College and University Business Officers (CUBO) has announced the recent addition of two new Board members to help guide the organisation’s strategic development and to strengthen the highly valuable research and networking activities that the organisation undertakes for its members.
Sue Pimblett, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, Facilities Directorate, University of Leeds. will be initially working with Chair Elect, Jo Hardman (Lancaster University), on CUBO’s research activities. Specifically, Sue will be instrumental in a second phase of research into the campus experience, followed by another accommodation occupancy report in conjunction with JLL, and a review of the annual CUBO benchmarking survey.
Phil Scott, Head of Commercial Services, Manchester Metropolitan University, will work with Vice-Chair, Kirsty Woodward (University of Leicester), on the CUBO Conferencing and Networking’ agenda. Planning for the Winter 2020 Conference (hosted by Loughborough University) is already underway and a move to online meetings and webinars is planned.
As with all group events, under the latest Government guidelines relating to the Covid-19 outbreak; CUBO’s 2020 Summer Conference, which was due to take place at Queen’s University Belfast from 10-12 June has been postponed to June 2021.
CUBO Chair Gillian Almond (Royal Holloway, University of London) says:
“We are delighted to welcome Sue and Phil to the Board. They are joining at a pivotal phase in CUBO’s work and at a challenging time too, as we are all into uncharted territories with the outbreak of Covid-19, having a serious impact on the HE sector.
“They bring with them a unique and valuable range of skills and experiences that will help strengthen the Board strategically for our future direction.
“Our networking and research activities are vital in enabling members to make the right decisions for their organisations – support that they need now, more than ever.
“The year ahead promises to be particularly complex as we look to ensure students safety and wellbeing on campuses across the UK in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. CUBO has an important role to play within the HE sector in supporting and sharing best practice across our membership, as services resume back to pre Covid-19 levels. Services, which together with the support of professional partners, have helped make our UK universities amongst the best in the World”.