The theme for the 2019 World 100 Reputation Network Annual Conference, to be held in Manchester, has been confirmed, with a focus on how universities can build reputation through working with their communities and wider society.

The conference, which takes place on 10-11 September 2019, will be entitled A Reputation for Relevance – Universities Engaging with Society.

We are now looking for speakers, for both plenary sessions and workshops, and would welcome any suggestions from W100 members. Please send any thoughts to

Themes might include the 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.

One session already planned is a round-table with high profile media academics; any suggestions from members about faculty at their university who have a strong presence in the media – and understand the benefit this might bring to the institution’s reputation – would be very welcome.

Alan Ferns, Sally-Ann Sykes & 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.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester.