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Leicester University Wins First Ever Residence Life Award

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The University of Leicester has been awarded the first ever Residence Life Award at the annual College & University Business Officers (CUBO) awards. This newly established award recognises the growing importance of residence life and activities designed to support students living away from home.

The university was recognised for it's Make Every Contact Count (MECC) initiative, which aims to give residence staff a simple way to flag their concerns on a range of issues including mental health, alcohol and drug consumption and sexual health.

The scheme was designed so that even staff without access to a computer could participate, allowing residence staff to flag potential issues before they escalated.

The university was also nominated for three other awards including the Leicester Services Partnership in Innovation in Catering, the College Court for Business Manager/Team of the Year and the Business Partner of the Year.

Director of Campus Services Kirsty Woodward said: "This is a fantastic achievement, not only to be nominated in so many categories, but to win the inaugural Residence Life award for an initiative that really makes a difference to our students' experience at University."

"Moving away from home for the first time throws up all kinds of challenges and Make Every Contact Count exemplifies the care and attention that we know our staff give to every single one of our students."