Looking ahead to the Cubo Awards 2018

The CUBO awards showcase a range of services dedicated to delivering an excellent student experience, from catering and housing to marketing and sport

Now in its seventh year, the CUBO Awards has undergone a revamp. CUBO has reviewed and updated its award categories to reflect shifts in the trends and popular initiatives at UK universities.

With a growing number of entries in some categories, for 2018, CUBO has added a new award and amended some of the criteria in other categories. This is designed to better reflect popular subject matter and expressions of interest from different areas of commercial business in higher education.

Key highlights

 – A new award: ‘Best Residence Life Initiative’ to reflect the growing number of initiatives in this area.

 – Business Manager of the Year is now Business Manager or Team of the Year. This category has broadened to allow managers to enter their whole team.

 – The Best Catering Service award has changed to ‘Innovation in Catering’ to include the wider range of food-related initiatives.

 – A new independent judging panel will vote for the winners, following shortlisting by the CUBO awards panel.

We are delighted as ever to open the awards entry period for 2018 and look forward to receiving your submissions. We hope that the above changes will encourage more of you to show off the work being done at your institution. What better way to recognise and reward your team. 

Chair of the Awards Panel Gillian Almond said: “The changes this year bring an increased focus on innovation excellence, giving an amazing opportunity to recognise those teams who are bringing forward ideas that are transforming the student experience.”

The CUBO Awards are open to all higher education institutions. Membership of CUBO is not a prerequisite, CUBO actively encourages entries from all UK Universities. Businesses working with HE institutions are also invited to enter the Business Partner of the Year Award. The awards have helped to raise the profile of both winners and entrants among key stakeholders, including Vice-Chancellors and university governing bodies.

The CUBO Awards ceremony will take place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Wednesday 27th June 2018.  The Awards ceremony and gala dinner take place as part of the three-day annual CUBO Summer Conference.

Entrants should read the full CUBO Awards entry criteria for each category and also read ‘How to enter’ at www.cubo.org.uk. The closing date for entries is Thursday 1st March 2018.

The 2018 Categories 

Best Marketing Campaign 

A campaign that shows delivery against objectives. This award covers all areas of marketing, from branding projects to digital marketing, market research, CRM, communications and information campaigns. Submissions should outline a recently successful marketing campaign from within the commercial/campus services area of your institution. 

Excellence in Student Sport Experience 

A sports experience that draws students in to meet their needs in a fast-moving environment. This may include: increasing participation in sport, providing the best environment for sport, promoting health and wellbeing through sport, improving performance levels, or a range of other factors that have made a real difference to the sporting experience on offer for students.

Commercial University of the Year 

A university that shows they have significantly improved their commercial performance within the campus/commercial services function. The judges are looking for a large or small institution which has out-performed their targets and made a substantially improved contribution to their institution both commercially and to the student experience. 

Best Student Housing 

A student housing complex that shows the innovations and high standards to enable students to achieve their best in a home from home environment. Entries to this award must be led by a UK university, but applications produced in conjunction with development partners are welcome. 

Innovation in Catering *new criteria

A ‘foodie’ initiative that stands out from the rest by offering an innovative new food/dining concept. This may relate to the type of food, service, delivery, outlet, purchase method or facilities that offers something new for customers. 

Business Manager/Team of the Year *new criteria

In a change to this category, both individuals or teams can enter for this award. The judges are looking for an individual or team who has performed over and above expectation in their work to enhance the student experience, or in their work to develop a commercial business opportunity at their institution. 

Innovation in Student Experience 

This category welcomes entries from all areas of CUBO business at UK Universities. The judges are looking for an innovative product/service/campaign that has significantly enhanced the student experience in the university environment.

Business Partner of the Year  

The judges are looking for a business partner who shows they have fully integrated into the universities they work with, with marked outputs in the delivery of high-quality services to enhance the student experience.

Best Residence Life Initiative *new award

New for 2018, this category recognises the growth of Residence Life and activities designed to support students living away from home at UK universities. The judges are looking for a special initiative which facilitates opportunities, events or activities that help to provide the best residential experience possible for students.

Lifetime Achievement Award 

This award is not open to nomination but is selected by the Chair of CUBO. The winner will be a CUBO member or recent alumni, who has made a continual and exceptional contribution to the HE sector. They will be someone who has devoted significant time and energy to the CUBO membership and their interests. 

ACUHO-I New Professional Award 

This niche award is a development opportunity for those working in student housing with less than five years’ experience. Winners of this award will be funded by ACUHO-I and CUBO to attend the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition 2018. To be eligible entrants must have less than five years’ experience working in student housing and must be from an ACUHO-I and CUBO member institution. 

Please visit www.cubo.org.uk for the full CUBO Awards criteria and guidance on how to submit your entry.

New Residence Life Awards

Supporting the CUBO strategic theme of rewarding innovation and championing best practice, CUBO is delighted to announce the CUBO RA Awards 2018.

Residence Assistants (RAs) carry out essential work in developing a living and learning community. In some institutions they may be known by other job titles, but essentially they are students who are working or volunteering within student accommodation. The CUBO Residence Assistants (RA) Awards is designed to recognise and reward their efforts.

Nine awards will be presented at the CUBO & ACUHO-I Residence Life Masterclass event on 8–9 May 2018.

The categories are:

RA Awards for Universities

 – Six awards to be won

RA Award for Private Partners

 – Two awards to be won

CUBO Residence Life Professional
of Year

 – One award

A complementary place at the Masterclass will be awarded to each winner inclusive of accommodation, meals and travel expenses.

Entries must be made by completing the online form, to be submitted by end of February 2018. Full details available at www.cubo.org.uk.


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