Shortlists announced for the CUBO Awards 2018

Despite much of the UK being battered by snow storms on the day of the deadline, the commercial HE sector proved determined to submit their work and we were thrilled to receive a record number of entries this year.

“The response to our new categories and revised criteria has been even better than hoped. It is wonderful to see such compelling body of work across each category and the impact the work is having at institutions across the UK. My congratulations to those who have made the shortlists amid fierce competition. I would also like to genuinely thank all of those who made a submission, we are grateful for the time and effort spent preparing entries, even when the weather tried to prevent it!

Gillian Almond, Chair of the Awards Panel.

CUBO is delighted to announce the shortlists for the CUBO Awards 2018. Listed in alphabetic order, the nominees are:


Best Residence Life Initiative sponsored by Unite Students

Bangor University

London School of Economics

University of Leicester

University of Manchester


Best Marketing Campaign

University of Bath

Solent Conference Centre

Swansea University


Excellence in Student Sport Experience sponsored by Sodexo

University of Birmingham

University of Huddersfield

University of Manchester


Commercial University of the Year sponsored by

University of Edinburgh

University of Kent

University of York


Best Student Housing sponsored by IQ Student Accommodation

University of Bath

University of Edinburgh

University of Sheffield


Innovation in Catering sponsored by TUCO

Oxford Brookes University

University of Leicester

University of Manchester

University of Sheffield


Business Manager/Team of the Year

University of Leeds

College Court, University of Leicester

Solent Conference Centre


Innovation in Student Experience sponsored by Campuslife/Studentcom

Brunel University London

University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University

Royal Holloway, University of London


Business Partner of the Year

NCA and University of Manchester


Unitemps and Canterbury Christ Church University


Lifetime Achievement Award

There are no nominees for this award, which is decided directly by the Chair of CUBO.


Congratulations to all nominees and CUBO wishes to thank everyone who took the time to enter a submission.

Following publication of the above shortlists, the winners will be chosen by a vote. For eight out of the nine categories, this will be decided by expert panels made up of partners in the sector. The Innovation in Student Experience award will be chosen by CUBO members. The winners will be revealed at the gala dinner and CUBO Awards ceremony on Wednesday 27 June at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The award ceremony is a central part of CUBO’s annual gathering at their Summer Conference. Booking is now open for the conference, find out and more and book your place here.

The CUBO awards would like to thank our media partner University Business.