AUDE Annual Conference


AUDE Annual Conference 2023

Thank you so much to everyone involved in the AUDE Conference 2023 which was held between 3 and 6 April at the University of Liverpool. We are immensely grateful to everyone for their contributions, whether that is as a delegate, a speaker, an exhibitor or supporter. The headline supporters for #AUDE23 were Overbury, Atkins, Faithful+Gould, while Gleeds were the supporters for the AUDE Awards in 2023.

It is impossible to pick out highlights and with sessions not being recorded we’d recommend quick action next year to get your booking in on time! Our theme for conference was ‘Our place in the world’, and our opening plenary looked at the way our host city of Liverpool has risen and fallen on the economic tides, with an introduction from Lord Heseltine OM, one of the key figures in the regeneration of the city since the 1980s. Other key sessions included Roger Martin-Fagg, a frequent visitor to AUDE conferences with his usual trenchant explanations of the state of the UK economy; the uplifting session from Hayley Mulenda; and John Amaechi OBE on the role of allyship in leadership. But every session was the result of careful preparation and thought, and we are grateful for every speaker’s efforts in creating interesting material for AUDE delegates to consider.

During the AUDE Annual General Meeting, AUDE Secretary gave retiring AUDE Treasurer Andrew Burgess of Lancaster University our collective very best wishes on behalf of the association, and reminded delegates of the 2019 agreement to raise subscription rates annually by 2%. In the immediate aftermath of the AGM we published our annual report. As AUDE Chair Umesh Desai remarks in it, "This association gets busier and busier. As AUDE Chair of course I’m going to say that this isn’t an accident. It’s a result of choices made over a number of years. We’ve made a conscious decision to support the development of a widening circle of special interest groups working under the AUDE umbrella, and for these to be strategic in nature, so we can develop the high level thinking in these specialist areas that is needed. Our recently formed group for risk and assurance is an example and I look forward to more special interest groups potentially coming on stream in the second half of my tenure as Chair. We’ve also made a conscious decision in recent years to broaden the focus of the association, so that despite our name, we support colleagues at other levels of seniority than simply the director role."

Those present at conference might also remember Jane White’s reference to our growing programmes for those looking for coaching, our work shadowing programme for those seeking to gain a new perspective via a short placement in another university, and to our development fund which can help pay for a specific piece of training or project development. Drop us a note for all these opportunities and more.

On the final evening of conference delegates were able to join us at Liverpool's amazing St George's Hall for the 2023 AUDE Awards. Information on all of our winners can be found on this website.

Finally, AUDE are delighted to announce that we raised £3,327 at the conference for Prevent Breast Cancer.  Thank you all for your kind and incredibly generous donations. Your contributions will make a huge difference to people’s lives and help us raise the essential funds required to achieve the ‘National Breast Imaging Academy’. 

AUDE are looking forward to welcoming delegates, speakers and supporters to 
Northumbria University 15 - 18 June 2024 - more details will be announced shortly. 

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