Events > Big Conversation



There’s a time for talking. And a time for listening. And there’s a time for both...

Given the ongoing uncertainty in our daily lived experience of the pandemic, we’ve chosen to bring you the Big Conversation 2021 in two parts.

  • a virtual day for all members on 11 October, and
  • an in-person Directors’ Development Day to be held at Woburn House, London on 14 October

This is the fifth annual Big Conversation event: a fast-paced debate on current topics surrounding HE and estates. It will be a day of discussion and knowledge-sharing, with speakers and delegates reflecting on learnings from their institutions and careers. As we continue to innovate and improve across the sector how can universities provide the best learning environments for the next generation of students? 

The theme of our 2021 event is ‘Agile Working.

The virtual event will consist of two keynote plenary sessions focusing on this theme as well business sessions and AUDE Special Interest Group breakout sessions all debating and discussing our central topic. Our speakers have been carefully chosen to offer different points of view. These will be thought-provoking sessions that spark great conversation and debate.

The in-person Directors' Development Day will carry on the conversation from the virtual event and will provide a chance finally to network with colleagues and AUDE supporters. The event will consist of 3 plenaries, a panel debate, and a networking drinks reception. 

Click on the programme tabs above to find out more information. 


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