AUDE Conference is a success for all

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The Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) held its 25th Anniversary conference in the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School last week.

The annual conference, which was the culmination of two years of planning, brought together over 300 delegates, sponsors and exhibitors from universities around the UK to discuss strategic opportunities and challenges across HE Estates and Facilities.

Not only did Manchester Metropolitan University help organise and host a successful conference, but our Residential Life team won the award for Estates and Facilities Team of the Year at the AUDE Awards held during the conference.

Vice Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press opened the proceedings and the conference welcomed other notable guests across the three days – HRH The Duke of York, Dame Nancy Rothwell, Sir Howard Bernstein and ex-MP and cabinet minister Jack Straw.

Alongside the plenaries and interactive seminars, over 50 exhibitors showcased their services and expertise across the entire ground floor atria of the Business School.

Ian McManus, Director of Estates, was delighted with the support from colleagues in Services: “Sincere thanks to all of your team heroes who have made the AUDE conference probably the best ever! Feedback from sector colleagues and sponsors has been spectacular. They were blown away by the quality of speakers we assembled, the quality and cleanliness of our campus, the exceptional service they enjoyed and commented that the Business School was the perfect venue.  A great showcase for our professionalism, pride, teamwork and attention to detail. We can all be very proud.”

Emily Gilhooley from the Conference and Events team said, “It was fantastic to see all the planning come to fruition. The Business School looked amazing and there was a great buzz around the campus. Everyone worked hard in the run up to the conference and during the event itself, it was wonderful to get such positive feedback from delegates. Our teams displayed perfectly the ethos behind Ian’s theme for the conference of ‘Collaborative Partnerships’.”