University of York’s Dean Spears joins CUBO board

Incoming board member will help to ensure “the sector provides safe, compliant and value for money accommodation for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy”

College and University Business Officers (CUBO) has announced the appointment of Dean Spears, currently director of facilities (campus and commercial services, sport and science park) at the University of York, as a new board member.

Spears will take responsibility for the organisation’s housing codes and standards portfolio.

He will also represent CUBO as a member of the Universities UK (UUK) accommodation code governance board, as well as the Accreditation Network UK (ANUK) code committee of management and the British Property Federation (BPF) student housing committee.

CUBO administers the Universities UK/GuildHE code of practice for university managed student accommodation, one of three codes of practice for the higher education sector that were approved by Parliament in 2006.

“I have joined the CUBO governing board of directors to support, champion and support our thousands of colleagues working in the commercial and campus services sectors in higher and further education in the UK and Ireland,” Spears said.

“Having designed several thousand student accommodation bed-spaces in different universities in the sector with partners, during my time with CUBO, I will continue to develop the UUK Accommodation code with partners to ensure that the sector provides safe, compliant and value for money accommodation for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy.

“I am keen to work with our members to consider how we can continue to put equalities, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) front and centre of what we do.”

Commenting on the appointment, CUBO Chair, Jo Hardman, head of commercial services at Lancaster University, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Dean to the board. His vast experience in student accommodation and other campus services, and membership of the UUK Accommodation code governance board, will be vital in achieving a sustained improvement in the management of all forms of student housing.”

Dean Spears is to leave the University of York in late September to take up a new role as operations bursar at Brighton College.

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