From the historical spires of Oxford to the ancient heritage of St Andrews, universities cover the length and breadth of the UK offering conference and events organisers something different. Excellent facilities are provided at affordable prices and with over 100 universities around the country, there’s bound to be one not too far from you.
• Great value – often more affordable than many hotels and conference centres
• Versatile and flexible
• Simulating environment relevant to learning, information sharing and idea generation
• Hire options in term time for non-residential events, and residential options for those out of semester.
• Excellent facilities for a range of group sizes and meeting contexts
Here’s a selection of some of the best to whet your appetite:
The University and Colleges of Oxford provide outstanding facilities and great value for meetings, conferences and celebratory dinners. Imposing stone-coloured facades and stunning modern architecture give a sense of purpose, whilst hidden quadrangles and lovingly tended gardens encourage creativity and individual thinking.
Delegates and guests never fail to be inspired. The experience can continue in the ancient college dining hall, a concert in the distinctive seventeenth-century Sheldonian Theatre, or a theatrical performance on a summer's evening in a college garden - the opportunities are endless.
Cambridge University and the Cambridge Colleges offer an extensive portfolio of academic venues which can be hired for all types of event. Famous people from all walks of life have studied and researched at Cambridge: William Wordsworth, John Milton and Charles Darwin to name but a few. With a long history of illustrious names and surroundings of such stunning beauty, it is hardly surprising that Cambridge makes a deep impression on all who come to this ancient centre of learning.
Warwick Conference Park set in 700 acres of parkland is located on campus and is ideal for large groups. The Arts Centre can hold up to 1200 people theatre style whilst the Big Space offers multi-functional space for 1250 people. With over 850 en-suite bedrooms this venue provides extensive versatility.
Conference Hertfordshire offers outstanding facilities for conference organisers all on one site. This includes 1600 en-suite bedrooms, a state-of-the-art auditorium seating 450, three additional theatres, 50 conference and syndicate rooms plus a Sports Village with indoor pool, fitness facilities and outdoor sports pitches.
Cardiff University offers great year-round and summer only facilities, and has over 2000 en-suite bedrooms and was used for the Special Olympics in 2001. Geographically this a great option, particularly when accommodation and conference space in the city is scarce.
Exeter University's Streatham Campus is the West Country’s premier conference venue. It offers flexible conference and exhibition facilities with over 300 bedrooms on campus within immaculately landscaped grounds. The Great Hall, the largest auditorium, is a unique and impressive conference venue. The acoustics in the Hall are excellent, making it a popular venue for plenary meetings, concerts and banquets.
The University of Durham can host a full range of events, from meetings for 10 to residential conferences for several hundred delegates. Venues range from the historic University College in Durham Castle, to the modern Van Mildert College in a beautifully landscaped, lakeside setting. Accommodation is generally available during the summer with 600 en-suite single rooms and 100 en-suite twins. 60 beds are available all year.
St Andrews University is the oldest university in Scotland and third oldest in the world. The Younger Hall seats 1000 people whilst there are 50 seminar rooms to choose from. Accommodation is spread across the city in various well equipped facilities. A full Scottish breakfast always makes the stay worthwhile!
Edinburgh Conference Centre gives you everything you need for a successful event in one location including dedicated conference facilities for up to 600 people, 10002 metres of exhibition space and en-suite accommodation are available throughout the year.