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2019 Summer conference
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Swansea University Bay Campus

Innovative Partnerships
A Strategic Imperative



Network and learn with other leaders in university commercial services.

Partnerships are the future was the message from our last conference, so it's fitting that this summer's theme is innovative partnerships as a strategic imperative in the current university landscape. Our programme covers optimising partnerships within our universities as well as with external partners.  CUBO and Swansea University have put together a fantastic programme of networking, keynotes and best practice workshops and a diverse exhibition, all building up to the 2019 CUBO Awards - a celebration of excellence in commercial and campus services.

Explore these pages for a taste of what's on offer in Swansea - we look forward to seeing you there!




Keynotes: partnerships, innovation, the campus experience and entrepreneurial success

Andrew Rhodes is the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer of Swansea University and was previously Director-General Operations at the DWP. Andrew will open with a keynote on leveraging partnerships in higher education.

Sahar Hashemi OBE co-founder of Coffee Republic, is an internationally recognised thought leader on innovation and entrepreneurship - essential ingredients in successful business partnerships. More.

Professor Charles Spence is Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and consults extensively on consumer neuroscience and sensory marketing to various global brands. He will discuss the interaction between designers, artists, chefs and scientists in creating new multi-sensory experiences and how this can be applied beyond food. More.

Richard Noble OBE is CEO of Richard Noble Consulting Ltd and Project Director of The Bloodhound Project. His experience of partnerships in the world of high-risk engineering projects and land speed records will not only entertain but tackle raising investment for new projects. More.

Sarah Jones is the research consultant and self-confessed geek who has been steering CUBO's research into the impact of campus services on the student experience. She will unveil the results of the 2019 survey. More.

Rachael Flanagan is one of Wales' leading business people. She started Mrs Bucket Cleaning Services at just 18 and developed it into a multi-million-pound business employing over 300 staff throughout Wales and the West. More.

Samantha Murray is the London 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist and 2014 World Champion in the Modern Pentathlon. She studied Politics at the University of Bath and knows about winning partnerships - when national governing bodies, coaches, mentors, teachers, and universities work together to support personal and team success and achieve excellence. More.

Workshops: sport, transport, crowdfunding, on-campus partnerships and sustainability

There's a choice of eight smaller workshops illustrating different partnerships including case studies from CUBO Business Partner Award nominees, from hosts Swansea University and from the USA:
  • Using Partnerships to get Investment through Crowdfunding
  • Les Mills and the University of Leeds - Virtual Gym
  • Swansea University and First Cymru - 24-hour Unibus Service
  • Amber Energy - Partnering with universities to reward students for saving energy/water
  • Swansea University - Partnering for Sport Success
  • Acuho-i: Achieving Powerful Partnerships on Campus
  • To be confirmed
  • To be confirmed



This year there's an extra hour of exhibition time to spend with current and potential business partners. We're delighted to welcome both new and long-standing partners in 2019, offering a variety of products and services. Check them out here.


2019 CUBO Awards

Once again, the CUBO Awards will showcase excellent campus experiences across services ranging from catering and housing to retail and sport and of course, partnerships. The shortlist is published and the 2019 winners will be revealed at a glittering gala in the fabulous Great Hall of the Bay Campus. We are thrilled to have Jonathan Davies OBE as our guest speaker for this exciting evening. Read more about Jonathan and our other speakers.


Campus Tour

Swansea University’s Head of Estates Projects, Fiona Nixon, will lead a tour of the Bay Campus, which opened in 2015 and has seen new buildings open in every year since then.

Highlights will include the Active Classroom which generates more energy than it uses; the recently opened £32.5m Computation Foundry building and the new International College Wales Swansea building (“the College”), which creates a smart and relaxed welcome for students on international pathway programmes. Tour participants will hear directly from the team who managed the design and build of the campus.


Social Night and other Networking

Swansea University are organising a fabulous, fun social night at the National Waterfront Museum where you can enjoy a summer's evening networking with HE business colleagues. There are two chances to join our group tour of the impressive Bay Campus, and the opportunity to meet international delegates from our annual study tour and our partner associations Acuho-i and Class of 2020.

A shuttle service from the station, on-site accommodation, a late-night bar, catering and entertainment from the Swansea University team complete an exciting programme, after which you may just want to stay on and explore this beautiful part of Britain!

"We all felt the content met our expectations of being challenging, thought-provoking and useful - focusing on supporting leaders in commercial and campus services in meeting the challenge of being agile and responsive in uncertain times. There were lots of opportunities to network and informally share ideas which is really important."

Stewart Ross, CUBO Chair.
College & University Business Officers
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