University of Brighton

The awards are truly democratic, following a shortlisting process by the awards judging panel, winners are chosen directly by the CUBO membership.

Business Manager of the Year winner, Calum Maclachlan, University of Aberdeen, said: “To be judged so positively by my colleagues and peers and winning this award, is truly humbling and is perhaps one of the proudest achievements of my career so far. Winning it is also a reflection of the benefits, knowledge and best practice experiences I’ve enjoyed learning & hearing about during my time as a CUBO member.

ABOVE: Calum Maclachlan from the University of Aberdeen, pictured here with CUBO Chair Emma Furnival, took home the Business Manager of the Year award. 

‘To my colleagues who voted for me, my sincere thanks are extended and of course my success is only possible because of the great work undertaken by my colleagues in Aberdeen who, at every turn, make me look as if I know what I’m doing. My grateful thanks are offered to them too.’ 

The standard is high this year and it is enlightening to read what is happening in our sector

Winners of both Commercial University of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign, the University of Leeds said: “On behalf of all of our colleagues at the University we are really delighted to win these two prestigious awards. Over the past few years we’ve focused on embedding innovation and a marketing-led approach right through the heart of the organisation. This has been underpinned by our commitment to create a culture where staff feel engaged and empowered to deliver a first class customer experience.”

Best Student Housing winner, the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The University of Hertfordshire is very pleased and honoured to have been awarded Best Student Housing at the CUBO Awards. I would like to thank all of the CUBO members that voted for us as well as the teams and partners at the University of Hertfordshire that have worked so hard on providing an outstanding student residential scheme that contributes to transforming student lives.”

ABOVE: The Best Student Housing award went to the University of Hertfordshire

CUBO wishes to thank the winners, nominees and all entrants who took the time to write entries and share examples of the work they are doing. It provides a wonderful snapshot of new initiatives taking place across HE. Emma Furnival, CUBO Chair, commented: “The standard is high this year and it is enlightening to read what is happening in our sector.”

This year’s awards ceremony took place at the University of Kent as part of CUBO’s annual summer conference.

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