The University of Manchester Conferences and Venues is an experienced conference team who offer a portfolio of flexible venues suitable for everything from large international association conferences to corporate events and meetings, with venues right in the heart of central Manchester.
In the city centre, our Renold Building has three ground floor theatres, the largest seating 524, together with 900 square metres of exhibition space off a central foyer space making it ideal for national and international conferences. There are a further 5x150 seat theatres and 20 breakout rooms.
On the same site, Manchester Meeting Place and the Barnes Wallis building provide dedicated day meeting facilities year round for 8-200 people. Manchester Meeting Place has 10 meeting rooms which include two boardrooms and flexible meeting rooms seating 20-90 theatre style,all come equipped with a data projector, screen,flipchart and free Wi-Fi access. There is also a 100 seat restaurant or the more informal Hub where delegates can enjoy refreshments and buffet style lunches. The Barnes Wallis building has two meeting rooms, one seating 65 cabaret style and the other seating 150 cabaret style, the rooms also work well together as meeting space for up to 120 theatre style with poster/exhibition and catering. Across the campus, the neo-Gothic Sackville Street Building has the Great Hall, a stunning setting for presentations up to 300 and formal dinners for 180, and the Entrance Hall which works well for pre-dinner drinks receptions or daytime catering.
Across the city centre on the Oxford Road Campus, is our flagship conference venue, University Place, a popular choice for national and international conferences, with a 1000 seat auditorium which divides into a 600 and 280 seat theatre, along with 23 seminar rooms, a 450 seat restaurant, a 500m2 exhibition space and adjacent marquee area.
The Whitworth Hall sits across the road from University Place and with its woodpanelled walls and hammerbeam roof has a "Harry Potter" feel to and is an amazing space to host drinks receptions and formal dinners in. Next door is the equally impressive Christie's Bistro which hosts dinners for up to 120 and drinks receptions for 200.
The latest addition to our venue portfolio is the Core Technology Facility which is a light, contemporary space available for year round meeting from 8 boardroom to 120 theatre style.
All of our venues offer a high specification of audio-visual equipment and free Wifi access managed by our in-house Media Services team and we pride ourselves on being able to cater for anything from a sandwich lunch to a 3 course banquet, using locally sourced ingredients within our sustainable menus.
Our student accommodation is available in the halls of residence during the summer, and now includes 1000 brand new rooms at Unsworth Park close to our major sports facilities which has a large indoor sports hall and over 20 outdoor grass pitches.
Other services include ConferCare, a full conference administration service, a hotel booking agency and exhibition services. All of our venues have their own events team to ensure that organisers have a point of contact through their event.