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Winners revealed for the Academic Venue Awards!

Conference News hosted the second edition of the Academic Venue Awards on 27 November 2018, in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham.


The awards recognise excellence in the sometimes-overlooked academic sector of the events industry. The standard of entries was exceptionally high, and judges praised both the overall strength and evolution of the sector.


Comedian Ian Stone was on hand to host the evening, and handed out the 15 awards to their deserving winners. The event was hosted in association with Kinetic Solutions.


The full list of winners is below:



Best Accommodation

Imago Venues (The Link Hotel)


Best Conference Venue (Over 300 delegates)

Warwick Conferences


Best Conference Venue (Under 300 delegates)

Solent Conference Centre at Solent University


Best Exhibition Space

Nottingham Conference Centre


Best In-house Technology

Cloth Hall Court at Well Met (Leeds Beckett University)


Best Outdoor Space

Nottingham Conferences, University of Nottingham


Best Catering Service

College Court Conference Centre & Hotel


Best Training Venue

Imago Venues (Holywell Park Conference Centre)


Best Wedding Venue

University of Sheffield - Halifax Hall Hotel


Best Sustainability

Manchester Metropolitan University


Best Accessibility

University of Leeds


Best Marketing Campaign

Nottingham Conferences, University of Nottingham


Best Event Management Team

University of Strathclyde – Technology and Innovation Centre


Best Non-Residential Venue of the Year

Well Met at Leeds Beckett University


Best Residential Venue of the Year

Imago Venues