CUBO Summer Conference ready to virtually convene

The virtual Summer Conference will take place from 23-24 June to look at topics including higher education commercial services, insights into the political environment, and changing student demographics

CUBO (College and University Business Officers) is set to hold a showpiece conference online for a second time.

The virtual Summer Conference at the end of the month follows a successful staging of the winter event, when nearly 230 CUBO delegates and business partners gathered online to explore key issues affecting commercial and campus operations.

Based around a theme of ‘Leadership comes first – essential lessons from unprecedented times’, the Summer Conference will feature expert perspectives on higher education commercial services, as well as insights into the political environment and changing student demographics.

“Covid-19 has changed the way we work, live and study, and the impact on universities is yet to be fully understood,” said CUBO conference chair, Phil Scott.

“Our 2021 Summer Conference provides a blend of knowledge, insights and leadership skills to support the planning and management of campus and commercial services in this new era.”


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Among the speakers lined up to take part at the two-day event are Nick Watt, political editor of the BBC’s Newsnight, who will be speaking on the political landscape for higher education; leadership speaker, David Meade; and UK Hospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, on what the hospitality sector will require to bounce back from the pandemic.

“Delegates will also enjoy a suite of leadership sessions to equip them for the challenges ahead,” added Scott.

“Solutions for those challenges can be found in the exhibition, while the meetings hub facilitates connections with colleagues across the UK and Ireland.”

The programme will also cover topics including re-energising catering, hybrid conferencing, campus sport, accommodation models, sustainable accommodation, teambuilding, staff mental health, Covid’s impact on Gen Alpha, leading through periods of ambiguity, effective stakeholder management, and identifying new commercial opportunities.

Open to both members and non-members, CUBO’s virtual Summer Conference will take place from 23-24 June. For further details and to register, please click here.

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