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Top reasons for choosing an academic venue for a conference

In a competitive market where new and unusual venues spring up almost daily, why would you choose an academic venue for your conference or meeting? The very name “academic venue” conjures an image of old fashioned facilities and inflexible ways of working. Or does it? There are several good reasons to choose an academic venue and here are just a few of them.

Value

The size of your budget will usually be the biggest single deciding factor when choosing a conference venue and it goes without saying that academic venues provide good value for money, offering a flexible approach to quotes, which hotel chains and conference centres are typically less able to do.

A blend of contemporary and history

Most academic venues can offer something different from the standard hotel meeting room. For the most part, universities have been around for many years and while they boast state-of-the-art conference facilities and all the latest AV that goes with that, many of these facilities may be located in the most architecturally stunning historic buildings or be set within acres of beautiful parkland.

Networking

Universities are built to accommodate large numbers of people with specific areas designed for congregating groups. These provide great networking/breakout spaces which is a key requirement for many organisers and arguably, the most valuable aspect of a conference.

Choice of facilities

Academic venues can offer a space to suit the most diverse of events. With everything from lecture theatres to small meeting rooms, sports halls, exhibition areas, refreshment and networking spaces, grand dining halls, large outdoor areas and overnight accommodation often all located very close by, you’ll be hard pushed to find more choice in a hotel or conference centre.

Event management expertise

Not only are the facilities for hire, but also the conference management service, delivered by a team of experts who live and breathe events on a daily basis. Add to this the fact that universities typically have a low staff turnover, clients are likely to benefit from continuity, friendliness and an altogether more personal service.