CUBO Awards 

Launched in 2012, the CUBO Awards are a yearly event to recognise the achievements of those working within the higher education industry. 

"The CUBO Awards have helped to raise the profile of both winners and entrants among key stakeholders, including Vice-Chancellors and university governing bodies. As the event grows and expands it will contribute to the growth of CUBO as it seeks to extend its networking and knowledge exchange across all UK Higher Education Institutions."

Peter Church, pioneer of the CUBO Awards.

The CUBO Awards are run in association with University Business.

Who can enter

The awards are open to all higher education institutions and to businesses associated with CUBO's areas of activity. Membership of CUBO is not a prerequisite.

How to enter

Entrants are invited to make a written submission of 600 words (maximum) in length.

  • This should take the form of a 100 word summary, followed by a 500 word detailed submission (maximum of 600 words in total.)
  • Up to three images can be included. These should be low resolution and included within your submission document.
  • Submissions should be sent as a word document.
  • Only one entry per HEI per category can be accepted.  
  • There is no limit to the number of categories a HEI can enter.

For more information contact



2016 Award categories

  • Best Marketing Campaign - sponsored by Interserve
  • Excellence in Student Sport Experience - sponsored by ASK4
  • Commercial University of the Year - sponsored by SALTO 
  • Best Student Housing - sponsored by student-furniture
  • Best Catering Service - sponsored by TUCO
  • Business Manager of the Year - sponsored by Gleeds
  • Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience - sponsored by The Russell Partnership
  • Business Partner of the Year - sponsored by NSP Security 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (decided by a select panel and not open to nomination)

Read the full entry criteria



Judging is two fold. The CUBO Awards panel meet in March to shortlist candidates to go forward to the voting stage. During April CUBO members have the opportunity to vote for the winners online.

The outcome of the vote is strictly confidential, only known to two CUBO executive members until the night of the award ceremony.


The 2016 CUBO awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 16 June, on the second evening of the CUBO summer conference.



The award ceremony will be held at the University of Sussex.

For any awards queries please contact: