Sponsorship deal secures high-quality, low-cost English UK conferences
28 September 2016

English UK members can enjoy another year of high-quality professional conferences at the lowest possible cost thanks to a new sponsorship deal with Trinity College London.

This year's programme includes the revival of the Student Experience conference as well as a new series of webinars to help members get specialist training without travelling.

Sarah Cooper, chief executive of English UK, said she was delighted to renew the agreement. "Our supportive relationship with Trinity is one of the ways we bring high quality to our members without high costs, and we're very pleased that it is continuing."

Henry Tolley, head of business development (English language) at Trinity College London, said: "We're very happy to sign up to this sponsorship arrangement for the third year and to be able to support the whole spectrum of events for English UK members, from the Student Experience conference to the AGM."

The 2016-17 conference cycle begins on November 12 with the Teachers' Conference, to be held in London, followed by the Student Experience Conference later that month in Bournemouth and finally the Business English UK event in December.

In 2017, the Marketing Conference in London will be followed by the Management Conference in Edinburgh, the AGM and Annual Conference in Bristol and a Get Ready For Summer event in London.

A programme of training webinars is currently being arranged. Huan Japes, deputy chief executive of English UK, said this was in response to concerns raised during some member roadshows last year that it could be expensive for staff to travel to some training events. "Webinars aren't suitable for all the training courses we run, because working with colleagues can often be a very important element. But we're keen to offer some courses via webinar, to enable more of our members to take part," he said. 

"We understand that members would like more training close to where they are, but sometimes when we've organised courses there hasn't been enough uptake for them to run. This could be a very good solution to that problem in some cases."


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