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 media partner University Business.

Who can enter

The awards are open to all higher education institutions. Membership of CUBO is not a prerequisite. Businesses working with HE institutions are invited to enter the Business Partner of the Year Award. 


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. (Commercial University of the Year is the exception and can be up to 1,000 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.
  • Don't include links with additional information.
  • Only one entry per HEI per category can be accepted.  
  • There is no limit to the number of categories a HEI can enter.
  • Read the category detail and Judging criteria above.

  • For guidance on format - view an example entry here


How to submit your entry:

If your file is less than 1MB, please send via dropbox or email to 

If your file is more than 1MB please send your entry via dropbox only. Send your word document (images included within the document) as a shared link to




For more information contact:

We aim to receipt all entries by email within 3 working days. If you have not heard by then please contact us.

All entrants will recieve notification whether they have, or have not, been shortlisted by the end of March.





2018 Award Categories

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS - click here for results!

  • Best Residence Life Initiative(*new award!) sponsored by Unite Students
  • Best Marketing Campaign - sponsored by Crosslane Student Developments/Prime Student Living
  • Excellence in Student Sport Experience sponsored by Sodexo
  • Commercial University of the Year sponsored by
  • Best Student Housing sponsored by IQ Student Accommodation
  • Innovation in Catering(*new title) sponsored by TUCO
  • Business Manager/Team of the Year(*new title) 
  • Innovation in Student Experience sponsored by Campuslife/Studentcom
  • Business Partner of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award



ACUHO-I New Professional Award



Judging is two fold.

Stage 1: The CUBO Awards panel meet in March to create a shortlist of candidates.

Stage 2: A panel of independent experts reviews the shortlisted entries and votes for the winners in each category, apart from Innovation in Student Experience.

The Innovation in Student Experience award is voted for by CUBO members.


The 2018 CUBO award winners were announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony, which took place on the evening of Wednesday 27 June during the three-day annual CUBO Summer conference.

2019: the CUBO Summer confernce and awards will take place: 3-5 July.



2019: The CUBO awards will be held at Swansea University.