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2019 Summer conference
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Swansea University Bay Campus

Innovative Partnerships
A Strategic Imperative

Partnerships are the future was a resounding message from our last conference. This summer, we gather in Swansea to explore innovative partnerships as a strategic imperative in the current university landscape, with keynotes from the university and business worlds and best practice case studies from CUBO members.

The CUBO Summer Conference is the networking event of the year for leaders in campus and commercial services. Come and learn from experts, from national and international colleagues, build your year-round network and find new solutions, ideas and partners!



Keynote Speakers

Andrew Rhodes, Registrar, heads up operational and support services at Swansea University and was previously Director-General Operations at the Department for Work and Pensions. Andrew understands the business challenges of higher education and the importance of partnerships in the public sector better than most.

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

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. In a wide-ranging talk he will discuss the interaction between designers, artists, chefs and scientists in creating new multisensory experiences and how this can be applied beyond food.

Richard Noble OBE is Project Director of The Bloodhound Project. His talk on partnerships in the world of land speed records will not only entertain but tackle the challenge of raising investment for new projects.

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 present the results of the survey of members conducted from March-April.

Rachael Flanagan is one of Wales' leading business people. She started Mrs Bucket Cleaning Services when she was just 18 years old, developing it into a multi-million-pound business employing over 300 staff throughout Wales and the West.

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

Best Practice Workshops

By popular request, this year's breakout sessions include more best practice case studies including:

  • Using Partnerships to get Investment through Crowdfunding
  • The Les Mills Partnership with the University of Leeds
  • Swansea University - Partnering for Sport Success
  • Acuho-i: Partnerships in Student Housing

Plus case studies from the 2019 Best Business Partner CUBO Award shortlist – details by the end of March.


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, not forgetting partnerships! 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.


Social Night, Campus Tour, International Networking and more...

Swansea University are organising a fabulous, fun social night at the National Waterfront Museum where you can unwind and enjoy a summer's evening networking with HE business colleagues. There are two chances to take a tour of the impressive Bay Campus facilities, 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
General Enquiries:
07958 599 947