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, you can secure your place at the early bird rate until 2 September.


Early Bird

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.

Submitting a session proposal

Our guidance notes provide additional detail and practical information.

Submit your proposal  by 09.00 on Monday 16 September.
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.




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 (8 July to 2 September)

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. 


Early Bird


Accommodation is not included with the conference packages, however we have secured a number of bedrooms on campus which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We highly recommended booking 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 AUA 2020 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.

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

The exhibition is a central part of the Annual Conference. It provides a valuable networking and commercial opportunity for you, and enhances the overall conference experience for our delegates. There are a number of 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
  • Showcase your services to HE professionals

You can find a full breakdown of our Annual Conference 2020 Opportunities using this link to our document.


Book your exhibition package now