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2019 RA Awards


The 2nd Annual CUBO RA Awards took place on 7 May 2019, during the CUBO Residence Life Conference at Loughborough University's Imago Conference Centre.


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 and thrive in university campus life. Sometimes known by other titles, they are students who work or volunteer in student accommodation to provide a social and support network for their community.

Residence Life is still relatively new in the UK. While many universities have had student support services in place for many years, the 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 living their lives increasingly online, having tools in place to help students develop social and community skills is now as important as academic studies.

RAs are at the heart of these programmes. They are trained in a variety of services from mental health, drug and alcohol awareness to health and safety and data protection. They organise a wide range of activities both social and practical, 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.


2019 CUBO Residence Assistants of the Year

CUBO RA Awards for Universities 

Maddison Carne, University of East London

Jake Saville, University of the Arts, London

James Hobson, University of Leicester

John Cullen-Kennedy, King's College, London

Joseph Markey, The University of Edinburgh

Amber O'Connor, Manchester Metropolitan University 


CUBO RA Awards for Private Accommodation Providers

George Moore, Campus Living Villages

Shiyi Xu, Prime Student Living


Each RA winner receives a free place at the CUBO & ACUHO-I Residence Life Conference where they are presented with their award. 


 CUBO/Acuho-i Residence Life New Professional 

Rebecca O'Hare, Head of Residence Life, Campus Living Villages UK

  Rebecca receives funding to attend the 2019 ACUHO-I Conference on 22-25 June in Toronto, Canada.



Rebecca O'Hare

Campus Living Villages UK (Award presented by Grant Walters of Acuho-i)

Shiyi Xu (Agnes)

Prime Student Living (Award presented by Richard Kington, University of Edinburgh)

George Moore

Campus Living Villages UK

Maddison Carne

University of East London

James Hobson

University of Leicester

John Cullen-Kennedy

King's College London

Dr Paula Dalziel accepting on behalf of Amber O'Connor

Manchester Metropolitan University 

Cheryl Hutton accepting on behalf of Joseph Markey

University of Edinburgh

James Greenwood accepting on behalf of Jake Saville

University of the Arts, London

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.



Written entries are invited from universities and private accommodation providers during January/February. They are reviewed by an international judging panel from the USA, UK, Australia and Europe. The 2019 judges:

  • Colin Marshall, Director Campus Life, Federation University, Australia
  • Zachery Spire, Head of Research and Training, The Class of 2020
  • Grant Walters, Director of Educational Programmes, Acuho-I
  • Jan Capper, CEO, CUBO


CUBO Residence Life Conference & Awards Night

The CUBO RA Awards are presented at a dinner during the CUBO Residence Life Conference.

The 2019 conference took place on 7-8 May 2019 at the Imago Conference Centre, Holywell Park, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU.

The CUBO Residence Life Conference, incorporating the CUBO and ACUHO-I Masterclasses, is a popular annual professional development event attracting residence life professionals from across the UK and Ireland, and both universities and private student accommodation providers. It includes theory and practice from the USA and the UK as well as opportunities to network with other residence life professionals and unique opportunity to hear from a panel of the winning RAs. 

CUBO members and corporate partners receive a 25% discount on the conference price.


For 2020 enquiries, please contact:

College & University Business Officers
General Enquiries:
07958 599 947