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2019 Awards

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It's time once again to celebrate the achievements of those working in campus and commercial services in higher education. The shortlist for the 2019 CUBO Awards has been announced 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.


Browse the 2019 CUBO Awards shortlist to see 26 examples of outstanding work and innovation in commercial and campus services across the UK and Ireland, and check out some of the 2018 shortlist as case studies


About the CUBO Awards

The Awards are open to all higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland. 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.



  • Best Residence Life Initiative - sponsored by Unite Students
  • Best Marketing Campaign - sponsored by Conference News
  • Excellence in Student Sport Experience
  • Commercial University of the Year - sponsored by Collegiate
  • Best Student Housing
  • Innovation in Catering - sponsored by TUCO
  • Innovation in Student Experience - sponsored by UPP
  • Business Manager/Team of the Year
  • Business Partner of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
Read the Award category detail and judging criteria

Shortlisted candidates for Business Partner of the Year will be invited to present their case study at the summer conference.


The CUBO Awards Panel meet in March to draw up a shortlist. A panel of independent experts then reviews the shortlist and agrees a winner in each category, apart from Innovation in Student Experience, which is decided by a CUBO member vote, and Lifetime Achievement, which is decided by the CUBO Chair.

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

Awards Presentation

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 Dinner is a black-tie event.

Entering the Awards

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 the 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
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