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2019 Awards

CUBO Awards 2019

in association with University Business


It's time once again to celebrate the achievements of those working in campus and commercial services in higher education. Entry for the 2019 CUBO Awards has now closed and the winners will be revealed at the CUBO Summer Conference in July!


The CUBO Awards showcase the full range of services dedicated to delivering an excellent student experience: from catering and housing to retail and sport. We celebrate not just teams and individuals, but also partnerships, theme of the 2019 CUBO Summer Conference, where our 2019 winners will be revealed on Awards Night in Swansea University's Great Hall.


If you're new to the CUBO Awards and would like to take a peek at last year’s entries, some of the shortlisted submissions from 2018 are available as case studies on this website.


Who can enter

The Awards are open to all higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland. Membership of CUBO is not a prerequisite. Businesses working with higher education institutions are invited to enter the Business Partner of the Year award. Apart from Business Partner of the Year, entries to all other categories must come from CUBO areas of higher education institutions.


2019 Award Categories

  • Best Residence Life Initiative
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Excellence in Student Sport Experience
  • Commercial University of the Year
  • Best Student Housing
  • Innovation in Catering
  • Innovation in Student Experience
  • Business Manager/Team of the Year
  • Business Partner of the Year*
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
Read the Award category detail and judging criteria

*To fit with our conference theme of innovative partnerships, the shortlisted candidates for Business Partner of the Year will be invited to present on their awards entry at a workshop during the summer conference.


There is a two-step judging process. The CUBO Awards panel meet in March to create a shortlist of candidates for the first stage. A panel of independent experts then review the shortlisted entries and vote for the winner in all categories, apart from the Innovation in Student Experience Award. This category is voted for by CUBO members.

Key dates

  • 2 January - open for entries
  • 1 March - deadline for entries
  • 31 March - shortlisted candidates notified
  • 4 July – winners announced at CUBO Awards Night in Swansea


The CUBO Awards 2019 take place at Swansea University Bay Campus as part of the CUBO annual summer conference from 3-5 July.

The CUBO Awards and gala dinner is a black-tie event.

How to enter

Entrants are invited to make a written submission of 600 words maximum.

  • This should take the form of a 100-word summary followed by a further 500 words of detail. (Commercial University of the Year is the only exception and can be 1,000 words in total.)
  • Up to 3 images can be included (5 for commercial.) These should be low resolution and embedded within your submission document.

Rules of entry

  • A maximum of 3 images and 600 words can be accepted. (5 images and 1,000 words for Commercial University of the Year.)
  • Submissions should be sent as a Word document.
  • Please don’t include links with additional information.
  • Unfortunately video material cannot be accepted as whole or part of a submission.
  • Only one entry per HEI per category. (There is no limit to the number of categories that a HEI can enter.)
  • Companies working in the sector can only enter the business partner category.


How to submit your entry:

  • Complete this short application form.
  • Submit your entry via Dropbox or email
  • If your submission file is less than 1MB, send via Dropbox or email to
  • If your submission file is over 1MB, please send your entry via Dropbox only. Share your word document (images included within the document) as a Dropbox link with

ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of March.

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