CUBO Awards 2014 shortlists announced

CUBO is delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for the 3rd annual CUBO Awards, taking place on 3 July

After a whole day of enthusiastic debate, the CUBO Awards judging panel finally managed to whittle down the large number of entries to a shortlist of three or four candidates in each category. It seems the extra time for two categories spurred on a number of you to make a submission. The judges were impressed by the range of entries and the inspirational work taking place in our sector today. It is far too often that institutions hide their good work under a bushel rather than celebrate successes.

The panel would like to thank everyone who put forward a submission – it was a truly difficult task to eliminate entries. CUBO would also like to thank the award sponsors: Uliving, TUCO and UPP who have each sponsored an individual award.

The nominations have now gone forward to the voting round for all CUBO members to vote. Winners will be revealed at the ceremony on 3rd July. Listed in alphabetical order the nominees are:

 Commercial University of the Year – Sponsored by Uliving 

✥ University of Essex has succeed in creating a wholly-owned subsidiary company to house their commercial activities, anchored by a dynamic approach to employee relations designed to drive efficiencies.

✥ University of Leicester’s Residential and Commercial Services (RACS) has made a significant financial contribution to the University while delivering an outstanding student experience across each of its services.

✥ University of Sheffield provides cutting-edge and commercially competitive catering and hospitality through UNICUS, generating revenue growth to support core University activities.

Excellence in Student Sport Experience

Clearly sport is an area in which great things are being achieved – the judges were overwhelmed with the volume of entries for this new category. Shortlisting proved difficult with so many good entries but the four to make the cut are:

✥ Durham University’s sport programme, based around performance, participation and outreach, engages the majority of its student population on a weekly basis.

✥ Imperial College London – in a drive to break down barriers to participation, Imperial is unique in offering free use of the gym and swimming facilities to its students.

✥ Loughborough University – with a reputation for producing world-class athletes, Loughborough has a new programme to provide greater opportunities for students of all sporting abilities.

✥ University of Manchester runs the ‘Hall Sport’ programme. Funded by Sport England the programme provides students living in Halls with free sports and activities on their doorstep.

Business Manager of the Year

 âœ¥ Charles Gallagher, Head of Commercial Business and Student Support, Imperial College London – highly respected and well liked by his team, Charles has turned a weak and under-resourced service into a flourishing opportunity.

✥ Christine Kelly, Head of Revenues & Occupancy, The University of Edinburgh, adopting the concept of ‘standing still not being an option,’ Christine has encouraged programmes of continuous review and the development of new processes.

✥ Amanda Shipley, Catering & Retail Operations Manager, University of Wolverhampton – Amanda has led her department in improving commercial results, the student experience and the development of areas used by commercial guests.

Best Student Housing

✥ Lancaster University – Lancaster may be a relatively small University but they are one that thinks big when it comes to student accommodation. Always developing their estate, it is no wonder that students rate their provision so highly.

✥ University of Leeds – after focus group consultations with students, Leeds has created a new accommodation for post-graduates that entirely fulfils their needs.

✥ Leeds Metropolitan University – Carnegie Village adopts a groundbreaking design to reduce the carbon footprint of the University’s student accommodation, a landmark achievement within the sector.

Best Catering Service – sponsored by TUCO

✥ University of Leeds – recently re-branded as Great Food at Leeds, the catering service has been a sector trailblazer launching a number of innovative campaigns to help drive customer satisfaction.

✥ Loughborough University – with one of the largest percentages of catered halls, Loughborough believes that dining together is the key to cultivating a successful culture, central to the student experience.

✥ Manchester Metropolitan University – a five-year turnaround plan and campus consolidation provided an opportunity to transform catering facilities into modern spaces designed to support social learning.

✥ University of Reading – with 23 venues ranging from bars to coffee shops to fine dining, Reading has student experience, customer satisfaction and ethical trading at the heart of its operations.

Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience – Sponsored by UPP

✥ Edinburgh Napier University – with growing concern about unhealthy lifestyles, the Healthy Lives module in collaboration with ENGAGE helps student nurses to develop the skills to promote good health.

✥ Harper Adams – from field to fork; the University envisages a food plan whereby the majority of produce is farmed and prepared self-sufficiently, on campus.

✥ University of Worcester – Learning Through Sport (LTS) initiatives have seen thousands of able-bodied and disabled student athletes maximising their academic and sport performance potential.

Business Partner of the Year

✥ Circuit Managed Laundries aim to change a chore into fun, making launderettes a pleasant place to make friends, to relax with a book or catch up on assignments.

✥ Endsleigh Insurance provides Block Student Possessions policy to over 120 universities and colleges and ensure the possessions of over 350,000 students, providing market-leading protection.

✥ The Russell Partnership has worked with 26 UK Universities in the last year providing strategic consultancy to catering, conferencing and accommodation specialists across Commercial and Estates Directorates.

✥UNITE launched their Wellbeing programme in 2013, designed to be in tune with student life, to be supportive, inclusive and respectful in meeting the pastoral needs of students.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Decided by a select panel and not open to nomination. The winner will be announced on the night.

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