MEETinLEEDS scoops up Best Accessibility at the Academic Venue Awards 2019

MEETinLEEDS, the conference and events facilities at the University of Leeds, has scooped up the Best Accessibility award at the 2019 Academic Venue Awards.

This year marked the third edition of the prestigious Academic Venue Conference and Awards, a full day event specifically crafted to bring together the best of the industry to share knowledge and highlight excellence that has been achieved over the last 12 months. The Academic Venue Conference took place on the afternoon of Friday 22nd November at the Victory Services Club in London, which was followed by the much-anticipated awards ceremony in the evening.

The team at MEETinLEEDS were recognised for their outstanding efforts in ensuring that their academic venues were inclusive and accessible to all, taking home the 2019 Best Accessibility Award for the third year in a row. An event hosted by MEETinLEEDS that best demonstrated the performance and versatility of the facility space was the Communication Matters National AAC Conference, which took place in September. This marks the 8th year that MEETinLEEDS has hosted the conference on campus, showcasing how the team continue to work closely with the organisers to meet their needs. The conference is the UK’s leading annual AAC event, with a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations and exhibitions held over two and a half days. What’s more, in preparation for the conference, the team at MEETinLEEDS all undertook important face-to-face training with the aim of helping trainees identify ‘good communication’. This award also follows the Early Adopter status for the Communication Access symbol that MEETinLEEDS were awarded with last year; a symbol dedicated to indicating spaces that are accessible for people with communication difficulties.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised for the hard work and dedication of our teams over the last 12 months with the Best Accessibility award. Our customers are our inspiration and they closely work with us, and with our wider teams, to ensure that we deliver facilities and services that enhance their delegates’ experience. The Academic Venues Awards provides a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work taking place across academic venues, and we’re extremely proud to sit alongside our friends from across the sector. We’d like to thank the AVA for a fantastic evening and we very much look forward to celebrating our award win with our teams and customers!”