W100 Annual Conference 2019: Manchester, UK

A Reputation for Relevance – Universities Engaging with Society

The W100 Annual Conference 2019 will take place at The University of Manchester in Manchester, UK, 9-11 September. Sally Sykes, Director of Communications and Marketing, and Alan Ferns, Associate Vice-President of External Relations and Reputation, will be our hosts. The conference will focus on how universities can build reputation through working with their communities and wider society.

Themes will include: how universities are building a reputation for working with local communities; how students are prepared for roles as citizens; how we prove higher education is contributing to society.

Our colleagues at The University of Manchester are already well advanced in planning a fantastic programme for Members' Day on 9th September and an engaging social programme for the whole conference.


Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Brian Cox OBE

The University of Manchester

Lord Bob Kerslake

Civic Universities Commissions

Nicky Old

Universities UK

Members Day | 9 September 2019

Our Manchester hosts have put together a fantastic Members’ Day*, with an optional trip to Old Trafford stadium, home of Manchester United, or to the BBC studios in Salford. This will be followed by a boat trip along the canal from Salford Quays to Castlefield and a walking tour of the city. The Members’ Day dinner will take place in the awe-inspiring Living Worlds gallery at the Manchester Museum.

*Members only - one place per institution


The recommended conference hotel is the brand new Crowne Plaza which is just a few minutes walk from the conference venues. You can book here: www.mbs.ac.uk/hotel

Please select the credit card payment option which will give you access to the University preferential rate.

Alternatively, we can suggest the Innside Manchester hotel which is a 15-20 minute walk from the conference venues. 

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester!

W100 Study Tour 2019 - FULLY BOOKED*

Following the conference in Manchester, a group of W100 members will head across to Belfast for a couple of days at Queen's University Belfast - a prestigious Russell Group UK university which is building a global reputation.

Queen’s was judged the leading global online brand in last year’s World 100 Brand Snapshot research project.  The team responsible for the brand review that drove this achievement will give us an insight into what informed their decisions and to tell us more about how they developed Global Research Institutes/Pioneer Research Programmes to enhance their reputation. 

We will also visit a number of leading academic centres at Queen's covering a range of topics from cell biology to global peace, and the latest in communication technology.

Then finally, a chance to explore historic Belfast, lauded by Lonely Planet for its energy and lively atmosphere. We will visit the Titanic Visitor Attraction and consider the analogy of the vast amounts of unseen work that go into improving a university’s reputation beneath the visible tip of the iceberg!

We will stay at the newly built Grand Central Hotel with its observatory overlooking the city’s rooftops.

*Please contact the World 100 office if you wish to be added to the waiting list for a place.

NB Exact details are yet to be confirmed and the programme is subject to change.

W100 will arrange your flight from Manchester to Belfast on the Wednesday evening and your accommodation for Wednesday and Thursday night for which you will be invoiced (estimated cost is £450).

One free place per member institution. Requests for additional places will be added to a waiting list. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Flight from Manchester to Belfast Wednesday 11th September 1850 departure – 1945 arrival with FlyBe – seats are already reserved. The programme will end at approx. 3pm on Friday 13 September.