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Annual Conference

ASRA 2019: Message From The Chair

By PoppyHumphrey 15 Feb 2019

Well, we are well and truly over 21 now and what a great celebration we had in Birmingham for the 2018 Conference.

We had an overwhelming number of new delegates and hopefully, they all returned to their workplaces singing the praises of what I feel is an amazing association.

I would like this opportunity to thank our existing and new exhibitors, sponsors and members for the support they give ASRA.

I would also like to say a big thanks to the people that work behind the scenes to bring all the pieces of the jigsaw together and ensure that everything is in place and goes smoothly.

So to Aviemore in Scotland! I know some would have been concerned about the journey but what a beautiful place it is for our 22nd anniversary!


As the conference draws closer, it’s time to cajole and convince your managers, owners and partners of the benefits of being at the largest student accommodation conference.

If you need any convincing, which I doubt, I am sure you will all agree that the benefits of attending are amazing, the training this year will include member-led discussions, supplier showcases, areas specific to Wales and Scotland, cultural areas, legal issues and social media to name just a few. We will once again encourage attendance at the Sunday afternoon and our 'Bringing People Together’ session which we hope will be an enthusiastic and engaging event to start the conference off.


We will officially start the conference off with a great keynote speaker, Linda Moir, I am sure you will find her engaging and memorable and someone that you will talk about in the future.  We encourage members to attend our Suppliers Showcases which gives our exhibitors an opportunity to reveal what they have to offer to a wider audience with a range of areas to suit all.

As always we have to thank our old faithful and new exhibitors who provide us with a diverse range of stands and are always on hand to discuss and promote their wares in a great environment.

So why would you not attend?…there is something for everyone, with a great opportunity to network, catch up with colleagues and share experiences, especially after the training events!

So thanks to all of you for supporting your Student Accommodation Association, we are the student accommodation people!

Look forward to seeing you in Aviemore!

Karen J Burke

#asra2019 – Bringing People Together


PoppyHumphrey is ASRA Communications & IT Officer. Based at Manchester Student Homes
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