University of Leicester eBulletin

University of Leicester Set to Hold Biggest Ever Conference

June 2002
No 127

The University of Leicester has announced it is set to hold its biggest ever conference as the UK celebrates the contribution of the multi-million pound industry during National Meetings Week (June 17-21).

The University of Leicester consistently attracts international and national conferences which help to pour tens of thousands of pounds into the local economy, boost funds for education and provide employment for hundreds of local people.

Now the University is preparing to host one of the nation’s biggest science events – the British Association’s Festival of Science which attracts some 400 scientists, 200 journalists, 3,000 delegates and 5,000 students and pupils. The Festival is one of the highlights of the University’s 80th Anniversary and  takes places from September 9-13.

Sarah McRobbie, Conference Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “Conferences at the University of Leicester are rapidly increasing year on year and currently 322 members of staff are employed at the University in the delivery of conference services, which also helps the local economy to thrive. 

“The University of Leicester conference service is a major employer of local people and attracts over 12,500 delegates to the city a year. Many of these bring repeat business as Leicester boasts excellent communication networks and conference facilities.

“In particular, the University’s excellent academic reputation acts as a magnet for events as does the attractive location for events in period residences by the botanic garden or on our academic campus.

National Meetings Week is an initiative backed by the industry’s major trade associations representing buyers and suppliers and will also highlight the effectiveness of live events and other meetings as a serious and effective business communication medium.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact:

Sarah McRobbie , Conference Sales & Marketing Manager , University of Leicester Conference Services , Stamford Hall , Leicester LE2 2ND, Tel:+ 44 (0) 116 271 9933 , Fax:+ 44 (0) 116 272 0352 , www.le.ac.uk/conference/

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