Swansea University case study

Client - College and University Business Officers (CUBO)/Assured Events

Event - College and University Business Officers Summer Conference – July 2019

Delegates -  300 delegates – UK and Ireland

Background

The College and University Business Officers (CUBO) Summer Conference, organised by Assured Events, is an awards ceremony which celebrates outstanding achievements within commercial and campus services. The 7th CUBO Awards were held at Swansea University in July 2019.  

CUBO represents universities across the UK and Ireland as ‘the professional association for senior managers of university commercial and campus services’ and aims to ‘promote excellence in the development of campus life and student experience’. 

The three-day premier networking event was packed with learning, networking and business, with catching up with colleagues from universities and suppliers at its heart. 

Challenge

The Summer Conference is CUBO’s flagship event and requires meticulous planning.  The event brings together 300 delegates from across the UK and Ireland and requires a venue that can provide a suitable plenary, a large number of breakout spaces, networking spaces with a ‘WOW’ factor – all within easy reach of onsite accommodation and in a convenient geographical location.  In addition, there was a requirement to house an exhibition close to the other activities of the conference.

Solution

After an extensive search Swansea University was chosen as it could easily meet all the logistical requirements of the event, including a purpose-built exhibition marquee close to the event – providing valuable opportunities for exhibitors to network with delegates. 

State of the art lecture theatres, ample breakout rooms and impressive spaces for a gala dinner and networking activities were all within touching distance of the onsite accommodation, which was provided at a competitive cost to delegates.  The annual awards took advantage of the Great Hall Auditorium and adjacent terrace overlooking scenic Swansea Bay

The University team worked closely with the event organisers to deliver added value to the delegate experience including a Welsh themed gala dinner catered by the in-house team, room drops of Welsh themed gifts and Welsh cakes freshly baked in the exhibition space.

Benefits

  • Flexible event spaces
  • Quality, low cost accommodation
  • In-house catering
  • Support from in-house events team
  • Location with a ‘WOW’ factor

Testimonial

Close working relationships with the event organising team resulted in a very successful meeting for the association and client feedback reported that delegates left not only feeling inspired by the content and learning, but also the venue and experience.

Swansea University was a stunning venue for the CUBO Summer Conference 2019. We loved the convenient, compact campus and beachside setting. All accommodation, meeting rooms and dining spaces were within easy reach, and the exhibition marquee right beside the Great Hall provided an ideal space for delegates and exhibitors to network! " 

The event planners at CUBO went on to add, 'The gala dinner was exceptional and the Welsh touches, such as fresh Welsh cakes and local produce, contributed to the wow factor. We’re very glad to have chosen Swansea University as the venue for the CUBO Summer Conference.'

Get more information 

Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP

01792 606060

conference@swansea.ac.uk

Swansea.ac.uk/business-and-industry 

By train to Swansea train station

London Paddington – 3 hours

Bristol – 2 hours

Cardiff – 1 hour

By road

London – 3.5 hours
Birmingham – 2.75 hours
Cardiff– 1 hour

By air

Cardiff Airport (CWL) is an hour away

Bristol Airport (BRS) is two hours away

Capacity

  • Total number of meeting rooms: 100
  • Theatre: 700
  • Boardroom: 20
  • Classroom: 100
  • Banquet: 400
  • Bedrooms: 450

 

Great Hall set up for a gala dinner with gold bows around black dressed chairs tables with crockery on and a stage with musicians playing.
Delegates in the grounds four women hula-hooping with different colour hoops.s

Gala dinner set up in the Great Hall and Delegates on breakout sessions at Swansea University

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