AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020

Collaborating for success

6 to 7 April 2020
East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC), The University of Nottingham

AUA Annual Conference 2020 | Collaborating for Success

Under the theme of ‘Collaborating for Success’, next year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition will showcase the importance of developing and nurturing sustainable working relationships.  Working with both internal and external stakeholders effectively is key to success; whether that is success in terms of your personal career development, project success, the performance of your team or department and your institution’s achievement overall.

Stakeholders can be numerous and are often complex, which can make managing their needs and requirements, alongside your own, challenging.  Effectively working together in the context of rapid change, reduced budgets and a growing move to look outside higher education for good practice, heightens the need to understand how best to collaborate for the success of all stakeholders.


Whilst we are busy developing a programme of dynamic presenters, stimulating debate, networking opportunities and workshops.


The Early Bird rate has ended

We will be reopening bookings at the standard rate on 4 November 2019


Highlights from #AUA2019

Call for session proposals

What does ‘collaborating for success’ mean to you?

We are looking for a range of session proposals to showcase your knowledge, experience and professional practice and that demonstrate the diverse ways in which you are achieving success through effective collaboration.

As a starter for 10 we’ve provided some themes you could cover, but we also welcome proposals which interpret what collaborating for success means to you.

  • Developing effective internal working relationships
  • Efficient working practices
  • Sharing good practice to inspire and innovate
  • Cross institutional working
  • Widening participation
  • Working with the local community through civic and public engagement initiatives
  • Enhancing relationships with student bodies
  • Working with students
  • Alumni relations
  • Effective strategy development and execution
  • Overcoming resistance to change
  • Using technology to support communication and collaboration
  • International links to strengthen the UK HE position in a competitive environment
  • Sharing resources to ensure financial sustainability
  • Professional development for self and others

At the centre of all our professional development activity is the AUA CPD Framework.  You will need to describe how your session supports up to three of our nine professional behaviours.

We are no longer accepting proposals for this year’s conference.
AUA reserves the right to edit information supplied in the proposal form.  We may contact you to provide additional information.
Speakers are subject to the standard event terms and conditions.




Our 2020 exhibitors and sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors for their fantastic support at the AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020. We very much look forward to welcoming you all in Nottingham for #AUA2020.

You can find a full list of our Sponsors and Exhibitors  using this link.

Sponsors and Opportunities

The AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the largest conference of its kind. Its history, size and reputation for offering a varied programme, which includes a large exhibition, attracts c700 HE professionals each year.

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 Conference can help you to:

  • Develop client relationships
  • Increase sector presence
  • Encourage brand awareness
  • Showcase your services to HE professionals

Find out about our 2020 opportunities.

Please contact Chloe Duxbury to discuss any of our sponsorship opportunities.

Book your exhibition package 


Conference Packages

We’ve frozen the Early Bird attendance fee for members for the fourth consecutive year. All of our non-member full packages include a years AUA membership within the price.

2020 Price Structure (Inc VAT)

Early Bird (deadline reached)

Full package | Member £399 | Non members £570

Monday/Tuesday delegate | Member £252, Gala dinner £84 | Non member £360, Gala dinner £120

Standard (4 November to 15 March)

Full package | Member £505 | Non members £672

Monday/Tuesday delegate | Member £342, Gala dinner £112.50 | Non member £456, Gala dinner £150

If you are an international delegate that requires a UK visa to attend you can request a confirmation letter for your Annual Conference booking, by completing this form. We can not provide letters of invitations and will issue confirmation letters for bookings that we have received full payment. 

The Early Bird rate has ended

We will be reopening bookings at the standard rate on 4 November 2019



We’ve partnered with Nottingham Conferences to secure a variety of accommodation options on campus to suit your budget and preference.  Accommodation is not included in your conference packages and please book early to avoid disappointment.

Rutland Hall – Halls of Residence

Located a short 5 minute walk away from the actual conference venue, these cheap and cheerful en-suite rooms are charged at £65 (inc vat) per night which includes breakfast served from 7.00 to 8.30am. Available to book on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 April 2020 should you require a one or two night stay.

To book please input code AUA2020 then select the date(s) you require using the link to Nottingham Conferences.

The Orchard Hotel

This 4 star hotel is located opposite the conference venue, with rooms charged at £99 (inc vat) per night which includes breakfast.

To book please contact the Orchard Hotel Reservations team on 0115 876 0900 pressing 1 for reservations and quoting the conference name: AUA 2020 Conference and Exhibition 2020.

Please note that all bookings are made directly with either The University of Nottingham or the De Vere and are bound by their term and conditions.
AUA cannot accept responsibility for any room bookings so please contact The University of Nottingham or the De Vere directly should you have any queries.