CUBO Summer Conference 2017 - Kent

27-29 June 2017, University of Kent

The theme of the 2017 Summer Conference was "Punch above your weight: Tipping the scales".  Against a backdrop in higher education where teaching and research income is becoming steadily harder to grow, the conference explored how the commercial sector needs to demonstrate leadership and rise to the challenge.

Conference presentations are available in the members area of this website, under the file icon.

A copy of the programme can be viewed here.


CUBO Summer Conference 2016 - Sussex

15-17 June 2016, University of Sussex

The 2016 Summer Conference engaged us with topics covering, health and fitness, food sustainabiity, living better and expectations for the future.

Conference presentations are available in the members area of this website, under the file icon.

A copy of the programme can be viewed here.

CUBO Summer Conference 2015 – Liverpool

8-10 July 2015, University of Liverpool

The 2015 summer conference 'Change, Challenge, Opportunity' took place at the University of Liverpool. The conference theme explored how to harness the challenges we experience to create opportunities, action and impact within our services.

Links to the conference presentations can be found in the members file area (members will need to log-in first.)

Click here for a full copy of the programme including speaker biographies, sponsor and exhibitor listings.

Find out what delegates thought about the event in this short video produced by University Business.

CUBO Summer Conference 2014 – Royal Holloway

2-4 July 2014, Royal Holloway, University of London

The 2014 summer conference took place at Royal Holloway, University of London. The year’s event, ‘Aspiring to Excellence – Driving individual and business performance’ included presentations and coaching sessions about leadership, impact and how the complexities of our personal interactions can influence performance.

Speakers included Jeff Grout, Mark Allan, Professor Elena Antonacopoulou, Daryl Scott, Lynne Kennedy and Helen Kragg.

Click here for a full copy of the conference programme, including speaker biographies and exhibitor details.

CUBO Summer conference 2013 - Essex

3-5th July 2013, University of Essex

The 2013 summer conference took place in the leafy surroundings of Wivenhoe Park, Essex. With the theme Challenging Convention the event set out to challenge current conceptions and demonstrate how things might be done differently.

Speakers included the academic, journalist and controversial writer, Germaine Greer, Wayne Hemingway MBE, Professor David Fisk and Professor Peter A Jones amongst others.

Click here for a full copy of the conference programme, including speaker biographies and exhibitor details.

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CUBO Winter Conference 2017 - Wolverhampton


 22-23 November 2017, University of Wolverhampton

The CUBO winter conference 'Innovation is key to business success' took place at the University of Wolverhampton's Telford Innovation Campus. The conference began by examining the fundamental question of what is innovation? and explored how businesses can benefit from change in innovation and performance. The afternoon included a big brand debate, which looked at high street food and beverage retailers in comparison to university brands and whether they really are superior.

Innovate or die! was the subject of our lively hot topics session on Thursday which discussed the impact of changing student behaviour when it comes to engaging with international students. The final keynote speaker Robbie Bargh entertained us with a passionate and forwarding thinking glimpse into "inventing the next big thing."

See the full conference programme below.  

View the conference programme

Conference presentations are available in the members area of this website, under the file icon.

CUBO Winter Conference 2016 - Brunel

23-24 November 2016, Brunel University London

The CUBO winter conference 'The Path to Continuous Improvement' took place at Brunel University London. The conference began with a session on lean principles and how they can be successfully applied in the HE sector and was followed discussion of 'hot topic' items centred around student accommodation.

On Thursday morning CUBO members presented a real life case study on implementing continous improvement with a particular focus on investing in people, this was followed by an interactive "Question Time" session setting out the future strategy for CUBO. 

The afternoon focussed on the customer experience and looked and both the emotional and the business case for great customer experience and how leadership is vital for long term success. See the full conference programme below.

Conference Programme

Links to the conference presentations can be found in the members file area.

CUBO Winter Conference 2015 - Leicester

25-26 November 2015, University of Leicester

The CUBO winter conference, held at College Court, University of Leicester, took us back in time to look at Higher Education in the past. By looking at the past we learned some valuable lessons to help shape the future.

On Wednesday afternoon CUBO members talked us through their experience of before, during and after change, which was followed by a lively debate in our hot topics session. Thursday included some thought provoking lessons from the past from Sir Peter Scott and a look into the future from Campuslife. See the full conference programme below.

Conference programme

Links to the conference presentations can be found in the members file area including the very entertaining Campuslife videos.

CUBO Winter Conference 2014 - Sheffield

26-27 November 2014, University of Sheffield

The CUBO winter conference 'Develop Your Executive Thinking'  aimed to broaden the delegates approach to their roles.  The event begain with an extra afternoon session looking at student life in different countries, following this up with a discussion of 'hot topic' items at the top of everyone's agenda.

The main conference day included the introduction of the new, significantly expanded Executive team and a very lively discussion about outsourcing. Finally the day was rounded off with a look at residences as a means of attracting students to a University.

For the full programme click here, the programme complete with a link to all the presentations is available in the members' file area. (members will need to log in first)

CUBO Winter Conference 2013 - Wolverhampton

28 November 2013, University of Wolverhampton

The CUBO winter conference 'Driving business improvement through coaching' focused on coaching as its main theme.

The event used a real life case study to demonstrate the positive impact of coaching on an individual, team and whole organization. A highly participative and thought provoking event, delegates explored differences language and style and were introduced to a simple but effective coaching model.

Visit CUBO's blog page for a full round up of the event.

“As a participant at the event it was very enlightening, a truly different event, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have no doubt that attendee’s will have been persuaded that coaching can really make a difference to individuals and ultimately the bottom line.”  Alison Smith.

The event was lead by Lynne Kennedy Director of True2 Leadership.

For a copy of the full programme click here

2012 Summer Conference - Edinburgh

2012 Summer Conference held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre at the University of Edinburgh; from 20th to 22nd June 2012 (No presentations available, for further information contact

CUBO Winter Conference 2011

Friday 25th November 2011- Weetwood Hall, Leeds


The conference is particularly timely with the release of the report on the Efficiency and Effectiveness in HE by a Task Group chaired by Professor Ian Diamond and our programme focuses on optimising our own efficiencies, mentoring and the myriad of new developments which the CUBO Exec would like to share with you.

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