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2019 RA Awards


In 2019, we are delighted to stage the 2nd annual CUBO RA Awards, in which we recognise the students and professionals doing vital work in residence life programmes in the UK and Ireland. Entry is now closed and judging is underway! 

Role of the Residence Assistant

Residence Assistants (RAs) carry out essential work in developing a living and learning community, helping their fellow students to settle into and thrive in university accommodation and campus life. In some institutions they may be known by other job titles, but essentially they are students who are working or volunteering within student accommodation. As part of our mission to reward innovation and champion best practice in campus services, we are proud to recognise their outstanding achievements, as well as those of the Residence Life Professionals who manage them.


Awards Categories

The CUBO RA Awards for Universities are open to all higher education institutions - membership of CUBO is not necessary. There are six awards in this category and each university may nominate up to two RAs.

The CUBO RA Awards for Private Partners are open to all accommodation businesses working with universities to deliver Residence Life programmes. There are two awards in this category and each PBSA provider may nominate up to two RAs.

The CUBO Residence Life New Professional of the Year is open to both universities and private partners. Each institution may nominate one Reslife professional for this award, who must have no more than five year's experience in the field.


Entering the Awards

Entry has now closed for 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact:


Shortlisting and Winners

Entries will be reviewed in March by an international panel of judges:

  • Colin Marshall, Director Campus Life, Federation University, Australia
  • Jorick Beijer, Director, The Class of 2020
  • Grant Walters, Director of Educational Programmes, Acuho-I
  • Jan Capper, CEO, CUBO

The eight student winners of the RA Awards will be notified by 2nd April. Each will receive a free place at the CUBO & ACUHO-I Residence Life Conference on 7 & 8 May including accommodation, and will receive their award on the night of 7 May. CUBO will also contribute up to £100 towards travel expenses to the conference. The shortlist* for CUBO New Residence Life Professional Award will be announced before the CUBO Residence Life Conference and the winner will only be revealed on the night of 7 May.  The winner will receive the CUBO & ACUHO-I New Professional Award: funding** to attend the 2019 ACUHO-I Conference, June 22-25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

*Shortlisted entrants for this category do not receive a free conference place or travel expenses.

**ACUHO_I will award $1500 (USD) towards the cost of attending this conference. CUBO will fund outstanding costs of the trip, up to a maximum of £1,000.


Awards Night / CUBO Residence Life Conference

The Awards are presented during the CUBO Residence Life Conference, at which the winning RAs receive a free place.

Conference dates: 7-8 May 2019

Venue: Imago, Holywell Park, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU.

The CUBO Residence Life Conference, incorporating the CUBO and ACUHO-I Masterclasses, is a popular annual conference attracting residence life professionals from across the UK and Ireland. 

Booking: Reslife professionals from universities and PBSAs can book here . CUBO members and corporate partners receive a 25% discount on the conference price.

For queries, please contact:

"RAs and Residence Life Professionals provide essential support for hundreds of thousands of  students every year. Only through their dedication, resourcefulness and hard work are we able to provide the environments and additional educational opportunities outside lecture theatres where they can learn, flourish and be supported. The CUBO RA Awards allow us to honour those whose contributions have been recognised by their peers as truly exceptional." 

Richard Kington, Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events, University of Edinburgh, and CUBO Board Member - International Portfolio.
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