CUBO is the professional association for senior managers of commercial and campus services in higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland.
Founded in the 1960s, today CUBO has around 100 institutional members and some 300 individual members, whose responsibilities include the strategic development, management and administration of their university’s commercial business.
Whether run in-house or outsourced, this normally includes the residential portfolio, catering and retail operations, conferencing, business and leisure tourism. Members may also be responsible for sport, security, printing, transport, cleaning, childcare, customer services, maintenance and even running the whole university estate.
Our role is twofold: to provide outstanding, value-for-money services for the students, staff and customers of our universities, and to deliver income that is reinvested in the university through commercial activities such as conferencing and summer vacation letting. In 2011, CUBO members were responsible for revenues in excess of £1.4 billion.
Our individual members are drawn from senior levels at the majority of UK and Irish higher education institutions. They are professionals reporting mainly to a university senior officer such as the Principal or Vice-Chancellor, Secretary or Registrar.
We maintain links with other higher education associations and organisations in the UK and internationally.