Events students and staff attended the Meetings Industry Association (mia) ‘Stop & Think’ Anniversary Conference on Friday 12 June, reporting on the conference throughout the day and producing articles and a summary publication for attendees.

Led by Emma Heslington and Chloë Matthews in our University’s Event Support Services (ESS) team, BA (Hons) Events Management students Gabrielle Doolan, Caris Etherington and Olivia Wright-Lewis and BA (Hons) International Business student Sukbir Kaur worked with BBC Breakfast business journalist, Steph McGovern, to write articles from each session during the day-long conference.

Steph then used these articles as part of her closing keynote and the team's reports on the eight sessions, quotes, and social media monitoring formed part of a 13-page publication which was completed by the close of the event and can be viewed here.

Emma Heslington, Event Support Service Co-ordinator at our University, said: “It was an intense, deadline driven day of notes, interviewing and editing and we are delighted with the finished product. I am very proud of the ESS team and the fantastic UKCEM students we worked with who were professional, motivated and talented. Custard Communications and Steph McGovern were great to work with, taking the time to share their invaluable knowledge."

The mia is one of the largest and fastest growing trade associations in the sector. For nearly 25 years, they have been connecting people, ideas and best practice. The association has facilitated meetings, debates and gatherings with some of the brightest minds in the industry to solve business problems and to facilitate learning in order to advance the standards of conference, meetings and events facilities and service throughout the UK.

The Event Support Service (based at the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) at our University) is run by qualified events management graduates and fresh-thinking undergraduates. Olivia, who is taking part in the mia conference, is also set to begin a year’s work placement with the team starting in August. The Service provides high quality expertise to clients, ensuring that events reach their full potential. The team provides everything from full event management to support on staffing, social media campaigns, marketing or consultancy on event design. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0113 812 9161.