‘Thank Goodness It’s Thursday’ makes it through to CUBO Awards final

By Press Office

Queen Margaret University is delighted to be recognised in the CUBO awards for the innovative way it supports its students. The University’s initiative ‘Thank Goodness It’s Thursday’, which supports QMU students through the cost of living crisis, has been shortlisted in the 2023 CUBO Innovation in Student Experience award category. 

QMU is one of 27 finalists to make it to the 2023 CUBO: College & University Business Officers awards finals. The event celebrates the best innovations and initiatives in higher education’s commercial and campus services.  

Senior Lecturer, Dr Kat Lord-Watson, who has led the development of ‘Thank Goodness It’s Thursday’ (TGIT) at Queen Margaret University, said: “We are delighted that our fantastic TGIT initiative, which provides QMU’s students with free meals, weekend meal packs and social activities in a warm, friendly campus environment, has been recognised in the shortlist for the CUBO awards.”  

Sarah Whigham, Head of Commercial Services at Queen Margaret University, said: “TGIT, which is a partnership project supported by QMU, the Students’ Union and our catering partner BaxterStorey, is an important part of QMU’s wider work in helping students navigate the cost of living crisis. Run by staff volunteers from across the University, TGIT offers students some respite from soaring food and fuel costs. Bringing students together in a welcoming, cosy environment on campus, where they can enjoy free hot meals, socialise with students and staff, and take part in social activities, has helped strengthen student and staff bonds and reduce isolation and loneliness amongst the student community. With hundreds of students benefitting from TGIT, Thursdays at QMU have become known as the best night of the week!” 

The team looks forward to the announcement of the winners at the award ceremony at the CUBO Summer Conference in Glasgow on 6 July.