University Partnership Programme (UPP), nominated by Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been named Business Partner of the Year at the College & University Business Officer (CUBO) awards. The award was voted for by members of CUBO, the professional association for senior managers in higher education.
In their nomination NTU highlighted the success of the ten year partnership between itself and UPP and its investment in the student experience. The redevelopment of NTU’s Students Union Building has resulted in a high quality design delivering exceptional facilities including over 900 high specification student bedrooms, a large scale music venue and a state of the art Student Union building. UPP’s close partnership with NTU is managed at board level, allowing issues to be resolved quickly and assisting in the strategic decision making process.
Furthermore, UPP’s active involvement in the NTU community brings a variety of benefits for students and local people. UPP supports NTU in ensuring that the university attracts and retains students whilst enhancing the student experience. Through a long term partnership with The Prince’s Trust UPP offers skills, training and employment workshops which help local people find jobs. The UPP ‘Get Into Construction’ and ‘Get Into FM’ schemes give young people the chance to access employability training, and CV workshops.
Commenting on the award Sean O’Shea, Chief Executive Officer, UPP Group said:
“We’re delighted to have been named Business Partner of the Year at the CUBO 2013 Awards, following our nomination by NTU. Over the past ten years we have worked in close partnership with NTU to enhance the student experience, and are honoured that they put us forward for this award. This award is a testament to the strength of our partnership, and the success of our business approach, and we’re very pleased that these have been recognised by CUBO members.”
Stephen Jackson, Chief Financial Operations Officer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “During the past ten years we’ve enjoyed a tremendous working relationship with UPP which has been built on trust, open communication and a shared ambition to develop some of the most exciting and inspiring university buildings in the country.
“Strong business partnerships are vital to the success of any organisation, and with UPP we have achieved some fantastic results that we’re rightfully proud of. So I’m very pleased to see UPP win this award as it is well deserved.”