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AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition

Beyond Brexit: embracing uncertainty, defining our purpose, sustaining successful professionals

26 to 27 March 2018

AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018

The University of Manchester, 26 to 27 March 

Beyond Brexit: embracing uncertainty, defining our purpose, sustaining successful professionals

The extraordinary challenges for higher education, posed by the uncertainties of the political and economic landscape, present complex and unprecedented strategic demands on our institutions. Whatever our own role, the impact of these challenges is being felt by us all, as individual HE professionals, as colleagues, and as those who care passionately about higher education and about students. To reflect the breadth and scope of this complexity and the extraordinary times through which we are living, the theme for the AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018 is; Beyond Brexit: embracing uncertainty, defining our purpose, sustaining successful professionals.

#AUA2018 is an unrivalled opportunity for you to join and connect with colleagues across the breadth of the HE Sector, from all corners of the world, to develop your understanding of the risks and opportunities ahead, to share the issues facing you in your own role, and to support one another to meet these challenges together.

Online bookings have now closed. If you’d like to secure your spot for the AUA Conference, please email with your information, including the sessions and social events you are interested in.

Programme at a glance

26 March 2018

Registration | networking and exhibition: 8.00 to 10.30

Plenary One and PgCert graduation: 10.30 to 12.00

Working Session One: 12.15 to 13.30

Lunch, networking and exhibition: 13.30 to 14.20

Keynote Session One: 14.20 to 15.10

Break  | networking and exhibition: 15.10 to 15.50

Working Session Two: 15.50 to 17.05

AGM: 17.10 to 18.00

 27 March 2018

Registration: 8.00 to 9.30

Working Session Three: 9.30 to 10.45

Break | networking and exhibition: 10.45 to 11.25

Plenary Two: 11.25 to 12.25

Lunch, networking and exhibition: 12.25 to 13.15

Keynote Session Two: 13.15 to 14.05

Working Session Four: 14.15 to 15.30

Break | networking and exhibition: 15.30 to 15.50

Question Time: 15.50 to 17.00

Conference close: 17.00

Venue and accommodation


The Annual Conference and Exhibition takes place at The University of Manchester, 176 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9QQ

The Gala Dinner takes place at The Principal Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA



We have partnered with Conference Care to bring you reduced rates for a variety of hotels located within walking  distance of the conference venue.

This accommodation offer is now closed.

If you have any issues with your booking, please contact Conference Care.


(Please note: The closing date for bookings is 11 March 2018)

Conference prices excluding VAT

PackageMemberNon member
Full package£395£526.67
Monday day participant - day only£270£360
Tuesday day participant - day only£270£360
Gala Dinner£90£120

Conference prices including VAT

PackageMemberNon member
Full package£474£632
Monday day participant - day only£324£432
Tuesday day participant - day only£324£432
Gala Dinner£108£144

Please note that the ‘Non Members Full Package’ includes 1 years AUA membership.

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