Academic venues are great...

Academic venues are great...
 
 

Let's get some things straight. Academic venues are great places. They harbour a multitude of historical facts, features, people and events. They are places known across the world, and known as brand ambassadors for the cities, towns and regions they represent. Academic venues are exactly what they say they are. They are places that people meet to discuss, agree, disagree, confer and debate. Essentially, they are meeting places.

So, why are they great places to hosts events?

Historical hubs and technical teaching spaces
One thing that makes academic venues so different to their competition, is that they are often numerous types of venues in one location. Universities, for example, are often spread across huge rural campus or city centres, and might have their original 19th century teaching building, located adjacent to a newly built lecture complex with breakout and refreshment spaces.

Most academic venues can offer something different from the standard hotel meeting space. For the most part, universities have been around for many years and while they boast state-of-the-art conference facilities and all the latest AV that goes with that, many of these facilities may be located in the most architecturally stunning historic buildings or be set within acres of beautiful parkland.

All colleges and universities have one purpose – to enable groups to meet and teach. And these space need to have cutting-edge audio-visual equipment and the highly specialised technical staff to support it.

Getting the best value for your budget
One of the most important factors when planning events and conferences is going to be the budget available of the venue catering and accommodation. Many academic venues can offer a flexible approach to pricing and how they quote, which some branded hotels are often unable to do. And, many still offer exceptional value, with day delegate rates as low as £18 a person.     

Sleeping and eating
On average we sleep for 25 years of our lives, and eat around 35 tons. Sounds excessive, but shows that in the context of meeting, it is an important aspect. As academic venues are no longer niche propositions and over the last few years they have raised their profile and now sit comfortably alongside conventional event spaces, and they don’t compromise on standards in facilities, service, accommodation and catering. For example, many venues now boast chefs that have won prestigious culinary awards once seldom found outside the kitchens of five star hotels.

People shouldn’t assume all academic venues are just student rooms, many now have at least one bespoke high quality conference centre with everything up to bespoke 4* equivalent as part of their package. Add to all that the fact that Venuemasters can boast access to a total of 49,200 bedrooms. And don’t think in terms of the kind of accommodation you may have experienced when you were a student. In today’s academic establishments, almost all the rooms have ensuite bathrooms or showers and superb catering facilities that can feed any number of delegates, rapidly with quality cuisine.

And finally, expertise on hand
The conference management and events teams at our venues live and breathe events. Many of the team members have been there for a number of years and have probably seen it all. Although, in this industry there’s always something new comes along. So, you will benefit from continuity, friendliness and an altogether more personal service, with a dedicated event manager. P.S. Coping with 1,000 students and staff wanting to get online means academic venues have to provide superfast Wi-Fi, above and beyond the standard of your standard meeting places. Now, surely that has to be a key reason why academic venues are great places to host events.