W100 Conference

This year's World 100 Annual Conference will take place at The University of Manchester in Manchester, UK on the 9-11 September 2019. Sally Sykes, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Alan Ferns, Vice President for External Relations and Reputation, will be our hosts.

2019: The University of Manchester
A Reputation for Relevance - Universities Engaging with Society

This year's conference theme focuses on how universities can work more effectively with society and the return on investment in reputation. Speakers include Professor Brian Cox, Nicky Old and Lord Bob Kerslake.

A members day will precede the conference on 9 September, which is open to all members of the network. 

The Study Tour will follow the conference, hosted by Queen's University Belfast.

The World 100 Reputation Network Annual Conference

The most significant event in the Network’s calendar, the World 100 Reputation Network Annual Conference conference offers a key opportunity for members to share reputational achievements. 

The conference offers invaluable networking opportunities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. It allows members and non-members to exchange innovative perspectives on reputation, international relations and global brand building.

Attended by Vice-Presidents, Directors and Heads of Communications, Marketing and International Relations at top universities, the World 100 Annual Conference welcomes both members and non-members, plus attendees from organisations within the higher education industry. New members are always encouraged to contribute presentations which enables them to promote brand profile to some of the most important influencers in higher education.

As an international event with members from across the globe, the World 100 Annual Conference takes place in a different country each year. Each year, we explore a unique theme impacting reputation within the higher education environment.

2018: University of British Columbia, Canada
Differentiation and the World-Class University

2017: Utrecht University, Netherlands
Circles of Influence: Putting your University at the Heart of the Conversation

2016: Dublin City University, Ireland
Higher Narratives: Communicating University Reputation and Research through Storytelling, Heritage and Culture

2015: The University Sydney, Australia
Communicating Global Universities as Destinations and Experiences

2014: University of Michigan, United States
Transformation: Where World-Class Universities have to Change to Survive

Previous conference speakers include:


Prof. Bert van der Zwaan, Rector, Utrecht University and Chairman of LERU

Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Kazuo Ogata, Senior Vice President, Kyushu University

Dan Dillon, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Arizona State University

Diane Kenyon, Vice President, University Relations, University of Calgary

Paul Andrew, Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications, Harvard University

Rachel Sandison, Executive Director and Vice Principal, External Relations, University of Glasgow

Niraj Dawar, Professor, Ivey Business School, Western University

Each conference is preceded or followed by a Study Tour hosted by a top global university. Study Tours, available to members only, are two-day visits to a peer university to explore its strategic areas of research strength and teaching expertise while soaking up the culture of the city. Previous Study Tours include:

2018: University of Washington, Seattle and University of Calgary
The UW group explored the university's Be Boundless campaign, learnt about its Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) and CoMotion innovation hub and heard from UW experts on innovation and population health. Delegates experienced sun, seafood and coffee tasting at Ray's Boathouse, plus a UW campus tour. The Calgary group enjoyed a white September and heard sessions from UCalgary experts, including Energy and environment, Urban Evolution and Our Place in the universe. This was followed by cocktails and indigenous-inspired dinner at Glenbow Museum and a talk on the history of the Alberta mavericks.

2017: University of Groningen

2016: University of Glasgow

2015: Australian National University

2014: The University of Chicago and Western University