(11th & 12th October 2012, Sheffield)

AURIL2012 took place on 11th and 12th October 2012 at the Hilton Sheffield Hotel. The conference covered a wide variety of topics with a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.

We were delighted to have Professor Keith Ridgway CBE and Professor Ian Hargreaves CBE as our keynote speakers. You can view the complete programme here.

The 2012 conference also saw the launch of the JISC Online Handbook in CRM Good Practice, an output from the JISC Business and Community Engagement (BCE) Programme and the AURIL/JISC Professional Development Framework and Diagnostic Tool for BCE, funded by the JISC BCE programme.

Breakout Sessions

Delegates also had the opportunity to attend a selection of break-out sessions on the following topics:

Catapults in OperationIntelligent Brokering
Embedding Impact Analysis good practice in researchHEBCI Survey Review
How to manage relationships for mutual benefitLearning the knowledge
Directors’ Cut (Adding Value)HEFCE led discussion on Knowledge Exchange and Economic Recovery

More details are available here.


For delegates arriving early, a tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing took place on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th October in the Rolls Royce Factory of the Future and the Nuclear AMRC. The tour proved to be a fascinating and inspiring experience and we'd like to thank the staff at the AMRC for welcoming us.


On behalf of everyone at AURIL, a huge thank you to all of the speakers who made the conference so insightful and stimulating, the delegates for their input and enthusiasm, and the conference organisers and venue staff for the smooth running of a successful event.

See you next year for AURIL2013!