CUBO Awards 2017, shortlists announced

CUBO (College and University Business Officers) revealed the shortlists for the 2017 awards

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

The CUBO awards showcase a range of services all dedicated to delivering an excellent student experience, from catering and housing to retail and sport, alongside many other areas of the campus experience. The awards have helped to raise the profile of both winners and entrants among key stakeholders, including Vice-Chancellors and university governing bodies.

Sharing innovation and best practice is a key element of the CUBO Awards and our judges were not disappointed with the breadth of new ideas and skills shown throughout the categories. Stewart Ross, Chair of the judging panel commented:

“The CUBO Awards are a gold standard for colleagues providing commercial and business services within higher education.  Every year competition is fierce to make the shortlist and the judging panel were genuinely delighted by the range of submissions and the impact the work colleagues are doing in their institutions is having.  These awards recognise work that reach right into the heart of student and staff experience on campus and beyond and the panel commends all those shortlisted for the excellent work they are doing.”

Listed in alphabetical order, the 2017 CUBO Awards nominees are:

Best Marketing Campaign

  • University of Leeds
  • Southampton Solent University
  • UCL

Excellence in Student Sport Experience

  • University of Nottingham
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • University of Sussex

Commercial University of the Year

  • Edinburgh First, University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • Queen’s University Belfast

Business Manager of the Year

  •  Louisa Critchlow, University of Sheffield
  • Summayyah Hussain, Coventry University
  • Calumn Maclachlan, University of Aberdeen

Best Student Housing

  •  Bath Spa University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of London

Best Catering Service

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of York

Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience

  • University of Aberdeen
  • De Montfort University
  • Manchester Student Homes – University of Manchester and MMU
  • University of the West of Scotland

Business Partner of the Year

  • BROOKESBus, Oxford Brookes University
  • Southampton Solent and Broadstock
  • Unitemps

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Decided by the Chair of CUBO

Following publication of the above shortlists, the winners are chosen directly by the CUBO membership who are able to vote through our online voting portal. The outcome of the vote will be announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday 28 June at the University of Kent.

The award ceremony is a central part of CUBO’s annual gathering at the Summer Conference. For the first time ever, in 2017 non-members are invited to join the conference for as taster of what CUBO memberships brings. The event runs from 27-29 June at the University of Kent. If you are a non-member who would like to find out more about the conference visit

The CUBO awards are also open to non-members, welcoming entries from all UK institutions aiming to showcase the best ideas from across the sector. The Awards ceremony promises to be an enjoyable evening and highlight of the conference.

For more information about the CUBO awards, please visit

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