Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities

15 to 16 April, University of Manchester

For nearly 60 years, the AUA Annual Conference has been the highlight of the calendar for HE professionals. Each year, we curate an unrivaled programme that attracts HE administrators, managers and leaders from all over the world for two days of professional development and networking.

The exhibition is an essential part of the conference and delegate experience. There are a number of exhibitor and sponsorship options available to suit your budget and business aim. Whether your organisation is currently working in HE or looking to enter the HE sector, the AUA Annual Conference can help you to develop client relationships, increase sector presence, encourage brand awareness and showcase your services to HE professionals.

 

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Gala Dinner and AUA Awards

The Gala Dinner and Annual Awards are the social highlight of the Conference and the below packages work together.If you are interested in a bespoke package and being the sole sponsor of the Gala Dinner and Awards please contact exhibitions@aua.ac.uk.

Gala Dinner sponsorship | £2500 + VAT

The Gala Dinner is the much anticipated social highlight of the Conference and will be held on the Monday evening at the opulent Principal Hotel.

This package includes:

  • Acknowledgement of you as the sponsor of the Gala Dinner during the welcome speech by the AUA Chair
  • Pop-up banner(s) (provided by the sponsor) in key locations
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Logo and click through on the AUA website to your website
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • Attendance at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony for three people (two extra sponsors can attend for an additional fee).

Annual Awards sponsorship | £2000 + VAT

The Annual Awards are the main event of the Gala Dinner where we recognise the merit and achievement of our members.

This package includes:

  • Acknowledgement of you as the sponsor of the Awards during the Awards speech by the AUA Chair
  • Pop-up banner(s) (provided by the sponsor) in key locations
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Logo and click through on the AUA website to your website
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • Attendance at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony for two people (two extra sponsors can attend for an additional fee).
  • The opportunity to present the Awards to the winners.

Exhibition stand

Exhibition Stand | £1650 + VAT

The exhibition is an essential part of the Annual Conference. Our delegates are an interested and friendly bunch who want to find out about the latest developments and value hearing it straight from the experts.  All refreshments and catering are served in the exhibition area making it a fantastic opportunity for you and for our delegates to make new connections. 

A 3 metre x 2 metre standard exhibition stand package includes:

  • A standard shell scheme for two days
    (8:00 Monday 15 to 16:00 Tuesday 16 April)
  • Two people per stand, per day including refreshments and lunch for two people per day*
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site
  • Wireless internet access (two connections per stand for two days. Please note: internet is not to be used for large presentations but only for your general access).

*Additional exhibitors can attend up to a maximum of 5 exhibitors, per day, per stand, at a cost of £45 + VAT per person.

Supplier Showcase

Supplier Showcase | £800 + VAT

This is your chance to be an integral part of the Conference programme. A supplier showcase enables you to deliver a sponsored session to delegates who choose to attend your session. You will be required to complete a session proposal form (this will be sent to you once we have received your booking form) detailing what your session will contain, and it will need to fit with the Conference theme, but otherwise, the options are limitless! A targeted and very limited opportunity!

As part of this package you will receive:

  • A 75 minute slot during the main conference programme to deliver a session directly to delegates
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your session outline advertised alongside other working sessions online
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site
  • Pop-up banners in the working session room (to be supplied by the presenter) during your session
  • Up to three people can deliver your session

Please note a Supplier Showcase is not a direct sales pitch opportunity, but a sponsored working session that should offer attendees clear learning outcomes. 

Additional terms and conditions apply (see below).

Hotspot

Hotspot | £175 + VAT (This opportunity is now sold out)

A limited and ideal addition to an exhibition stand or supplier showcase. Hotspots get you in front of all the delegates (c700) during the Opening Plenary on Monday 15 April.

  • Two minutes maximum to speak to the delegates in the main conference room
  • Opportunity for up to two people to deliver the hotspot
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site

Please note, this opportunity includes attendance for the hotspot session only.

Conference App Advert

Conference App Advert | £250 + VAT (Four opportunities)


Draw further notice to your brand by purchasing a full colour banner advertisement within the Conference App.

This opportunity allows your banner to be displayed on a continuous loop at the top of the App.

The App was a successful new addition for our 2018 Conference:

  • 80% of delegates downloaded the App
  • There were 28,600 total number of actions across all users taken with the App
  • The App was used for a total of 26,200 minutes throughout the Conference
  • Users viewed the banner adverts a total of 182,000 times
  • The highest number of engagements for an organisation within the Sponsors section of the App was 87

The package includes:

  • One banner (to be agreed upon), on a 5 second loop on the Conference App across the two days
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site

Please note, this opportunity does not include Conference attendance.

Plenary Sponsorship

Plenary sponsorship | £500 + VAT

There are two opportunities to sponsor a Conference Plenary; the opening or closing plenary.

By sponsoring a plenary you can promote your company to the full delegation and gain the following benefits:

  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • Logo and click through on the AUA website to your website
  • Acknowledgement of and thanks to your company as the sponsor of the session introduction by the Chair
  • Opportunity to place pop-up banner(s) (provided by the sponsor) on the stage
  • Maximum of two people to attend this session only

Please note this package does not include the opportunity to speak to the Conference delegation or attendance at the rest of the Conference.

Sunday Social

Sunday Social sponsorship | £500 + VAT

The Sunday Social takes place prior to the Conference’s formal beginning. This event is popular with both first-timers and frequent Conference attendees. Delegates are relaxed and ready to network so it’s a great opportunity to sponsor and attend. This package includes:

  • Attendance for two sponsors at the Sunday Social (up to three extra sponsors can attend for an additional fee).
  • Opportunity to network with delegates and promote your brand
  • Opportunity to place pop-up banner(s) (provided by the sponsor) in key locations
  • Acknowledgment of sponsorship as part of the evening welcome
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Logo and click through on the AUA website to your website

Merchandise

Conference bag sponsorship | £450 + VAT

Sponsor our conference bag for maximum exposure of your brand.  Every delegate will receive a reusable bag when they register (Approximately 700 delegates in total)

The package includes:

  • Your logo on the front of each bag
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site

Please note, this opportunity does not include Conference attendance.


Promotional inserts | £450 + VAT

(Four opportunities)

The delegate insert is an opportunity to include your marketing material in our delegate packs which are given to all delegates (Approximately 700 in total)

The package includes:

  • One insert (to be agreed upon), any size up to A4, in each delegate pack (provided by the sponsor)
  • Inclusion in the sponsor and exhibitor section of the Conference App (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2019 and @your company (if a Twitter user)
  • Your logo uploaded to the AUA Conference website with a click-through to your company site

Please note, this opportunity does not include Conference attendance.


Conference delegate pack item: Free

In 2018 we are introduced the opportunity for each of our sponsors to contribute one branded item for inclusion in the delegate bag with no sponsorship fees included and we are bringing this back in 2019.

To take advantage of this opportunity you will need to confirm which item you would like and send 750 of your chosen item to the AUA Office no later than Monday 25 March.

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Thanks for supporting us!  We look forward to seeing you in Manchester!

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Remember to read the 2019 Terms and Conditions  which are applicable to anyone who has purchased a commercial opportunity at the AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019.

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