CUBO Award Winners 2018


CUBO is delighted to congratulate ten award winners announced at the 7th annual CUBO Awards; held on a gloriously warm summer evening at Manchester Metropolitan University. The CUBO awards celebrate the achievements of those working in higher education campus and commercial services. 

The University of Manchester enjoyed a particularly successful evening scooping awards in three of the ten categories, one of them, jointly with conference host Manchester Metropolitan University. All of the winners demonstrated CUBO values to the core: leading innovation, developing partnerships and connecting with students, staff and the local community.

The ten 2018 CUBO Award winners are:

Best Residence Life Initiative 2018 – sponsored by Unite Students

  • University of Leicester

Best Marketing Campaign 2018 – sponsored by Crosslane Student Developments/ Prime Student Living

  • University of Bath

Excellence in Student Sport Experience 2018 – sponsored by Student Living by Sodexo

  • University of Manchester

Commercial University of the Year 2018 – Sponsored by

  • University of Kent

Best Student Housing 2018 – sponsored by iQ Student Accommodation

  • University of Sheffield

Innovation in Catering 2018 – sponsored by TUCO

  • Oxford Brookes University

Innovation in Student Experience 2018 – sponsored by Glide Student/Campuslife

  • University of Manchester & Manchester Metropolitan University

Business Manager/Team of the Year 2018

  • Conference and Events Team, Solent Conference Centre

Business Partner of the Year 2018

  • NCA and University of Manchester

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

  • Mark Swales, Sheffield Hallam University

Helen McGlashan, Director of Residential Services, University of Manchester (Winners of Excellence in Student Sport Experience, Innovation in Student Experience, and Business Partner of the Year) said:

"To win three awards is a huge testament to the many people across the University of Manchester who work on these important areas. The University puts creating opportunities for students at the heart of what we do - whether that's through their day-to-day experience on campus or through the many other activities, such as sports and volunteering, that we offer. We extend this social responsibility to the partners, businesses and local communities we work with, so to be named business partner of the year for the work we do with the National Cycling Academy is also extremely pleasing."

Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services, University of Kent, commented:

"We are delighted to win CUBO 'Commercial University of the Year' 2018 award. The combination of the excellent offering and on-going investment across our Commercial Services portfolio - Kent Hospitality, Kent Sport, Gulbenkian and University of Kent Music – are key to our success.

This important accolade is first and foremost a great credit to our highly dedicated staff, who work so hard to provide all our students, staff and visitors with consistently high standards of service and experience – so I thank each and every one of them.”

Marc Goodman, Business Development Manager, Solent University, said:​
"We are extremely pleased to have won the Business Team of the Year Award for 2018. It is a direct result of all the hard work undertaken by the team at Solent and the focus on innovative event management, creating unique experiences and exceptional customer service.” 

CUBO wishes to thank the winners, nominees and all entrants who took the time to send in entries and share examples of their work. Gillian Almond, Director of Commercial Services at Royal Holloway and Chair of the CUBO Awards expressed her gratitude: “Once again, the awards are a showcase for the exceptional work and dedication of colleagues across the sector. All categories received a high number of outstanding entries with the bar being raised ever higher each year.  The award winners should be proud of their achievement in demonstrating their commitment to supporting outstanding service and the student experience. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be involved and I look forward to seeing how next year’s awards will raise the bar even higher”.

This year’s awards ceremony took place on 27 June at the Business School of Manchester Metropolitan University. Actor and presenter Ted Robbins played Master of Ceremonies for the event. The awards form part of CUBO’s annual three-day summer conference, this year taking place from 27-29 June, with the theme of Universities Challenged: building business agility in an uncertain world.