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Outstanding conference and events facilities in the heart of vibrant Leeds
Whether you are looking for a day meeting or a fully managed conference with accommodation, the University of Leeds’ conference, meeting and events arm, MEETinLEEDS offers a comprehensive range of event facilities in the heart of the thriving city of Leeds.
Dominating the city’s skyline, the iconic gleaming white Parkinson Building provides an impressive entrance to the University, which was established over a century ago and offers a diverse collection of hugely attractive buildings ranging from the Victoria era to art deco through to modern architecture. The unique venues allow organisers to add some theatre to their event, regardless of whether it is a small meeting or large scale conference, all with access to the latest high-tech equipment and excellent, award-winning cuisine from sustainable buffets to silver service dinners.
This summer MEETinLEEDS welcomed over 288 events over its 100 day summer conference calendar. Events ranged from one to 31 day conferences, some with over 3,000 delegates in attendance.
The University of Leeds houses a wide range of facilities from a state-of-the-art 550 seat theatre and huge exhibition space in the heart of the campus to meeting rooms for small groups in more rural intimate surrounding such as Devonshire Hall, a traditional ‘Oxbridge’ style grade II listed building tucked away in a quiet and leafy area, yet just a mile from the bustle of the city.
Devonshire Hall offers a welcoming and friendly atmosphere thanks to its picturesque surroundings including beautiful lawns, courtyards and striking archways. Suitable for self-contained groups of up to 120 delegates in the main theatre style conference room, Devonshire Hall also benefits from a choice of smaller rooms perfect for breakout sessions. For down time Devonshire Hall also has an impressive choice of additional facilities including tennis, snooker and a fully-stocked lounge bar.
For those looking for a more central location, the prestigious University House situated in the heart of the campus, offers seven contemporary rooms all finished to an exceptionally high standard; perfect for meetings, fine-dining and receptions. Well known for its first–class facilities, University House can seat up to 100 people, has conference call facilities and can provide excellent, award-winning cuisine from stylish buffets to silver service dinners.
MEETinLEEDS sales and marketing manager, Harriet Boatwright said: “Leeds is a thriving, diverse city which continues to grow in popularity and its excellent air, rail and road links means it’s also easily accessible. The 2014 Tour de France which set off from Leeds showcased so well what all of us who live and work here already know, that you have to go a long way to find such an attractive, vibrant city. It’s really buzzing at the moment and it’s exciting to be playing such an important part in attracting people here and seeing them returning time after time.
“Over our 2015 100 day summer events calendar we saw over 35,000 bed nights across our campus residential portfolio. From Devonshire Hall to Storm Jameson, our city centre hotel-style apartments which houses 460 stunning en-suite bedrooms, with a modern 24-hour reception area, wifi and a nearby state-of-the art gym and pool available to all guests. Storm Jameson also features stylish lounge areas with comfortable seating and plasma screens to allow conference delegates to relax. We really do have a choice of options available for all event requirements.
“We look forward to continuing to work alongside external organisations as well as supporting a number of our university faculties and schools to deliver high quality, high impact events which will not only support their individual and the University’s overall strategic vision, but also boost the profile of the City of Leeds on a national and international scale.
“This year alone we have already seen a number of high profile events at the University of Leeds, including the four-day Medieval Congress – the largest gathering of its kind in the world; Teach First’s Annual Conference and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, an opportunity for young pianists to advance their careers and become the artists of the future.
“We really can cater for everything and everyone and we love the challenge that brings.”
In recent years, MEETinLEEDS has noticed an increase in organisations looking for more sustainable ways of working and meeting and is quickly gaining a reputation for leading the way in this arena. Not only is it attracting more sustainability events to the University, it is receiving national recognition with both Devonshire Hall and University House achieving the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award and the Platinum Award from Green Impact, an environmental accreditation and awards scheme run by the National Union of Students.
For further information about MEETinLEEDS and the University of Leeds’ conference and meeting facilities visit www.meetinleeds.co.uk or call 0113 343 6100