W100 Annual Conference 2019: Manchester, UK

A Reputation for Relevance – Universities Engaging with Society

The World 100 Reputation Network Conference is the key annual opportunity for highly ranked universities - both members and non-members - to share reputational achievements.

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.

The theme 'A Reputation for Relevance - Universities Engaging with Society' will allow us to explore 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.

Conference highlights:

Taking science to the masses
Professor Brian Cox OBE, The University of Manchester | Britain’s most popular cosmologist and Renaissance man takes us behind the scenes of some of his global engagement and the impacts it has had on physics and Manchester. 

Dutch City Innovation Ignition | Rowinda Appelman, Dutch Government | How 19 Dutch cities are driving innovation in education.

Demonstrating impact | Nicky Old, Universities UK | The story and purpose behind #MadeAtUni – a campaign to brings to life the impact of universities on people, lives and communities. 

The Liberty Paradox | Monique Mourits, Utrecht University & Renee Merkx, Leiden University | How should universities respond to freedom of speech challenges in relation to developments in both social media and in politics?

The Civic Challenge | Lord Bob Kerslake, Civic University Commission | What sort of relationship should a university have with its 21st Century City?


Conference Programme

Our speakers

Professor Brian Cox OBE
The University of Manchester

David Estok
University of Toronto

Renee Merkx
Leiden University

Lord Bob Kerslake
Civic Universities Commissions

Johanna Lowe
The University of Sydney

Jonathan Grant
King's College London

Nicky Old
Universities UK

Philippe Beauregard
Concordia University

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell
The University of Manchester

Rowinda Appelman
Dutch Government

Monique Mourits
Utrecht University

Study Tour | 12-13 September 2019

Fully booked - contact W100 to be added to the waiting list

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. We will hear about the university's unique challenges around research communications, with senior staff leading sessions and in-depth discussions, and will also experience the vibrant city of Belfast and its many cultural attractions.

Find out more about this year's Study Tour>

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!

Delegate Fees

Delegate fees include all meals during conference hours, conference materials, and access to copies of digital presentations for internal use, This does not include travel or accommodation.

Members of the World 100 Reputations Network: Free

Additional Network member: 750 GBP

All other delegates: 900 GBP