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RA Awards 2018
In 2018, we launched the CUBO RA Awards to recognise the students and professionals doing vital work in residence life programmes in UK and Irish universities.
About Residence Life
Residence Life is still relatively new in the UK. While many institutions have had student support services in place for many years, the big challenge and bridge to offering a full Residence Life programme is to become more proactive in supporting students. Spotting problems early and making a subtle but successful intervention can make a crucial difference to a student’s welfare. With young people’s lives being lived increasingly online, having tools in place that help students develop social and community skills is now as important as their academic studies.
Residence Assistants (RAs) roles are at the heart of these programmes. They are students working within student accommodation who are trained in a variety of services from mental health, drug and alcohol awareness to health and safety and data protection. They also organise social activities to help students to integrate. But it is often the softer skills - providing a shoulder to cry on or wise words – that make RAs such an asset to their university community.
Their contribution was celebrated by the CUBO RA Awards in May. The inaugural awards ceremony took place at Loughborough University during the CUBO & ACUHO-I Residence Life Masterclasses, a training event for Reslife professionals which the winning students were invited to attend. Eight awards were presented to Residence Life Assistants as well as a Residence Life Professional of the Year Award.
The winners in full
Residents Assistants Awards for Higher Education
Molly Wooders - Bournemouth University
Milonee Ruparell - King’s College London
Tom Weeks - Anglia Ruskin University
Deon Chorley - Royal Holloway University of London
Jake Headland - The University of Brighton
Frederic Cryan - The University of Exeter
Residents Assistants Awards for Private Providers
Annie Wilde - Fresh Student Living
Sasha Kaye - Campus Living Villages (pictured below with Richard Kington)
Professional of the Year
Greg Pevy - The University of Sheffield (pictured below with David McKown)
To find out more about the next CUBO & ACUHO-I Masterclasses & Residence Life Awards, 7&8 May 2019 go to: www.universityhospitality.co.uk