Exhibition and sponsorship

The AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition is a highlight of the higher education calendar. The largest of its kind, it attracts up to 750 HE professionals representing the full diversity of the sector. Its reputation is backed by a rich history spanning 25 years.

The exhibition is an essential part of the conference and participant experience. Being a part of it has many benefits. It provides the opportunity to meet HE professionals to increase sector presence, encourage brand awareness and showcase your services directly to a targeted audience.

Our 2018 sponsors and exhibitors

Our 2018 sponsors and exhibitors


Achievability (an Electric Paper company) is helping HEIs to make sense of big data in education, gain actionable insights into teaching and develop learning structure, to create more data driven HE institutions.

We are a full service provider for HE in the area of Survey Data Analytics. Achievability helps improve the delivery and design of programmes through the EvaMetrics cloud based platform that drive high survey response rates, powerful reporting for all stakeholders and provides context and comparison through our community based module benchmark for universities.


Advanced Secure Technologies specialise in providing technologies to secure and streamline the processes for issuing degree certificates, transcripts, diplomas, HEARs and other official documents – delivering both electronic and laser printed formats.  Our Digital Certificates web application provides Graduates with a self-service solution to view their secure eDocuments and also share them with employers, other universities and colleges.  At the AUA Conference 2018, we will be showcasing our new secure document technologies.



CELCAT is a world leader in timetabling & attendance monitoring software for Universities and Colleges, the developer of the popular Timetabler product suite that is used by hundreds of institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide. Additonally CELCAT offers training and consultancy to assist FE and HE organisations timetable effectively and demonstrate how an accurate timetable becomes an invaluable management tool to facilitate informed practical decisions within your organisation.



Collabco’s aim is to equip ambitious educational organisations with an integrated Digital Campus gateway that delivers the ultimate online experience, leading to increased recruitment, participation and satisfaction via our myday platform.


ede & ravenscroft

Established 1689, Ede & Ravenscroft has a rich history of Academic Dress. We provide Institutions across the world with Graduation Services that exceed their expectations. From initial planning to the actual graduation event, we provide a seamless service including Academic Dress, Photography, Web-Streaming, DVD production, Ceremony management, Ticketing, and Memorabilia. With three Royal Warrants for Robe Making, you can rest assured that no other company offers better quality Academic Dress worldwide than Ede & Ravenscroft.



eShare, a global company striving to improve governance by providing software to revolutionise meetings. Manage board meetings, risk, decisions and documents in one place, with our software. Electronic paperless meeting solution developed to save time, reduce administrative burden, streamline governance and increase security. Our software is used by over 500 clients in the UK and overseas across public, private and third sectors.


As a video production and streaming specialist we have been delivering creative live events, training and promotional videos for over 20 years. Specialising in live and on-demand video streaming, communicating your message through us, over the internet has never been easier. We also offer the ability for you to enhance your conferences and webinars through our bespoke presentation software iPresenter, which delivers synchronised presentation slides and video in High-Definition.


Future Finance is a specialist student lender in the UK. We believe money shouldn’t be a barrier to a great education. That’s why we provide student loans that are smart, fair and flexible.



What exactly is responsible and effective Good Governance? It is about people, culture, and behaviours. Being aware of sector best practice principles will help you reflect on how governance works in your institution and how this impacts on your own role.

At the forefront of public sector governance thought leadership, GGI has worked in the past year with a broad range of universities and will share experiences of the latest sector developments and trends.



Hague have been supplying secure print and software solutions to the HE sector for the last 14 years. Using this knowledge and experience we have built up a portfolio of products that help make your processes more secure and more efficient. The student experience is important to us, but so is the staff experience. Come and see us for advice.



Invisible Grail’s mission is to bring inspiration, creativity and authenticity to writing and communication for those who work in higher education.
We believe writing could, and should, have a greater impact for everyone in universities – to influence, persuade, negotiate, engage and connect. This has never been more needed than now.
We run a number of workshops and residential programmes across the UK, and work with universities to create bespoke programmes to meet local needs.



The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is an independent body with 20 years of experience in monitoring and advising on standards and quality in higher education. QAA plays an active role in international developments in quality assurance, working with government bodies, quality agencies and universities worldwide. Visit qaa.ac.uk.



