Our Annual Conference is a great place to get connected at every level in the higher education community.  As the largest conference of its kind in the sector, it attracts professionals from all corners of HE and not just from the UK.  Whether you’re coming from just up the road or the other side of the world we welcome everyone and provide the space and opportunity for you all to get connected. 




Sunday Social and Quiz

Sunday Social and Quiz


Benzie Building

The popular Sunday Social returns on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Manchester Metropolitan University host us in their new Benzie Building, home to Manchester School of Art. The location for the meal is the fourth floor reception space, with access to the roof terrace (click here for 360° photo) and stunning views over the campus and the city of Manchester.

Registration, drinks reception and networking start at 18:30 and run through to 22.30. During this time students from the School of Art will be conducting guided tours of the building, showing off the impressive vertical gallery, workshop areas, and displays of work from current students, and answering questions along the way.

The sit-down meal will be followed by the AUA Quiz giving you the opportunity to show off their in-depth knowledge of trivia in an effort to avoid winning the coveted wooden spoon!

Booking the Sunday Social and Quiz

  • If you are booking your conference place after 1 December you will be able to choose the Sunday Social as part of your package
  • If you previously booked an Early Bird conference place you can add the Sunday Social by contacting us on 0161 275 2063 or emailing

The prices for the Sunday Social and Quiz

  • Member – £42.00
  • Non-member – £60
  • Member speaker – £36.00
  • Non-member speaker – £54.00

Gala Dinner and Awards

The Principal Manchester ballroom

The Principal Manchester ballroom

Gala Dinner and Awards

Taking place in the grand ballroom at The Principal Manchester, the annual AUA Gala Dinner and Awards is one of the highlights of our annual conference.

This event is formal dress (not black tie).