CUBO Awards 2015 - shortlists revealed

CUBO is delighted to reveal the shortlists for the CUBO Awards 2015, taking place at the University of Liverpool on 9th July. The awards panel would like to thank everyone who put forward a submission. Once again the quality of entries made shortlisting a difficult task for the panel. Martin Chalker, Chair of the panel, said, “I am pleased to be chairing the awards panel, I have been involved in other annual awards but this is my first as chair. In the past four years the CUBO Awards has been a tremendous success, attracting a wide range of entries and new universities to a shortlist with great distinction. We eagerly anticipate this year’s shortlisted selection to show the depth and variety of areas within CUBO and universities as a whole. It was a privilege to read of the successes within the sector and I wish all those shortlisted good luck in the final selection from our members”.

Listed in alphabetical order the nominees are:

Best Marketing Campaign

University of Aberdeen – the CluedUp campaign aimed to develop a culture of safety and responsibility amongst students. With support from the community including the emergency services the campaign received over 5,000 web hits.

Venue Birmingham, University of Birmingham – a cost effective internal marketing campaign managed to bring £200,000 of University conference spend back in-house with a huge ROI of 100:1.

York Sport, University of York – their ‘12 days for £12’ pre-Christmas offer gave the sales team a great lead for their new year campaign, enabling them to recruit 245 new public members in January.


Best Catering Service – sponsored by TUCO

Kings College London – through re-branding, introducing sustainable products and rethinking outsourcing, Kings Food has significantly improved financials, operational efficiency and the whole student experience.

Lancaster University Food Operations and Retail team has come along way, from a poor performing service, to one driven by customer service and high standards, winning two Gold Food for Life Catering Marks.

Nottingham Trent University Catering Services has seen huge growth over the past five years with the re-development of campus buildings, retail food outlets and the opening of Nottingham Conference Centre.


Excellence in Student Sport Experience

University of Aberdeen – using Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games as a catalyst for their programme, free swimming lessons helped reinforce that sport is not just for elite users.

At the University of Bath over 8,000 (70%) students participate, volunteer and coach across 49 clubs, nine high performance programmes, recreational and inclusive projects.

Loughborough University – the introduction of a new Coach & Volunteer Academy alongside the breadth of structured sport means that anyone who wants to get involved in sport in any way now has the opportunity.

University of Worcester – earmarked by Sport England as an ‘Iconic Facility’ the University of Worcester Arena is a state-of-the-art sporting venue and the country’s first indoor venue designed specifically with wheelchair athletes in mind.


Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience

University of Chester – facing a growing number of student mental health issues, Chester launched a three-year ‘well-being’ initiative to improve general student well being as well as help those with complex issues.

Falmouth Exeter Plus leads the way in providing real life experience helping students to gain employment. From bar skills to DJ’ing, the Stannary Academy and Homegrown have given students a step up the ladder.

Royal Holloway – by introducing Starbucks and Pearl’s Bubble tea to a rejuvenated venue, the university has created a space for students who want to have fun in a cool environment, without alcohol.  


Best Student Housing

Kings College London’s new flagship residence is designed to encourage sustainable living, promote King’s commitment to the environment and offer an outstanding student living experience.

University of Liverpool – along with superfast wifi & broadband connections the new £62 million Crown place student complex is unique in being able to offer the highest levels of mobility support for students.

Newcastle University – Kensington & Park Terrace comprises three new build blocks based around a retained mid-Victorian terraced street, providing high quality and value for money accommodation close to the campus.

University of York  –  the first new college in over a decade, Constantine College gave students the chance to create their own community from scratch - even designing their own college shield.


Business Manager of the Year

Anna Fowler, Marketing and Events Manager, Conference Roehampton, University of Roehampton - with the arrival of Anna in 2013 there has been fresh ideas brought into the marketing strategy resulting in impressive financial results and an increased retention of business.

Paul Foster, General Manager Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield – Paul’s greatest strength is his ability to recruit a fantastic group of people with the right aptitude for hospitality and attitude for this unique operation.

Ben Stuart, Director, Residential and Business Services, University of St Andrews – aside from his astute financial acumen, Ben is keen to understand all areas of business, having been spotted moving fridge freezers, cleaning, and delivering lunches.

Helen Hall, Nursery Manager, University of Wolverhampton  – after her arrival Helen very quickly rolled up her sleeves and began changing the nursery, she is always looking for ways to improve the learning opportunities for children.


Business Partner of the Year

Santander Universities (nominated by Keele University) – with branch staff actively engaged in campus life and hundreds of students and staff benefiting from various Santander initiatives, this is a business tuned to university needs.

Russell Partnership – with their investment in research, innovation and multi sector experience, The Russell Partnership has achieved a reputation as the market leader working with universities in the UK.

Sussex Estates and Facilities Partnership – this innovative partnership is the first in the sector, aiming to improve the campus experience for all users and provide a shining example of EFM in HE.

Unitemps – developed by the University of Warwick, Unitemps is revolutionising the higher education approach to student work and institutional temporary employment.


Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is decided by a select panel and not open to nomination.


Full submissions for the shortlisted candidates will soon be available for members to view on the CUBO website. Members are invited to login and vote for a winner in each category. The results are a closely guarded secret to be revealed at the ceremony on Thursday 9th July.

Good luck to all nominees!