Finalists announced for CUBO Awards 2020

The CUBO Awards 2020 shortlist has been announced ahead of new virtual awards ceremony in December

Outstanding achievement in campus and commercial services has been celebrated in the shortlist for the CUBO (College and University Business Officers) Awards 2020.

A total of 20 universities have been shortlisted across nine categories.

The CUBO Awards were postponed from earlier in the year due to Covid-19. Judging took place remotely and winners will now be announced at a virtual awards event in December, as part of the CUBO Winter Festival.

The CUBO Awards 2020 finalists are:

Best Residence Life Initiative (sponsored by Unite Students)

Ace/University of Edinburgh 

FutureLets, Coventry University


Best Marketing Campaign 

Manchester Metropolitan University

University of the Arts, London

University of Nottingham

Excellence in Student Sport  

Nottingham Trent University

University of Manchester

University of Nottingham

Campus Experience of the Year

Lancaster University

Royal Holloway, University of London

The University of Birmingham

Best Student Housing

Bristol Students’ Union and partners

FutureLets, Coventry University


Innovation in Catering

Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Reading

University of Stirling Venues

Business Team of the Year

Loughborough University

Queen’s Belfast University


Innovation in Student Experience sponsored by UPP

Manchester Metropolitan University

Northumbria University 

University of the Arts, London

Business Partner of the Year

International Students House/University of London

London South Bank University/Keystone Talent Bank

University of Sheffield/Cafeology

The quality of entries was high – a lot of excellent work is happening in campus services across the UK and IrelandJo Hardman, CUBO chair

“In what has been a been such a difficult year, we feel is it vitally important to recognise and reward excellence within our sector. Never have campus services teams worked so hard. Our virtual awards ceremony will be chance to join together to celebrate not only the finalists and winners, but also the determination and resilience of everyone across the sector.” said Kirsty Woodward, CUBO Awards chair and director of campus services, University of Leicester.

CUBO chair Jo Hardman (University of Lancaster) said:

“Many congratulations to those shortlisted and our thanks to all of those who submitted an entry during a period of great uncertainty when the impact of Covid-19 was just beginning to be felt. 

“The quality of entries was high – a lot of excellent work is happening in campus services across the UK and Ireland. 

“Thanks also to our Awards sponsors and platinum partners, Unite Students and UPP, for their valued support, and our media partner University Business, who support the awards with press and social media coverage.”

The Virtual CUBO Awards will take place on Thursday 3 December as part of the CUBO Winter Festival, 30 November – 4 December 2020.

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