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. We are excited to announce that you can now find the details of our inspiring plenary and keynote speakers below, and can confirm that the full programme will be 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 are pleased to be offering a condensed online version of the programme which covers the highlights. You can find more details about this below.
Here is what some of our delegates thought of past AUA Annual Conferences:
Enjoyed all the sessions I attended – they were thought provoking and relevant.
I found the conference to be an excellent experience, it was well organised, interesting, inspiring, informative and motivating.
I really enjoyed the conference and think it is a valuable event for professional development and networking.
Thank you to everyone involved in the organisation – I had a fabulous experience. I really liked the feel of the conference – it felt very personal and I think this probably reflects the culture and ethos of the organisation.
Thank you for organising the conference so professionally, I enjoyed all the sessions I attended and thought the speakers were excellent.
As always, we are working hard to ensure that our members experience a varied and extensive programme with something for everyone. We are excited to announce our Opening Plenary speaker and our four keynotes. You can find details of their sessions below and a top level agenda using the link below.
Shaping the future of higher education: A reflection of the NMITE journey
Fifteen years ago, a group of entrepreneurs, citizens and politicians asked themselves the question, ‘Now what?’.
Herefordshire was one of two counties without a higher education institution and as a result, there was an exodus of young people; the county’s age demographic was one of the highest in the country; and attracting talent was near to impossible.
Together they set up to ‘Shape the Future’ of their community, the country, and possibly, of the HEI sector. They would create the first green field ‘university’ in the UK in decades.
With a blank piece of paper, twenty-five million pounds of grant funding from government and a vision and mandate to disrupt higher education, the NMITE journey began early in 2018.
Fast forward to 2022, the question to answer is, was creating a new HEI from scratch the way forward? What are the lessons learnt from this journey? And as this nascent organisation moves forward, should it be asking itself ‘now what’ and be already ‘reshaping its future’?
Our keynote speakers
Leeds University Union
Aidan will present a summary of the latest findings on student expectations and motivations from research undertaken with the student body at the University of Leeds. This includes both primary data gathered directly from the student body and secondary data from a range of literature and sources used to inform this work. This research is for the purposes of future planning for Leeds University Union and identifies the priority work required to address strategic impact. Aidan will propose how the role of the students’ union might be developing in response to these findings and discuss what this might mean for work alongside other University professional services.
Creating equitable staff and student experiences in a post-Covid world
University of Edinburgh
Taking it to Heart: The power of emotions in the leadership of change
Heidi Fraser Krauss
Session details TBC
All prices include VAT and we are pleased to include 12 months AUA membership for anyone who purchases the non-member full package.
Member £504 | Non-member £672
All full packages include the online offering and complimentary attendance at the gala dinner*
Monday only delegate
Member £342 | Non-member £456
Tuesday only delegate
Member £342 | Non-member £456
Member £112.50 | Non-member £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 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.
One of the biggest positives to come from last year is the ability to now be able to offer effective professional development online. Whilst we cannot replicate the full in-person experience, we are pleased to be able to offer a package for those who want to participate in the event but cannot or do not want to attend in-person.
Purchasing our online package will give you access to the following live sessions:
– Opening plenary
– Two of the keynote sessions (TBC)
– Panel debate
– Closing plenary
If you are unable to join live or would like to revisit them at any point, you will be sent the recordings of the sessions after the event has finished. Your online package will also give you access to our exciting and interactive conference app where you can engage with people attending both virtually and in-person.
Prices (including VAT):
Member £180 | Non-member £240
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.
Delivering a working session at the AUA Annual Conference
Thinking of delivering a working session at the AUA Annual Conference in April? Laura Roper (Bournemouth University Business School), Helen Matthews (University College London) and Hugh Jones (Hugh Jones Consulting) talk about their experiences of delivering a working session, and offer advice to those considering proposing a session.
Click here to submit a working session proposal.
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?