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Winter Conference 2019

2019 Winter Conference



Visioning The Future

Exploring the challenges ahead for senior commercial and campus services professionals

This year we're in the stunning city of Edinburgh, hosted by the University of Edinburgh's award-winning conference and accommodation division: Edinburgh First.

Join CUBO colleagues early in the academic year for two days of networking, professional and personal development. As this extraordinary year unfolds, our theme is Visioning the Future. An exciting line-up of experts will consider what the future holds for universities and campus services. Sessions so far include youth engagement, Generation Alpha, accommodation, business leadership and the HE political landscape, with more to come.

There will be research presentations from CUBO and UCAS and we'll be joined by select group of CUBO corporate partners to discuss current and future business challenges. The informal conference dinner is a chance to catch up with more sector colleagues and after last year's successful charity competition, we'll finish with another light-hearted fund-raiser!

Designed for heads of commercial and campus services, CUBO conferences are the place to build your professional network, find business solutions, keep in the HE sector loop, gain strategic insight and explore today's and tomorrow's key issues for our profession.

So put 20-21 November in your diary - more information and booking link coming soon...




20 November -  Registration opens at 10.45 / Conference starts at 11.15

21 November - Conference ends with lunch / exhibition / charity fundraiser at 14.30


The line-up so far:

Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. Peter is a nephrologist and previously served as Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Hong Kong.

Mark Fawcett, CEO of We are Futures, an organisation that provides insight on young people, particularly 16-24 year olds, and brings marketing, CSR and HR teams together to create more focused, accountable and beneficial partnerships with them.

Neil Gaught, business author and consultant. Neil is among a growing number of business thinkers who say companies must do things differently now if they are to have a sustainable future. With his ground-breaking book Core, shortlisted for the 2018 Business Book Awards, Neil bolstered the case for a radical rethink of the purpose of business. It incorporates his Single Organizing Idea (SOI®) and its potential to deliver profitable outcomes to those seeking to put society at the core of their business strategy.

Helenor Gilmour, Director of Insights, Beano for Brands (Beano Studios).  Helenor will present findings from the recently published Gen Alpha White Paper, providing insight into the Greta Thunberg generation.

Accommodation Panel Debate, moderated by Paddy Jackman, University of Birmingham. We expect a lively debate around how existing provision will meet the needs of students in the future, and the options available for new build projects. The panel will comprise universities and private providers familiar with the issues currently bubbling around student accommodation, including alcohol, green communities, the findings from Grenfell, the benefits of twin versus single rooms and of exclusive LGBTQ + accommodation. It will question whether properties being built today will be ‘fit for purpose’ in 30 years’ time and look at universities still trying to sell accommodation built in the 1960s. It will ask how important residence life is and what it means in different accommodation.

Rachel Hewitt, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI). Rachel will provide a timely update on the political landscape for universities and how the future may look.


John McIntyre Conference Centre (Pollock Hall Campus)

What sets this venue apart is the location - nestled in landscaped gardens a stone's throw from Arthur's Seat! Enjoy views of the famous Scottish landmark from the terrace or take a stroll to the foot of the hill in under five minutes. The conference room is directly adjacent to the exhibition and catering space, there is a lounge and a bar, and two outdoor terrace areas, all just a short walk from your accommodation. 



Salisbury Green Hotel and Bistro (Pollock Halls Campus)

Merging traditional style with contemporary accommodation, this is a hotel of two halves. Salisbury Green's en-suite rooms offer 18th century richness, and the recently refurbished contemporary side of the hotel provides en-suite bedrooms with a modern, sophisticated design. 

Getting There

Arrival in Edinburgh:

The JMCC is located at the Pollock Halls Campus of Edinburgh University, situated at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, and a short walk to all the main tourist attractions.

By Air:

Edinburgh Airport is located on the outskirts of the city but is well served by taxi, bus and tram services to the city centre. The journey time by car to the city centre is around 20-25 minutes except during rush hour (07:30-09:00 and 16:00-18:00) when it may take an additional 15 minutes. A taxi will cost approximately £25. Alternatively, there is a regular tram and bus service from the airport to the city centre. A single journey on the tram costs £5.50 and a return journey is £8.50. A single journey on the bus costs £4.50 and a return journey is £7.50. Tickets can be bought at the airport information desk, at the bus stop, from the driver or online here.

By Rail:

Both of Edinburgh's main rail stations, Waverley and Haymarket, are located in the heart of the city centre. Edinburgh Waverley (main station) is situated at the east end of Princes Street, and is a 30-minute walk from the conference venue. A taxi from Waverley will cost approximately £7 and will take about 10 minutes, depending on traffic. The rail network connects to cities all over Scotland and the UK. For more information, click here.

By Road:

An extensive road network links Edinburgh to the rest of Scotland and UK making access to the capital easy by car.

Travelling West, Edinburgh to Glasgow can take just over an hour along the M8 and travelling northwards, it will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Aberdeen and 3.5 hours to arrive in Inverness. Newcastle is approximately a 2.5 hour drive and Manchester and Birmingham, 4 and 6 hours respectively.

If you're coming to Edinburgh from the South, take the A720; City of Edinburgh Bypass, then take the A7 Old Dalkeith Road exit at the Sheriffhall Roundabout going towards the City Centre. Continue straight for approximately 3 miles. Just past the Royal Commonwealth Pool at the the lights, turn right onto Holyrood Park Road. Pollock Halls is the second turning on the right.

There is limited on-site parking on a first-come first-served basis.

By Bus:

From the shop side of Princes Street; take a bus to the Royal Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road. Pollock Halls is a short walk down Holyrood Park Road from the stop.

  • Lothian Buses: Nos 2, 14, 30, 33. £1.70 is the standard adult one-trip fare. You'll need exact change.
  • Munro: 51/52 from North Bridge.
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