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Conferencing Update, April 2021


In a recent survey, 92% of our international students were satisfied with their overall arrival experience at the University and felt a real sense of belonging and a feeling of being made welcome! This fantastic outcome is a result of the hard work of the Conference team who have been running the international welcome services successfully since the beginning of September 2020.

The survey was undertaken amongst international and EU students arriving in autumn and January, students were asked about the bespoke international arrival and welcome services and how easy they found start-up processes and getting information/answers to questions. Transport from students’ arrival point, the food box, and responsive and friendly interactions with staff before and on arrival were highly valued. The University registration experience was also rated very positively.

The Conference Sales Team also continue to support the call centre and staffing for the on-campus test centre, as well as supporting the Residents Life team with the student event activity.


The team are supporting several schools and faculties to deliver virtual conference activity during Easter and into Summer 2021. These include:

  • Supporting Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine 71st Annual British Microcirculation and Vascular Biology Society Conference. Support will be offered through registration, abstract submission and providing a website.
  • Working with the Student Opportunity and Enhancement, the team will support the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2021. It’s confirmed to be a fully virtual event, postponed from 2020, with expected numbers over 600. The event will utilise the online registration platform and the University of Leeds Event App.
  • Alongside the School of Psychology, MEETinLEEDS will host the British Food Group with their annual conference, pivoting from a face-to-face event in Easter 2020 to a virtual event in April 2021. Registration recently opened on the relaunched conference website.

The Nightingale Court continues to operate on-site at Cloth Hall Court and this will remain for the spring and summer.

Read April updates from across the Facilities Directorate:

FD Bulletin, April 2021. Foreword by Dennis Hopper

Facilities Directorate Update, April 2021

Facilities Directorate Support Services Update, April 2021

Campus Support Services Update, April 2021

Estate Services Update, April 2021

Sustainability Services Update, April 2021

Residential Services Update, April 2021

Conferencing Update, April 2021

Great Food at Leeds Update, April 2021

Sport and Physical Activity Update, April 2021