Amnesty International at Swansea University
Event: 2009 AGM and conference
Group size: 450
Agency: Blueprint Partners
Date: 4-5 April 2009
Event Overview: Amnesty International UK chose Swansea University's campus for its 2009 AGM and conference, which had a brief for more than 30 meeting rooms, an exhibition area, accommodation and space for dining and networking all on the one site.
Pamela Robb, events manager at Blueprint Partners, which organised the event, says the event used Swansea University to its full capacity. "The Taliesin theatre and annex hosted the plenary sessions and an exhibition area for 35 stands, while the Faraday and Kier Hardy buildings were filled to the brim with workshops," she says. "The Faraday building was a real asset due to its newly refurbished and integrated lecture theatres."
The Taliesin Arts Centre's theatre only seats 380, so a video link supplied content to an adjacent lecture theatre. Meals were served in the 500-capacity Refectory, which also hosted the Welsh barn dance on the first night. The campus is just a stone's throw from the sea and is linked by dual carriageway to the M4. Many delegates travelled by train, disembarking at Swansea's mainline station, which is linked to the campus by a Metro bus service.
Verdict: According to Robb, Amnesty's feedback specifically praised the catering standards at what it felt was a very successful event. "Throughout the event, university staff from all departments were on hand to deal with any request thrown at them and they did so with ease and professionalism," she says.
Amnesty International UK event manager Joanne Lynn adds: "It was a busy and exciting weekend. The AGM is the 'big event' for Amnesty members and a good opportunity to meet activists."