SCD are an established business with over 25 years experience of providing secure print products and services. We provide secure printing of examination question papers, answer books, exam materials alongside online marking tools and certificate print/mailing.

We operate at a very high level of security that reassures Universities of the utmost confidentiality in their processes. We also help ensure full GDPR compliance.


The UK’s most popular provider of graduation photography and digital media, Tempest continues to offer a wealth of additional services to universities and colleges. As well as graduation portraiture (via the ‘Classic’ studio service and its high-end counterpart ‘Studio b3’), Tempest offer bespoke event ticketing software, cutting edge video production and now: a Graduate Gowning service – designed for the 21st century.



Weightmans deep knowledge of the HE sector gives us sharp insight into the issues you face. The Education team is wellknown for acting for a wide range of HE institutions across England and Wales.
Drawing on specialist expertise across our firm, we’re able to offer a full range of legal services tailored specifically for HE institutions.
So whether your query relates to estates, employment and HR, corporate and commercial, we can assist you.


Commercial opportunities

Commercial opportunities

We have a number of commercial opportunities available to be involved in the Annual Conference. Once you have decided on your package, please place your booking using our online form

If you have any questions or queries, please email exhibitions@aua.ac.uk.

(All of our packages are exclusive of accommodation. Accommodation must be arranged personally by the exhibiting/sponsoring organisation.)

Exhibition stand, £1650.00 + VAT

Our exhibition is one of the key attractions at our Annual Conference. We want to make our 2018 exhibition bigger and better than ever, not only creating valuable networking and commercial opportunities, but enhancing the overall experience for our delegates.

Supplier showcase, £800.00 + VAT

This is your chance to participate in 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 before 15 September 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
  • Your company profile included in the sponsor section of the Conference handbook (company logo and 75 word blurb)
  • An immediate tweet on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2018 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

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

Promotional inserts, £450.00 + VAT

A promotional insert is an opportunity to include your marketing material in our delegate packs which are given to all delegates (day delegates and full delegates, approximately 700 in total)

Advert in the conference handbook£250.00 + VAT

As standard all exhibitors and sponsors information will be included in a specific section of the conference handbook, there is however an additional option to draw further notice to your brand by purchasing a quarter page (87mm x 126mm) full colour advertisement within the handbook. Conditions apply. 

Hotspot, £175.00 + VAT 

Hotspots give you maximum exposure.  They are part of the opening plenary when the majority of delegates are in attendance. There are a maximum of 4 hotspot opportunities which will take place on Monday 26 March.

Gala dinner sponsorship – SOLD

By sponsoring the gala dinner your organisation will be acknowledged as a sponsor of this key and highly anticipated social event.

AUA awards sponsorship – SOLD

By sponsoring the AUA awards your organisation will be acknowledged as a sponsor of this celebration.

Sunday Social Sponsorship, £800.00 + VAT

The Sunday night social takes place prior to the Conference formally 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
  • Acknowledgement of sponsorship as part of the evening welcome
  • An immediate tweet/post on confirmation of your package posted using #AUA2018 and @your company (if a Twitter and/or Facebook user)
  • Inclusion as a sponsor in the conference handbook (companylogo and 75 word blurb)
  • Logo and click through on the AUA website to your website

Plenary Sponsorship, £1000.00 + VAT 

There are two opportunities to sponsor a plenary; the opening and closing plenary.

Advertisement in Newslink

We publish our hardcopy magazine three times a year. This is circulated out to approximately 3500 of our current and new members and is also published online in our members’ area of the website. Advertise your involvement in the AUA Annual Conference & Exhibition early and really extend your reach in the HE sector by promoting your brand with an advert in Newslink.

Conference delegate pack

For 2018 we are introducing the opportunity for each of our sponsors to contribute one branded item for inclusion in the delegate bag with no sponsorship fees included.

There is a wide selection of items to choose from, or you can suggest an alternative item you think would be useful for delegates.

Suggested items include;

  • Sticky notes
  • USB stick
  • Highlighter
  • Sweets
  • Tissues
  • Pens
  • Notepad
  • Mints
  • Water bottle
  • Power bank charger

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 5 March.

Welcome to #AUA2018