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The Universities UK Annual Conference 2019

11 Sep - 12 Sep 2019, All Day
UK universities in a changing world 

The UUK annual conference is the largest annual gathering of UK university Vice-Chancellors and Principals. This year's conference theme is UK universities in a changing world and will focus on how universities can adapt to, and capitalise on, the opportunities presented by a changing landscape in a time of significant political and policy uncertainty. We are pleased to be hosting this year's conference at the University of Birmingham.

The conference will be held on Wednesday 11 - Thursday 12 September 2019. The first day of the conference, Wednesday 11 September, is open to Vice-Chancellors and Principals only, and the second day, Thursday 12 September, is open to Vice-Chancellors and Principals, alongside their senior leadership teams.

Who should attend

Vice-Chancellors and Principals are invited to attend both Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September. They may be represented by a deputy should they be unable to attend.

The UUK Annual Conference on Thursday 12 September is also open to the senior leadership of universities: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Chief Operating Officer or equivalent roles and also to Chairs of Council. We will also accept bookings from other university staff who have been asked to attend the conference by their Vice-Chancellor.

Wednesday 11 September is the UUK Annual Conference Members' Day, and is only open to Vice-Chancellors and Principals of UUK member universities.

How to book

If you meet the above eligibility and would like to request a place at the event, please contact the UUK Events team on events@universitiesuk.ac.uk or 020 7419 5535. We are very happy to have an informal discussion if you are unsure if the event is suitable for you.

If you have already received a personal invite, this should contain a link to the booking page within it. Please do get in touch if you have any questions at all.

Please note that we do not allow representatives of commercial organisations to attend the event, except for the select number who sponsor or exhibit at the event. If you are interested in finding out more about these opportunities, please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement on esther.dudley@universitiesuk.ac.uk or 020 7419 5412, who will be happy to share details of our bespoke Annual Conference packages.

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Universities UK


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