Academic Venue Solutions delighted to announce finalists for Annual Awards

A total of 22 members and venues have made the shortlist for the awards, which recognise the ‘best of the best’ across academic venues and is an opportunity to celebrate the sectors leading lights who are making a real difference and impact.

This year’s awards are a first for Academic Venue Solutions and will bring even more excitement to what promises to be a fantastic conference with the awards being held during the evening of the 7th December.

Rachael Lee, Membership Director at Academic Venue Solutions said We are incredibly excited to have introduced the awards to this year’s conference and are delighted and overwhelmed with the quantity and calibre of entries. The shortlisted nominees highlight the dedication, expertise and impact that they have as individuals and teams in academic venues across the country. They are constantly striving to improve the user experience, offer a more sustainable option and think differently. The judging panel was certainly impressed with the quality of entries”.

Clare Forster, Chair of the AVS Board and Conference Office Manager, University of Salford, said: “We are extremely grateful for the interest in submissions for all the awards, from so many amazing individuals and teams across this unique sector. We are so excited to announce the shortlist and are looking forward to announcing the winners on the 7th December”.

Award categories are:

  • Rising Star
  • Excellence in Environmental Sustainability
  • Creativity in Conferencing

The finalists are:

Creativity in Conferencing

  • Annabel Galligan, London Metropolitan
  • Kelly Allen, University of Leeds
  • UH Venues
  • Keele University Events & Conferencing
  • Leicester Conferences Events Team
  • Samantha Jones, Cornwall Plus Ltd
  • Marianne MacKinnon, University of St Andrews
  • Event Exeter Events Team, University of Exeter
  • Vicky Lee, University of Salford

 Rising Star 

  • Kerry Schofield, University of Leeds
  • Ryan Duffy, Warwick Conferences
  • Thomas Parker, Warwick Conferences
  • Tom Marsden, College Court Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Aleksandra Szwarczak, London Metropolitan University

Excellence in Enviornmental Sustainability

  • Hilary Barraclough, Lancaster University Conferences & Events+
  • Keele University Events & Conferencing
  • Warwick Conferences
  • MMU Conference and Events Team
  • Venue Reading
  • Lesley Turan and the Conferencing and Events Sustainability Team, Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Nottingham Venues