University support

This year, we are looking for universities to partner with us or to become supporters. In the past, we have covered all student travel and accommodation from sponsorship, however the event has grown to the stage where we are looking for universities to support us as sponsors, partners (covering their students’ travel) or both. We have evidence going back 15 years showing that students enjoy the event and leave more confident about the discipline, the profession and their studies, so this is an opportunity for institutions to contribute to this.  Universities interested in hosting future events should also get in touch.

University supporters

Supporting universities offer substantial assistance to the event either financially or in kind. Levels of support are:

  • Gold: £2500
  • Silver: £1000
  • Bronze: £500

These funds will help offset our central accommodation costs, and if need be, lunches and coffee breaks.  We have one Platinum supporter place but this has already gone to London South Bank University.

We will list supporters on this website for each year, and can provide a certificate showing the level of support (for use in e.g. Athena Swan applications) if needed. Supporters are welcome to attend the event and promote their institution (e.g. for postgraduate recruitment). Note: the event is run on a not-for-profit basis, and so there will be a limited number of supporter places available.

University partners

Partner universities agree to fund the travel of all student poster contest finalists attending from their institution. This means return public transport to Sheffield for the day, or some kind of open return/two singles for students from farther afield universities.

We plan to cover accommodation centrally, for those students who can’t get to Sheffield University for an 0930 start. There’s a real benefit to having the students in the same hotel (in terms of block booking, and in terms of safety – with undergraduate and MSc women travelling to a strange city, many of them for the first time, it is better if they’re all in the same place).

2023 university partners and supporters


These universities have pledged financial support to cover the running costs of the event, or have provided significant in-kind support.

  • London South Bank University (Platinum)
  • Aberystwyth University (Gold)
  • The University of Sheffield (Gold)
  • The University of Bath (Gold)
  • City University (Silver)
  • University of Manchester (Silver)
  • University of Warwick (Silver)
  • Aston University (Bronze)
  • Lancaster University (Bronze)
  • University of Edinburgh (Bronze)
  • University of York (Bronze)


These universities will cover their students’ travel to the event in 2023.

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Aston University
  • Brunel University
  • The University of Buckingham
  • Durham University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Kings College London
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Warwick

Future hosts

To host the event we ask institutions to commit to providing rooms (a large flat space for ~125 posters, a theatre style space for talks holding ~250 people, space for lunch/coffees and employer stands, ideally some form of quiet chillout space), poster boards, and to assist in liaison with local businesses for social events, hotel accommodation and possible sponsors. Hosts usually provide one of the speakers (a research talk).


To be added to this page, contact Hannah Dee ( copied to deputy chair Safia Barikzai (