AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022

What now? Shaping our future

University of Manchester, 11 to 12 April 2022

What to expect from AUA 2022

We are delighted to share with you the theme for the 2022 AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition – 

‘What now? Shaping our future’ 

The events of last year disrupted everything we knew about the delivery of higher education. Professional services colleagues adapted their work by finding creative and innovative solutions to new problems and challenges, demonstrating remarkable flexibility and dedication to ensure the continuation of services throughout the chaos.

Under the 2022 theme we are working hard to develop a programme of expert presenters, lively debate and the latest learning from your colleagues across the AUA. As always, we plan to announce our plenary and keynote speakers in the Autumn with the full programme being released in the New Year. Following a prolonged period of uncertainty and change, join us as we ask, ‘What now? and reflect on recent learnings and experiences, share experiences and consider the challenging questions so we can look ahead and shape our future.

After a pause on face-to-face events, we can’t wait to welcome you back in person to connect and develop with colleagues from across the sector and as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations, we will be returning to Manchester, the home of the AUA since our establishment in 1961. 

Included as part of your face-to-face full package or available as a stand alone option, we will also be offering a condensed online version of the programme which covers the highlights. More details about this will be announced later in the year.

Early bird bookings are now open. To celebrate the AUA’s Diamond Jubilee year, the first 60 bookings include a £60 discount! 

Here is what some of our delegates thought of past AUA Annual Conferences:

Top level agenda

Hotel options

Conference prices

Early bird: 23 July to 30 September

Every year the AUA conference programme gets fantastic feedback from delegates. While we put the finishing touches to the 2022 programme we are offering a special early bird rate, so book before Thursday, 30 September to access the discounted rates below. All prices include VAT and we are pleased to include 12 months AUA membership for anyone who purchases the non-member full package.

This year, the AUA turns 60 and celebrates its Diamond Jubilee. As part of the celebrations, the first 60 people to book onto the Annual Conference 2022 will receive an additional £60 discount on top of their early bird price.

Early bird Full package
Member £399 | Non members £570
All full packages include the online offering and complimentary attendance at the gala dinner*

Early bird Monday only delegate
Member £252 | Non members £360

Early bird Tuesday only delegate
Member £252 | Non members £360

Gala dinner
Member £84 | Non members £120

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 invitation and we will only issue confirmation letters for fully paid bookings.

*AUA and Sustainability

Following a recent survey, we are pleased to announce that the Gala Dinner will again take place on the evening of Monday, 11 April and that we will be returning to the stunning Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, formerly known as the Principal Hotel. So let your hair down, dress to impress and we cannot wait to welcome you back.

Although for many, the Gala Dinner is a highlight of the AUA Conference, we understand that it may not be for everyone. For anyone who purchases the full package and does not plan to attend the Gala Dinner, we would be grateful if you could please let us know in advance to help us reduce the amount of potential food waste at the event.


As part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations and our ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are pleased to introduce a brand new bursary scheme for AUA members who would not ordinarily be able to attend the AUA Annual Conference due to lack of funding.

To find out more and apply, please visit this page.

Sponsorship and exhibition

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 c650 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

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

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