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AUCSO announces date and venue for Annual Conference 2023

Register now for the Early Bird Rate

The Heriot-Watt University Conference Centre, in Edinburgh has been announced as the exciting backdrop for this year’s 37th annual AUCSO (Association of University Chief Security Officers), Conference. The Conference will take place on Tuesday 18 April 2023 until Thursday 20 April 2023 and is open to both members and member institutions.

AUCSO, the leading organisation for security professionals working in higher and further education around the world, is delighted to announce that registration for the Conference is now open and delegates can take advantage of the Early Bird Rate up until the end of this month –

The exciting programme of impressive keynote speakers is currently being finalised and will be announced very soon. Alongside the speaker presentations there will also be the opportunity to join breakout sessions on various topical areas and this will be complemented by evening networking opportunities for all.

Last year the Conference saw record attendance of over 230 delegates including AUCSO members and guests and 45 industry exhibitors, its largest exhibition to date.  This year new suppliers and AUSCO partners will be supporting the Conference with a compelling exhibition of products and services.  Suppliers and AUSCO partners are encouraged to sign up early if they would like to exhibit at the Conference this year. Delegates will be able to visit the exhibition in between workshops and talks.

There will a welcome event and exhibitors fair on the Tuesday evening in the Conference Centre and a Networking Evening is planned for the Wednesday evening, held at the stunning Edinburgh Castle. The Castle is hundreds of years old, forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still has soldiers from the British Army garrisoned there.

The glittering Black Tie Gala Dinner and Awards Evening will take place on the Thursday evening at the Signet Library in Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. The Signet Library dates back to 1822 and is home to the Society of Writers to His Majesty’s Signet and holds the reference library for the Scottish Legal System. The winners of the AUCSO Awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

Commenting on the Conference, AUCSO Chief Operating Officer, Julie Barker, says:

“We are very much looking forward to our 37th annual Conference –  it will be great to see colleagues and friends – and meet new ones too.

“We are excited to offer the Early Bird Discount, which is available until the end of the month, and so do please register, for what we promise to be a highly thought-provoking and fascinating Conference.

“We are also keen to hear from businesses and charities who would be interested in exhibiting at the Conference as it’s a great way to promote your products or services to a targeted audience of university and security specialists.

“We particularly look forward to the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on the Thursday evening when we will announce the winners of the 2023 AUCSO Awards. It will be wonderful to see delegates, business partners, shortlisted colleagues and special guests come together to celebrate the amazing work security teams have achieved within their institutions during 2022.”

The Conference is open to AUSCO members and non-members. For further details and to register your place at the conference, and take advantage of the Early Bird Rate, please visit:

The cost is £525 per person (£499 for Early Bird Registration) and that includes:

Registration includes:

  • Attendance at all Conference sessions, refreshments, and lunches.
  • Attendance at all social events including the Welcome Reception Tuesday 18 April, AUCSO Dinner Wednesday 19 April and the Gala Dinner Thursday 20 April.
  • Accommodation at the Conference hotel (Check in Tuesday 18 April, Check Out Friday 21 April).

There is also a Day Delegate Rate of £200. Day delegates can also attend the AUCSO Dinner on Wednesday 19 April for £99 and the Gala Dinner and Awards on Thursday 20 April for £160 (both events subject to availability)

Registration for this year’s Conference closes on Friday 17 March.

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