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2020 Awards

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Rewarding innovation and championing best practice in university campus and commercial services


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 individuals, teams, institutions and partnerships.

See our gallery of 2019 winners and check out some recent awards entries on our case studies page.


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
  • 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


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

  • 6 January 2020 - open for entries
  • TBC March - deadline for entries
  • TBC March - shortlisted candidates notified
  • TBC June – winners announced at CUBO Awards Night in Belfast

Awards Presentation

The CUBO Awards 2020 take place at Queen's University Belfast as part of the CUBO annual summer conference from 8-10 June. The CUBO Awards Dinner is a black-tie event.

Entering the Awards

Entries must be in writing and 600 words maximum.

  • This should take the form of a 100-word summary followed by 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 entry 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.)
  • Entries 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 an entry.
  • 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 university sector may only enter the business partner category.


Full details on how to enter will be posted in December 2019

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