Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences 25th anniversary conference

  • Tue 4 - Wed 5 Sep 18


  • Colchester Campus

    Essex Business School

  • Event type


  • Event organiser

    Biological Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Selwa Alsam

The 25th Anniversary HUCBMS Conference will be held at the University of Essex, in the Essex Business School.

The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex is hosting and organising the 25th Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS) conference on 4 and 5 September 2018. The event will be held in the Essex Business School set in the picturesque Wivenhoe Park, a striking landscape of more than 200 acres immortalised in oils by world-famous painter John Constable.


Further Information



Final Conference Programme (.pdf)

The conference is relevant to all delegates with an interest in policy and practice developments in higher education and research and will cover the following broad themes:

  • International Challenges
  • Teaching and Learning Developments
  • Research, Innovation and Impact
  • Public and Political Communication

 Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Vincenzo Ramio, Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), University of Reading
  • Dr Kim Hackett, REF 2021 Manager
  • Consola Evans (Head of Membership), Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Vikki Forsyth, Office for Students
  • Sal Jarvis, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education & Student Experience), University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr Ian Turner, RSB Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year (2017), University of Derby
  • Professor Bart Rienties, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University
  • Katherine Mathieson, CEO, British Science Association
  • Dr Stephen Benn, Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Royal Society of Biology
  • Dr Daniel Korbel, Global Head of Science, British Council


Social Events

On 4 September there will be a barbecue style dinner and entertainment in the grounds of Wivenhoe House Hotel, situated in the picturesque Wivenhoe Park.

The conference dinner on 5 September will be held at Layer Marney Tower, a historical Tudor Palace and home of the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in Britain. Upon arrival, guests will be served with drinks and canapes and will have the opportunity to explore the Tower and grounds. This will be followed by a two-course dinner with entertainment from the Blue Meteors. Coach transport to and from the venue is provided.


Conference packages include B&B accommodation (standard or premium), lectures, lunches and refreshments and social events on 4 and 5 September. A non-residential package is also available.

Standard accommodation is offered on campus at Manningtree Court (single occupancy en-suite student accommodation) and includes breakfast at the campus restaurant Canteen.

Premium accommodation is offered at the 4* Wivenhoe House Hotel. Single rooms or twin rooms (for delegates who wish to share a room) are available and both include breakfast. Limited availability, available on a first come first served basis. If booking the Wivenhoe House double occupancy package please email bwilk@essex.ac.uk with the name of the second occupant once you have completed your booking.


  • Conference package - non-residential £255
  • Conference package and standard accommodation at Manningtree Court £365
  • Conference package and premium accommodation at Wivenhoe House (double occupancy) £390  SOLD OUT
  • Conference package and premium accommodation at Wivenhoe House (single occupancy) £495  SOLD OUT

Registration is now open and will close on 2 August.

Get in touch
Dr Selwa Alsam BMS Course Director
School of Biological Sciences
Telephone: 01206 873328
Dr Beverley Wilkinson Research Services and Projects Manager
School of Biological Sciences
Telephone: 01206 874756

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