The Conference ‘Getting It Right - A Community Approach: A National Context’ will be a two day national event held in Manchester with a view to sharing best practice in relation to off campus activity in relation to the HEI sector.  The format will follow on from the Reading Conference held in 2013.


This conference will bring together colleagues from universities, local councils and students' unions to examine the latest trends in university and community engagement and provide an opportunity to share best practice with those working in the field. The conference will build on the discussions held last year to determine how key players are ‘getting it right’ from both a national and international perspective. Sessions will be held to share unique ways to respond to the impacts on housing and neighbourhoods where students have a strong presence. We will discuss how universities, local authorities, residents and other agencies are working together to overcome challenges and ensure that communities benefit from and value their universities. We’re delighted to have some excellent confirmed speakers from across the UK and United States.


Date: 18th and 19th November 2014

Venue: Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre - a Grade II listed mansion set in 5 acres of gardens, the hotel is a 3 star AA rated establishment owned and managed by The University of Manchester


Registration for the conference is now open

The conference information pack can be downloaded here

Contact the NCC team here to make your booking


Guest speakers include:


Sir Howard Bernstein  -  Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Sir Richard Leese  -  Leader, Manchester City Council

Professor Rod Coombs  -  Deputy Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Will Spinks  -  Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, The University of Mancheter

Professor Kevin Ward  -  Professor of Human Geography, The University of Manchester

Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard  -  Deputy Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University

Mary Heaney  -  Director of Services, Manchester Metropolitan University

Beth Bagwell  -  Executive Director of the International Town and Gown Association

Susan Stafford  -  Director of Off-Campus Housing & Neighbourhood Relations and winner of the Larry Abernathy Award, The University of Colorado, Boulder

Carolyn Uphill  -  Chairman of the National Landlords Association

Melanie Futer MBE  - Off Campus Student Affairs Manager, The University of Nottingham

Alison Barlow  -  Community Relations Officer, Loughborough University

Professor Darren Smith  -  Social Population Geographer and Ass. Dean, Loughborough University

Ann Westgarth  -  Community Relations Manager, University of Reading

Trevor Seeley  -  Head of Stakeholder Relations, The University of Warwick

Sian Astley  -  Property expert, TV presenter and community campaigner

Amanda Jackson  -  Community Engagement Manager, The University of Leeds

Dee Corbett  -  Community Affairs Manager, Queen's University Belfast


If you would like further information please contact or call 0161 275 7680.