AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019 | Higher Education: Fit for the future?

University of Manchester

Monday 15 April 2019 to Tuesday 16 April 2019

08:00 to 16:00

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Higher Education: Fit for the future?
AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition
15 to 16 April 2019 | University of Manchester

For over 55 years, the AUA Annual Conference has been our flagship event and the highlight of the HE calendar. Each year, we curate an unrivaled programme that brings you the latest sector developments, best practice, and opinion from specialists and leading practitioners. You’ll be inspired by over 50 workshops delivered by professionals with broad experience of the realities of working in HE and exchange ideas with like minded individuals. Moreover, you will be spending two days with over 600 colleagues from across the sector and the world, in the ideal context to grow your professional network.

Our promise


Each year we aim to improve on the previous years’ event.  This is what delegates fed back to us about the 2018 Annual Conference:

95.3% of last year’s attendees said they would attend again

96.4% would recommend the Conference to a colleague


“I really enjoyed it […] I left with the feeling of being educated and enlightened personally. Some of the sessions were truly inspiring and made me think about going back to studying myself. It had a nice, non-pretentious feeling and was a good opportunity to meet other people and learn about their experiences. And, all in all, how we are as persons reflects in our working culture, you can’t separate it.”

“It was an excellent conference. Very well organised and a credit to the AUA.”

“This was my first time at the Annual Conference and I enjoyed every minute of it, I got so much out of it and was very impressed with the whole organisation. I met some useful contacts and have already started to utilise these. I definitely plan on returning every year!”

I learned so much – about coaching, resilience, coaching again and managing a web development. Massively exceeded my expectations and made me very proud to be a member of AUA!

“Cannot wait to return!”

Our early bird offer ***Now extended until 30 September***


We might not have a finalised programme yet, but we do have a fantastic track record of entertaining, informing and engaging HE Professionals at our Annual Conference. Our large scale events set the tone for trends in HE administration and represent a pivotal occasion for HE professional support staff to discuss, exchange and debate ideas about the current issues facing the sector.

Be an early bird and book before 30 September to take advantage of this offer.  As a member this means a 30% discount!

Our Gala Dinner is one of the highlights of the Conference, where you will get the chance to network with fellow professionals in an elegant setting and celebrate the achievements of HE professionals at the AUA Annual Awards.

Did you know that non members booking a full package will receive one year’s free membership?


  Early Bird (2 July to 30 Sept 2018) Standard (5 November 2018 to 25 March 2019)
  Non member Member (30% discount) Non Member Member (25% discount)
Full attendance (includes Gala Dinner) £475.00 £332.50 £540.00 £405.00
Monday day delegate | day only £306.00 £214.20 £370.00 £277.50
Tuesday day delegate | day only £306.00 £214.20 £370.00 £277.50
Monday evening Gala Dinner only £102.00 £71.40 £122.40 £91.80
All prices are excluding VAT

The prices do not include accommodation. We will soon be releasing some accommodation options that we are currently working on with our partners from Conference Care. In the meantime, check out some helpful links: